japonisme: wonders in small pieces

15 November 2007

wonders in small pieces

(somehow i find myself strongly drawn to mosaics just now. i think this post will be part of a series.)

The Palau de la Música Catalana (”Palace of Catalan Music”) in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, is a concert hall built between 1905 and 1908, designed by the Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. It was inaugurated in 1908, and its style is known as modernisme, the local term to design the Art Nouveau, whose most noteworthy practitioner was Antoni Gaudí.

The Palau de la Música Catalana was built to be the concert hall of the Orfeó Català (”Catalan Choir”), the most important choir in Catalonia in the beginning of the XXth century. The project was financed by this institution, principally, but also by the donations of the well-living bourgeoisie in the city.

Due to the wealthy circumstances and the increasing sympathy of industrialists and bourgeoisie to Catalan nationalism, Montaner was asked for a national, symbolist architecture and building. So he added the traditional ceramics and “maons”, and asked other well-known Catalan artists to work with him. As a consequence, the Palau shows a wide variety of techniques and materials, both inside and outside.

In 1997, it was added as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 1

Palau de la Música Catalana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mosaic Art Source - Spain Mosaic Image Archive

(the peacock is from india!)



Blogger Imani said...

What a coincidence -- right now I'm reading Merce Rodoreda, a Catalan author, and an introductory book to Maurice Maeterlinck, a Belgian Symbolist writer. (Granted the literary and artistic Symbolists movements were rather different.)

Anyway, I like when our thinking paths cross, however slightly. :)

16 November, 2007 13:26  
Blogger Princess Haiku said...

Lovely post, but can't concentrate so will come back when I'm more lucid and can absorb the beauty. I have bronchitis and am missing a flute ensemble practice tomorrow. So I'm moping :( I hope that I dream that I go to a carnival in a blue satin gown with a blue matching mask with real topaz stones embroidered on it. Now that would be some consolation.

17 November, 2007 01:43  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

imani--so nice to see you. actually, i think the various symbolist movements were quite similar! and yeah, i totally know what you mean about really liking those little coincidences--me too.

princess-- with a ruddy-cheeked blond sailor, no doubt....

17 November, 2007 12:30  

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