MODERNISME TOUR 1/2 DAY

 

Tour Duration: 4 Hours
Max. Nº People: 9
Tour Type: Transport Based
Tour Price: Please ask for an updated price

Tour Exclusions: Entrance fees are not included in the tour price.

Concentrating on the best works designed by the 2nd and 3rd masters of Catalan Art Nouveau or Modernisme: Domènech i Montaner and Puig i Cadafalch. Visit the Museu del Modernisme Català. 

Modernisme Tour Half Day

Visit the unique Hospital de Sant Pau and Casa Terrades. Enter partially the magnificent Palau de la Música Catalana, Palau Macaya, Casa Fuster and Casa Lleó Morera.

Walk by Casa Baró de Quadras, Casa Comalat and Casa Amatller.

The tour ends with a visit to the Museu del Modernisme Català and its incredible stain-glass and furniture collections. Transportation can be the subway or taxi cabs.

 

Palau de la Música Catalana

The Palau de la Música Catalana stands out as a modernist masterpiece: a gem with lavish decoration, a colourful combination of iron, glass, stone, mosaics, brick and stain-glass that make it unique in its kind worldwide.

A UNESCO World Heritage site and considered the most famous building designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, t is fully Modernist, due to its integration of various visual arts, decorative richness, use of color, and floral ornaments.

A concert hall for the Orfeó Català, the choral society founded in 1891 by Lluís Millet, they occupied it in 1908 and is still active with half a million people a year attending a huge variety of concerts, from symphonic and chamber performances to jazz and cançó catalana. (partial Inner Visit).

 

Hospital de Sant Pau

This Hospital is Lluís Domènech i Montaner most important work. Started in 1901, it was completed by his son in 1929. There are 48 pavilions, all decorated with mosaics, sculptures and murals, scattered among gardens and connected by underground tunnels. The reception area was decorated by sculptor Pau Gargallo.

The architect thought that patients should recover their health sooner in beautiful surroundings, that’s why the spectacular modernist medical pavilions are surrounded by gardens and trees.

The hospital was fully functional by 1930, while additional sections were completed over the following decades. The Pavelló de la Mercè area won a decorative arts award in 1980. It is now a museum. (Inner Visit).

 

Casa Terrades

This Puig i Cadafalch’s triangular building is also known as Casa de les Punxes (House of the Spires), because of its sharply pointed corner towers. Built in 1905, the clearly modernist style of Casa Terrades is most noticeable in the floral stone sculptures on the façade and the frames of doors and windows, the use of red brick and in some of its Dutch gothic features. It was completely renovated and since 2017 it is open to visitors. (Inner Visit).

 

Casa Baró de Quadras

The Casa Baró de Quadras was built by Josep Puig i Cadafalch in1906. Located in a narrow space between two central streets of Barcelona, it has two completely different façades.

The main façade on Avinguda Diagonal is a mixture of gothic and renaissance styles whit a very rich decoration. The interior has been adapted to host the Casa Àsia. The back façade is a bit more conventional, with a decoration recalling the Austrian Sezession. (partial visit).

 

Casa Fuster

Marià Fuster, an entrepreneur from Mallorca, showed his love to his wife, the Barcelona resident Consol Fabra i Puig, with a magnificent present: an impressive, state of the arts modernist apartment building in a unique spot.

Domènech i Montaner finished its construction in 1911, when it was considered the most expensive building in the city because of the materials used by the architect: high quality marbles, enhancing the visual impact of its three façades.

It was declared Monument of the City of Barcelona and it was transformed into a prestigious luxury hotel. Part of the footage of the Oscar winner film Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona, by Woody Allen, was shot in its premises. (partial visit).

 

Casa Amatller

Chocolate industrialist Antoni Amatller bought the building in 1898 and commissioned Josep Puig i Cadafalch to remodel it to celebrate the family’s first century of successful business.

Casa Amatller combines features of romanesque, gothic and baroque styles using the classical materials of the time. Wrought iron takes on whimsical forms, glasswork decorates many corners and mosaics cover most of the walls. The bottom floor, home to one of the most prestigious Catalan jewellers’ house, has conserved the original windows and floral ornamentation. You can tour the interesting chocolate shop that offers a look into the history of the building’s construction. (partial Visit).

 

Casa Lleó Morera

Casa Lleó Morera’s floral work, completed by Domènech i Montaner in 1906, is one of the three outstanding buildings in the “Block of the Discord” (so named because of the contrasting architecture of its buildings), and it represents a more international style of Modernisme.

One of its features is the ornamented mosaic ceiling of the turret. Find in the facade a muse holding a gramophone, a light bulb and a telephone (new inventions of the epoch) plus some lions and mulberry bush (after the owner’s name: in Catalan, lion is lleó, and mulberry is morera). (no Inner Visit allowed).

 

Museu del Modernisme de Barcelona

The exquisit Furniture Section shows an abundant collection of escritoires, delicate cabinets, tables and mirrors, which were part of the bourgeois entourage and showed the ideals of the time. Divided into three spaces -the Busquets, the Homar, and the Gaudí Room- they display designs from the most prestigious arts and crafts workshops of Modernist Barcelona, whose work had an unprecedented success in the local society of the epoch. Gaudí’s works are already based upon ergonomics, quite advanced for the time being.

The Modernist Painting Collection on display is highly divers and recalls all the major names in the Catalan art world of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among others, find works by
Modest Urgell, Joaquim Mir or Ramon Martí Alsina. The Bohemia and Belle Époque are represented by Ramon Casas, Santiago Rusiñol and Antoni Utrillo, reproducing the world of entertainment, together with portraits of the society members of those times. The fully Art Nouveau influences of European Symbolism can be seen in paintings by Gaspar Camps, Joan Brull and Alexandre de Riquer.

In the Sculpture field, influenced by Auguste Rodin, the Catalan modernist sculptors aim on
more emotional and intimate icons, playing the material a key role in each peace. Among the important artists whose works are exhibited in the basement level are Enric Clarasó, Eusebi Arnau, Miquel Blay and, especially, Josep Llimona.

Part of the Art Crafts world, a spectacular stain glass collection will surprise you while in the basement area, with some outstanding large peaces by Joaquin Mir.