A word from Gaudi ...
“I know that the architects’ personal taste, which will succeed me, will
influence in the Sagrada Familia works, but this doesn’t grieve me: I believe it
will be beneficial for the Temple. It will mark the unit of time within the general plan
unity. The temples have this advantage: given that their program is invariable, they may
be conceived within the span of several centuries and their needs don’t change at
all. And the new artists who will intervene in it, as time goes by, and even with new
architectural styles, will give it more expression and monumental richness to the ensemble.
The great temples have never been the work of a single architect.”
Last 3rd November 2003 was the 120th anniversary in which
Gaudí took charge of the building works of the Sagrada Familia
24th issue, December 2003
accents omitted deliberately
- MERRY GAUDINIAN CHRISTMAS: WE OFFER YOU A PRESENT
- CHRISTMAS LOTTERY
- THE EXHIBITION INTERNATIONAL REFLECTIONS OF GAUDÍ
- GAUDINIAN CHRISTMAS PRESENTS
- REVOLUTION IN THE COLONIA GÜELL:
THE MISCARED CRYPT
- II PRIZE OF POETRY AND SHORT NARRATIVE GAUDI 2004
- GAUDINIAN NEWS: A NEW ASSOCIATION RELATED WITH GAUDÍ
- CURIOSITIES: 120th ANNIVERSARY OF GAUDÍ IN THE SAGRADA FAMILIA
1. MERRY GAUDINIAN CHRISTMAS
Gaudí, Christmas, Family
Those three ideas materialise in the Sagrada Familia Nativity façade. With this
image, created by Anton Gaudí i Cornet, we, from the Gaudí & Barcelona
Club, wish you
MERRY AND GAUDINIAN CHRISTMAS
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2. CHRISTMAS LOTTERY
Last days to purchase your gaudinian lottery number!!! ¿Won’t you take
part with us in the Christmas “Gordo” (the lottery main prize)?
The toss will take place next Monday 22nd of December, 2003 and our number is:
It coincides with the Gaudí’s date of birth: 25th June 1852. Besides, it
is a symmetrical number.
The lottery tickets consist in:
5 euros + donation of 1 euro = 6 euros
As a guarantee, the tenth parts are kept in the savings bank Caixa d'Estalvis del Penedès.
All the lottery tickets are numbered.
Buy your lottery tickets in:
If you wish so, we may send you the personalised lottery tickets by internet, or to
send them by mail.
May Gaudí bring us plenty of good luck!!
3. THE EXHIBITION “INTERNATIONAL REFLECTIONS OF GAUDI”
The Gaudi & Barcelona Club presents the exhibition “International Reflections
of Gaudi” in the Montserrat cloister of the Sagrada Familia Temple. It is a sample
of the works made by our members from all around the world. This exhibition may be visited
till January 17th 2004. Don’t miss it!!
See the on-line catalogue
4. GAUDINIAN CHRISTMAS PRESENTS
Maybe you want to make an artistic present? A cultural one perhaps? In our on-line,
shop, specialised in gaudinian presents, surely you will find what you are wishing. Connect
Besides, from now on, the titular members –they support us with their yearly contribution-,
will enjoy of discounts in our on-line shop, apart from many other advantages.
For further information:http://www.gaudiclub.com/registro/condiciones.asp?lang=eng
5. REVOLUTION IN THE COLONIA GÜELL: THE MISCARED CRYPT
Storm clouds threat the singular work by Gaudí: the restoration of the Colonia
Güell Crypt creates turbulent passions among the defenders and the detractors of
As we advanced in our previous Gaudí News issue, the Crypt is in heating actuality
in the world press. After the criticism coming from the villagers and the unfavourable
reports of this restoration, the UNESCO questions the revision of the candidature of the
Gaudí's works as a World Heritage.
At the same time, in Barcelona, pressures to force the rectification of the project by
the architect responsible of the restoration, Antoni González are being made. Last
Wednesday, 10th of December, a debate was convoked about “The Colonia Güell
Crypt: between preserving and re-invention”
you may also find the manifesto, which have signed more than 70 intellectuals and architects
against that restoration. If you find it fitting, you may also sign this appeal. You only
have to fill in the small appliance form you will find after the text.
6. II PRIZE OF POETRY AND SHORT NARRATIVE GAUDÍ 2004
After the success of the first edition of our literary contest, from the Gaudí
& Barcelona Club, we convoke the II Gaudí Prize of Poetry and Short Narrative
2004. So that you can start gathering the muses, dust your creativeness and to enjoy the
great adventure of writing a tale or a poem. If your work is unpublished and has a gaudinian
thematic, then it fulfils the most important requirements to win the prize. You only have
to send it to us.
You will be able to consult the contest rules in our web soon.
Cheer up, and take part in our literary contest!!
7. GAUDINIAN NEWS: A NEW ASSOCIATION RELATED WITH GAUDÍ
The figure of Antoni Gaudí is amidst a beatifying process, thanks to the efforts
of the Antoni Gaudí Pro-Beatifying Association. As we have already being informing,
since last May 2003, his beatifying proceeding has been initiated in the Vatican.
The anxiety created by this affair has caused the creation of a new association, Truth
and Justice, which is an active part in the beatifying process of diocesan priests and
religious, martyrs in the Spanish Civil War.
Some of the architect's most reputed scholars are members of the entity: Antoni Oliva,
biographer of Gaudí, Joan Bassegoda, curator of the Royal Gaudí Chair; Josep
M. Garrut, the director of the Casa-Museo Gaudí in the Park Güell; Lluis Bonet,
parish priest of the Sagrada Familia; and Josep M. Ainaud de Lasarte, historian; among
8. CURIOSITIES: 120th ANNIVERSARY OF GAUDÍ IN THE SAGRADA
The 3rd of November 1883 Gaudí assumed the leading of the Sagrada Familia Temple
works. So that, 120 years ago it was started the building of what would later become the
symbol of Barcelona.
Although Gaudí officially assumed the leading of the works the 28th March 1884,
he had been working in them for a year, since the 3rd of November 1883. The first plans
he officially signed, in December 1884, were the elevation and longitudinal section of
the St. Joseph’s chapel –the central one in the ambulatory-. Its construction
was very fast and it was inaugurated the 19th March 1885, being celebrated there the fist
mass the following day.
For further information, you can read the whole article, which our member José
Manuel Almuzara, architect and president of the Antoni Gaudí Pro-Beatifying Association,
has sent to us: http://www.gaudiclub.com/ingles/i_links/120anivsf.asp
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