The Musée d'Orsay will host the first major exhibition devoted to Antoni Gaudí organized in France in Paris in fifty years. In an immersive museographic experience, it will show the spectacular creations of this unique artist, in particular, presenting sets of furniture never before exhibited in France. It will offer a new vision of the artist as a unique and singular figure, a non-isolated genius who practiced in a Catalonia in the midst of social, political and urbanistic upheaval.
The exhibition will focus on showing the architect's creative process at a time of an exceptional local artistic profusion linked to “Modernism” or the Art Nouveau movement in Spain, supported by distinguished patrons, anxious to distinguish Catalonia, a land of Mediterranean identity. Gaudí's workshop, his many collaborators, and his sophisticated working techniques will be the guiding line of the exhibition to make the public understand the extraordinary inventive capacity of the architect who defied all the creation of the moment.
Through the few surviving drawings of the artist, models and many works of furniture, the exhibition will reconstruct what characterizes Gaudí: space and color. It will lead visitors through his creations of palaces, urban hotels, parks, churches with the unusual project of the Sagrada Familia. Films, photographs and period documents will testify to the vitality of the plastic architect's career but also to the artistic upheaval operated forever on Barcelona.
Exhibition organized by the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, with the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya in Barcelona (MNAC)
Exhibition on display from November 19, 2021 to March 6, 2022 at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya in Barcelona (MNAC)