In Puig and Cadafalch commemorates the 150th anniversary of his birth and the centenary of access to the presidency of Catalonia from the government of the Commonwealth.
The Museum of Design also joins this cultural and civic event with the present exhibition, in which the photographer Ramon Manent and Rodon (1948), specialized in art and mataroní image as Puig and Cadafalch himself, offers us his particular vision of the architect’s work. The camera of Manent gives us to know some of the most significant works of the architect from his singular look.
Puig and Cadafalch is one of the key figures in the history of Catalan art from the nineteenth century to the twentieth century, the times of Modernism led to Noucentisme. His abundant architectural work but can not be left out of a complex personality that combined this facet with that of urban planner, Catalan politician, governing promoter of public infrastructure, archaeologist, art historian and captain of cultural companies. In this sense we must forget the political significance of its management from the presidency of the Commonwealth between 1917 and 1923, the first national government body of Catalonia in the twentieth century and precedent of the autonomous Generalitat.
Architecture was his first profession and he always developed in line with his multifaceted concerns. Their creative contributions wanted to define their own and modern style for Catalan architecture, adapted both to the resources of contemporary construction as well as the traditions of historical styles. This was achieved in its modernist period by giving its buildings a medievalizing aftertaste, often of northern origin, to which it incorporated frequent elements of languages from other times and cultures. As his work progressed in the 20th century, he progressively assumed the new Noucentisme guidelines until he adopted full classicist, especially Baroque formulations. Puig i Cadafalch, modernizer of construction techniques and materials, while renovating the architectural typologies, was also and above all a great integrator of artistic resources and craft traditions, expressed with great creative freedom within his works, as brings out Ramon Manent’s camera in this exhibition.