2017: Puig i Cadafalch year
2017 we celebrate the Year of Josep Puig i Cadafalch which marks 150 years since he was born.
Puig i Cadafalch was born in Mataró in 1867 and is one of the most representative architects of modernist architecture, along with Lluis Domenech i Montaner, who was a disciple, and of course Antoni Gaudí. Apart from giving recognition to his architectural highlights, his role as President of the Federation of Catalonia for six years, from 1917 to 1923 was an important achievement.
In 2017, as it is the 150th anniversary of his birth and to spread the word about this figure, a whole series of activities have been programmed by the Department of Culture of the Generalitat, the Diputación de Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona all the city councils in Barcelona, Mataro and Montblanc. Among these activities the highlight is a Congress planned for the month of October 2017. Also the Puig i Cadafalch figure will be diffused in Paris with a series of commemorative days.
In the city of Barcelona, you can enjoy several of Puig i Cadafalch pieces of work such as:
- Casa Amatller,completed in 1900 and located in the Block of Discord, that responds to the model of a Gothic palace with a stepped top that is reminiscent of flamenco art.
- Palau Macaya, a piece of work from 1901 declared a Cultural Property of National Interest, stands out for the Sgraffitoes that are on the façade that looks out to San Juan´s Passage and also in the lobby.
- Palau Baró de Quadras, between 1904 and 1906 Puig i Cadafalch renovated an old house located on The Diagonal Avenue, where the use of pottery and reminiscence Plateresque style stands out in the gallery of escarpment arches.
- Casa de les Punxes, made in 1905 and declared a Cultural Property of National Interest, stands out in the city for its castle aspect and its strategic location on The Diagonal Avenue.
Luckily, it is possible to visit these four pieces of work, in addition the Casa Amatller celebrates its second year anniversary from when it opened to the public for cultural visits this Sunday, March 12th. A celebration that will take place with a large chocolate, in memory of the chocolate industrialist who commissioned this piece of work by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Mr. Antoni Amatller.