8th Barcelona Modernista Fair 2012
· Where? Carrers Girona, Aragó i Diagonal
· When? June 1st. 2012
· Days? Friday, Saturday, Sunday
We will celebrate the eighth edition of our Fair from 1 to 3 June and this year 2012 it will be dedicated to the centenary of La Pedrera (1906-1912), an educational centre to promote Modernisme and Gaudí, as Marta Lacambra, director of the Catalunya Caixa Foundation, states in the interview we dedicate to it in the Fair’s magazine. The publication will also include the article “La Pedrera, from rejection to admiration”, in which Mariona Huguet explains the early criticisms of the building, designed by Antoni Gaudí, long before it became a world reference.
Also dedicated to La Pedrera is the talk “La Pedrera, one hundred years of history” by Sílvia Vilarroya, curator of La Pedrera’s permanent exhibition; the educational puppet show Una visita a La Pedrera (A visit to La Pedrera), which will make you laugh and learn at the same time, and the Coreixample workshop “Let’s build our Pedrera together”, the resulting work of which will be exhibited at Casa Elizalde from 5 to 17 June. In addition, the Obra Social Catalunya Caixa will set up a stand dedicated to La Pedrera and Món Sant Benet.
Speaking of stands, this year we are visited for the first time by Casa Batlló, another great work by Gaudí; Badalona City Council, to promote its Modernisme, largely the work of the local architect Joan Amigó i Barriga (1875-1958), who was influenced by the Viennese Secession; the AGBAR Water Museum, located in the former building of the Sociedad de Aguas de Barcelona, designed by the architect Josep Amargós, and the Tomàs Balbey Archive Museum, promoting the Modernisme Summer Route in Cardedeu: the Raspall Route.
The Fair’s other stands will be the Barcelona Modernisme Route, Art Nouveau European Route, Museum of Catalan Modernisme, Turisme de Barcelona, Casa Elizalde Civic Centre, with its “Windows of memory” project, Riga City Council (Latvia), Casa Asia-Palau Baró de Quadras and autonomous city of Melilla.
Other novelties this year are the interesting attractions of the Tingalya Ferris wheel and MiniCavallets, mini horses made with cut-outs from other worlds past or future so that children can laugh and dream, and the manned model train of the Association of Friends of the Railway of L’Hospitalet will be there for two days, throughout Saturday and Sunday morning, so that it can take more passengers who want to arrive by train to the Fair along Diagonal.
The Mercat de la Concepció is preparing Modernista activities on Saturday, and the 2nd Modernista Shop Window Competition will allow you to enjoy more days of the Fair by strolling through the Dreta de l’Eixample from 23 May to 10 June to observe the decorations of these shops.
The second edition of the Museum of Catalan Modernisme Bike Ride will take place, given the success of the first, with a group that will pedal around the city in period costumes, as well as our pianola to provide some music, several period games, a demonstration of old trades, our large marquee area with vintage vehicles, Modernista routes and parade of giants.
All this will be even more fun if you come dressed in period costume, because not only will you receive a free photo of yourself, but also enter draw to win a hamper of handmade products.
Come and enjoy the 8th Barcelona Modernista Fair!