A visit to the Gaudí Centre Reus
For the Reial Càtedra Gaudí, the royal Gaudí professorship, a body which has been working enthusiastically to promote the study and dissemination of the work and the figure of Antoni Gaudí since 1956, seeing the enormous amount of work that has gone into setting up the GAUDÍ CENTRE REUS in such an exemplary way in a spacious building near the town hall is cause for great satisfaction. This is because of the high standard of the new centre devoted to the memory and the study of the greatest architect in history.
These brand-new facilities are a credit to the town which made them possible, to the experts responsible for setting them up and to the authorities who backed such a marvellous scheme.
All bodies connected with Gaudí, especially the Càtedra Gaudí, are very much indebted to the town, its people and Reus town council, and this must be repaid through all kinds of co-operation and a continuing relationship of support and friendship for those who made possible a cultural and scientific project on this scale.
Joan Bassegoda Nonell, Doctor of architecture
Curator of the Reial Càtedra Gaudí
A centre devoted to Antoni Gaudí has finally been opened in Reus, his birthplace.
Gaudí has been much discussed all over the world. In my opinion, Gaudí was a creator of colours, shapes, spaces and technology – but above all a creator of feelings.
After decades of silence regarding his work, his legacy has surpassed the local cultural setting and, thanks to his universal language, his work is now appreciated across the continents, just at a time when the world needs to be able to share common feelings.
The Gaudí Centre Reus is the first interactive museum in the world devoted to the wisdom, art and space of Gaudí. But more important is the chance this centre offers to shape the experience of the world he created. Here visitors can touch, experience and enjoy his creations, and so discover and learn the secret of a universal artist from Reus.
Toshiaki Tange, architect
… And a 14 year-old Russian boy said to me, “Gaudí, did he really exist...?”
As a person with professional links to the world of education and responsible for organising residential language courses for foreign students in our area, I have the chance to hear all kinds of comments, nearly all of them positive, about the Gaudí Centre.
“Why do you say that?” I asked him.
“Because what he invented is so beautiful that I can't believe it. Now I understand better all I've seen of his buildings in Barcelona, too.”
This remark reminded me of the legendary definition of a supernatural being with magical powers: a genie – so close to the word genius, which we always use to describe Gaudí.
The Gaudí Centre Reus must have a little of this magic if it makes a teenager understand and feel an idea like this.
Social Sciences teacher
Elit Internacional management