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G Experiència is the only exhibition space in the world dedicated to Antoni Gaudí where you can access to all life and works of the Catalan architect in an interactive format.

INTRODUCTION

The life and work of an innovative architect

Did you know that the Sagrada Família isn’t the only project he left unfinished? Do you know how many works he carried out for the Güell family? Have you ever wondered how many religious buildings he designed?
These are the architectural works by Gaudí you can find at G Experiència. Want to find out all about them using state-of-the-art interactive technology? Come, touch, learn and enjoy.

G Experiència recoge, de forma interactiva, la vida y obra del arquitecto catalán, desde su nacimiento en Reus en 1852 hasta su muerte en Barcelona a los 74 años. Grandes paneles interactivos en 9 idiomas te permitirán descubrir su vida, obra, y proyectos. También podrás contemplar una maqueta del Park Güell y otra del Hotel Attraction de Nueva York, proyecto que Gaudí nunca llegó a materializar.

¿Quieres saber qué vas a encontrar en la exposición? Aquí tienes algunas pinceladas de la información, como la biografía de Antoni Gaudí o sus obras.

“G Experiència no es sólo una experiencia contemplativa, sino una experiencia total, inmersiva, en la que se implican todos los sentidos y todas las dimensiones.”

JOSEP MARIA MAINAT Y TONI CRUZ
Idea y promotores – Crumain Iniciatives

ARCHITECTURAL WORK

A review of the work of Gaudí

Did you know that the Sagrada Família isn’t the only project he left unfinished? Do you know how many works he carried out for the Güell family? Have you ever wondered how many religious buildings he designed?
These are the architectural works by Gaudí you can find at G Experiència. Want to find out all about them using state-of-the-art interactive technology? Come, touch, learn and enjoy.

List of his 27 works

  • Schools of the Sagrada Familia

    (1908-1909)

  • Crypt of the Colònia Güell

    (1908-1914)

  • Torre Damià Mateu, La Miranda

    (1906-1907)

  • Casa Milà, La Pedrera

    (1906-1910)

  • Gardens of Can Artigas

    (1905-1906)

  • Chalet del Catllaràs

    (1905)

  • Workshop of the Badia brothers

    (1904)

  • Sala Mercè

    (1904)

  • Restoration of Mallorca Cathedral

    (1904-1914)

  • Casa Batlló

    (1904-1906)

  • Wall and entry gate of the Miralles Estate

    (1901-1902)

  • Bellesguard Villa

    (1900-1909)

  • Park Güell

    (1900-1914)

  • Casa Calvet

    (1898-1899)

  • Cellers Güell

    (1895-1900)

  • Buildings for the Cooperativa Obrera Mataronense

    (1874-1885)

  • Works at Ciutadella Park

    (1875-1882)

  • Casa Vicens

    (1883-1888)

  • Expiatory Church of the Sagrada Familia

    (1883-1926)

  • Villa Quijano, El Capricho

    (1883-1885)

  • Pavilions of the Güell estate

    (1884-1887)

  • Palacio Güell

    (1886-1890)

  • Chaplain's house and workshop of the Sagrada Familia

    (1887-1912)

  • Pavilion of the CompanyíaTransatlàntica

    (1888)

  • Teresian School

    (1875-1882)

  • Episcopal Palace in Astorga

    (1889-1893)

  • Casa Fernández y Andrés, Casa Botines

    (1891-1892)

PROJECTS NEVER CARRIED OUT

Discover things you sure did not know

Did you know that Antoni Gaudí already started to shine in the subject of projects when he was studying architecture? Or that he designed a monument for a public space in Barcelona? Did you know he started work on a project for a skyscraper for a hotel in New York?
These are some of Gaudí’s projects that never got to see the light of day but which you can find at G Experiència. Want to find out all about them using state-of-the-art interactive technology? Come, touch, learn and enjoy.

List of his 12 projects

  • Hunting lodge in El Garraf

    (1882)

  • Street lights for Passeig de Mar

    (1880)

  • Girossi News stand

    (1878)

  • Degree work

    (1875-1878)

  • Chapel for Alella Church

    (1883)

  • Franciscan Missions

    (1892-1893)

  • Façade of the Sanctuary of Mercy in Reus

    (1903)

  • Chalet Graner

    (1904)

  • Monument to Jaume I

    (1907)

  • Hotel Attraction

    (1908)

  • Monumento a Torras i Bages

    (1916)

  • Monumento a Prat de la Riba

    (1917-1918)

DECORATION, FURNITURE AND DESIGN

Discover small secrets of your work

Did you know that Antoni Gaudí also designed the furniture for the Sagrada Família? Do you know how many street lamps Gaudí designed in Barcelona?
These are the pieces of decoration, furniture and design you can find at G Experiència. Want to find out all about them using state-of-the-art interactive technology? Come, touch, learn and enjoy.

23 examples

  • Desk

    (1878)

  • Furniture and bandstand for the first Marquis of Comillas

    (1878-1881)

  • Lamp posts for Barcelona City Council

    (1878)

  • Banner and decoration for the Cooperativa Obrera Mataronense

    (1874-1885)

  • Glass display case for the Comella glove factory

    (1878)

  • Altar and decoration of the Church of Jesus Maria of Sant Andreu del Palomar

    (1879-1881)

  • Decoration of the Gibert pharmacy

    (1879)

  • Altar of the Chapel of Jesus Maria in Tarragona

    (1880-1884)

  • Decorative elements for the gardens of the Güell Estate

    (1884-1885)

  • Altar for the Bocabella chapel

    (1885-1890)

  • Furniture for the Crypt of the Colònia Güell

    (1913-1914)

  • Furniture for the Sagrada Familia

    (1885-1926)

  • Pulpit for the church of Santa Maria in Blanes

    (1912)

  • Decoration and furniture of the Palau Güell

    (1888-1890)

  • Lamp posts for the Plaça Major in Vic

    (1910)

  • Furniture in the Casa Calvet

    (1899-1900)

  • First Mystery of the Glory of the Monumental Rosary at Montserrat

    (1907)

  • Standard of Reus residents in Barcelona

    (1900)

  • Banner of the Association of Locksmiths and Blacksmiths of Barcelona

    (1906)

  • Standard of the Orfeó Feliuà

    (1900)

  • Decoration and liturgical furnishings for Mallorca Cathedral

    (1904-1914)

  • Decoration and furniture of the Casa Batlló

    (1904-1906)

  • Arab Room of the Cafè Torino

    (1902)

BIOGRAPHY

Do you know Antoni Gaudí’s personal history? You will find all the information about the life of the Catalan Architect in Gaudí Experiència’s interactive walls.

Antoni Gaudí i Cornet was born on 25 June 1852 in Camp de Tarragona. Some sources say in Reus, where he was baptised, and others at the house in Riudoms, the neighbouring village, where his family came from. His father and both his grandparents were boilermakers, and as Gaudí himself recounted, he learned his special skill in dealing with three-dimensional space by observing boilermakers at work. Another key fact in the architect’s childhood was his delicate health which forced him to spend long periods convalescing at home in Riudoms. There he spent many hours contemplating nature, drawing lessons that he was to apply later in his architecture.

After starting his secondary education at the Escolapian School in Reus, Antoni Gaudí moved to Barcelona in 1869 with his older brother. In the Catalan capital he completed his schooling and after meeting the entrance requirements in 1873 enrolled in the Provincial School of Architecture. Although an indifferent student he showed early indications of genius, opening the way to collaboration with some of his lecturers. After gaining his architect’s diploma in January 1878, Gaudí set up his own firm. Some months later an event occurred that was to be crucial to his career: he was introduced to industrialist Eusebi Güell i Bacigalupi, with whom he struck up a lifelong friendship and professional relationship. Many of Gaudí’s works were commissioned by Güell, his most enthusiastic client.

Gaudí’s rise to be one of the most outstanding architects of the first Modernista generation was meteoric. In the final decades of the nineteenth century when he completed the Güell Palace he was already one of the most famous architects in Barcelona. This work saw the end of Gaudí’s first youthful phase, marked by a personal revision of Gothic and Muslim architecture and including buildings like Casa Vicens, El Capricho, the Güell Estate buildings, the crypt of the Sagrada Familia, the School of the Teresianas and the Episcopal Palace in Astorga. From 1890 onwards Gaudí perfected his understanding of architectural space and the applied arts, giving his work unique and unsuspected qualities that stood out from the other Modernist architecture of his day. These were Gaudí’s mature years in which a succession of master works appeared: Bellesguard Villa, Park Güell, the restoration of Mallorca Cathedral, the church of the Colònia Güell, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, and the Nativity façade of the Sagrada Familia.

However, the splendour of Gaudí’s architecture coincided with a progressive withdrawal in personal matters. While he increasingly disengaged from social life his religious feelings deepened. In 1914 he abandoned all other work to concentrate on the Sagrada Familia. Aware that he would not live to see it completed, he did his best to leave it at an advanced stage for coming generations. In fact, Gaudí was only to see one of its towers in its final form. On 10 June 1926 the architect died from injuries suffered after being run over by a tram. Two days later he was buried at the Sagrada Familia after a massive funeral in which most of Barcelona took to the streets to pay homage to the most brilliant and universal architect that the city had ever seen.

TIMELINE

1873-1877

While studying architecture Gaudí collaborated with some of his teachers, receiving his earliest commissions. He also often visited the workshops of cabinetmaker Eudald Puntí and sculptor Llorenç Matamala, in Carrer de la Cendra in Barcelona. The two artists, who would later become Gaudí’s loyal collaborators, taught him the secrets of the applied arts in architecture.

1874

Gaudí designed the emblem of a local workers’ cooperative, the Cooperativa Obrera Mataronense.

1874-1878

Gaudí enlisted for compulsory military service, coinciding with the Third Carlist War, but without having to serve.

1875-1882

Gaudí worked as a draughtsman for master builder Josep Fontserè i Mestre and worked with him on the new Ciutadella Park in Barcelona.

1876

Gaudí worked for his construction professor Leandre Serrallach i Mas on designs for the Villa Arcàdia at the foot of Montjuïc, which was never built. He also collaborated with the company in charge of bringing the tramway to the area.

1876-1877

Gaudí worked as a draughtsman for Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano, professor at the School of Architecture. He drew up a series of plans for the Monastery of Montserrat, among them the niche for the Virgin, to which Gaudí contributed personally.

1 July 1876

Gaudí’s older brother Francesc died aged 25 shortly after qualifying as a doctor and before he could start to exercise his profession.

1875-1882

Gaudí worked as a draughtsman for master builder Josep Fontserè i Mestre and worked with him on the new Ciutadella Park in Barcelona.

8 September 1876

Gaudí’s mother Antònia Cornet i Bertran died in Reus. Shortly afterwards his father, Francesc Gaudí i Serra, closed his business and went to live with his son in Barcelona.

1 April 1877

Gaudí entered a contest for drawing an industrial application called by the Ateneu Barcelonès. His entry was not successful.

1878

After finishing his degree Gaudí set up his studio in the El Call district and had business card printed to his own design.

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