new books for the Gaudí Library Fund
Barcelona, Jannuary 2003.- As the starting of the 151st Aniversary
of Gaudí two new books about the architect were presented
in the assembly hall of the Caixa de Catalunya Foundation in the
Casa Milà last Thursday, January , 16th.
In it, they took part in the act: J.L. Jiménez Frontín,
director of the Fundació Caixa Catalunya; Jaume Santmartí,
director of the ETSAB; the director of publishings of the UPC;
and the authors of the two books, the architects José Mª
Montaner, Pedro Azara and Juan Bassegoda Nonell, the curator of
the Royal Gaudí Chair.
The first book
corresponds with the exhibition Hotel Attraction: una catedral
laica, that took place in December 2002 in the Royal Gaudí
Chair. It is a compilation of documents referring to the
work attributed to Gaudí and that was never built,
but that presently it is a highly current issue as a reborn
project. It groups the monography of Juan Matamala and his
illustrations, together with the ones by Gaudí, the
minutious study of the architect Marcos Mejía López
and the contributions made by the students of the Technical
Superior School of Architecture of Barcelona.
it encloses an article and a CD-ROM with the hotel recreation
and its hypotetic location in Manhattan made by Marc Mascort,
a designer and also professor of the New York University.
second book Josep Bayó Font, contractista de Gaudí,
is the complete transcription of a conversation held in January
1970 between the contractor José Bayó Font and
the professor, and also the author of the book, Juan Bassegoda
Nonell. This tape was recorded in a rudimentary and bulky
magnetophone. The book offers a valuable first hand material
for the scholars, with plenty of not known data about the
construction of several gaudinian buildings, from someone
who had always been so close to the architect.
should be added as a colophon that last May 2002, Mr. Joan
Sardà Forest, who purchased the Bayó building
firm in 1960, has ceded to the Royal Gaudí Chair part
of his archives, including the glass negatives of many interesting
photographs taken during the building of the Casa Milà,
and the first Glorious mistery in the Monumental Rosary of
Montserrat, of a doubtless documental richness.