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Antoni Gaudí at MNAC

Deconstructed Myth


Misunderstood genius with a halo of sainthood? Skilled frequenter of bishops and powers-that-be? A great many things have been said about the modernist architect, and many of them are myths. Myths which the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya has taken upon itself to tear down through an exhibition put together by Juan José Lahuerta, chief curator of the institution. It presents an abundance of documents and objects, in the likeness of the cluttered atelier of the master himself; proof that the man born in Reus in 1852 was no self-absorbed visionary but a cosmopolitan intellectual, one who was not only highly sensitive to European artistic currents of the moment but also keenly receptive to the needs of society in a Barcelona undergoing profound transformation...

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