Josep Maria Llovera Jané on YouTube–Beautiful images emitted by TV3 of Catalonia on the day of the inauguration of La Sagrada Familia (Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia) in 2010. A year later I did this 17-minute summary in order to give more publicity to this unique architectural gem, designed by Antoni Gaudi. (Note: If you have a broadband Internet connection we recommend that you select “HD” and watch the video full screen.)
This 45-minute video is a casual visitor’s visual stroll through the art and architecture of Barcelona, the capital of Spain’s northeastern región of Catalonia. The city is renowned for the Modernist architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
They hosted the 1992 Summer Olympics as well as world-class conferences and expositions many international sport tournaments. This tour includes most of the touristic highlights: Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral; the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner; la Casa de Les Punxes, designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch; the Passeig de Gràcia.
In this 50-minute video Catalan painter, Eva Bosch, comments on the life and work of surrealist Spanish painter, sculptor, print maker and ceramicist, Joan Miró, the artist who portrayed humankind’s infantile subconscious. (Bosch interviewed Miró in 1980 when she was an undergraduate by showing up at the gate to his house in Palma and chatting up the gardener.) Born in Barcelona in 1893, Miró belonged to the generation after the great modernist architect, Antoni Gaudí, and grew up immersed in the Art Noveau atmosphere that prevailed in Catalunya–not only in architecture, but also in fine art, handicrafts, furniture design, etc.–at that time. Miró achieved worldwide recognition in Paris between 1920 and the outbreak of World War II, when he took refuge and continued creating in his mother’s home city of Palma de Mallorca.
Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia cathedral is a Barcelona icon with millions of visitors every year, despite being notoriously unfinished. Last weekend, during the festa mayor of La Mercè, the patron saint of Catalonia, 33.600 people crowded into its massive nave to see a new video that portrays a virtual version of the temple in its completed state, an event scheduled for the year 2026 in the real world.
As the real world is a bit trickier than the virtual one for getting projects done, the promoters add “if the work continues at the rhythm of recent years.” More…