An exhibition on Antoni Gaudi in Shanghai? It sounded too good to be true. Held in MoCA, from August 19th to October 5th, “Cosmos Gaudi, Architecture, Geometry and Design” is definitely worth the visit though.
On two floors, you will be guided through examples of his work, studies he made on different materials, furnitures of all shapes and sizes, to show you how he used geometrics and ergonomics to incorporate them into his constructions.
Two rooms are dedicated to broadcasting a documentary on his work in Spain (we sat watching it so intensely that only after a while did we realize it was in Spanish), and several panels on the different stages of his life (where you can learn, for example, that Gaudi died in a traffic accident, that some of his major works have been classified as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1984, or that Park Güell in Barcelona was designed for 60 families, but could never be completed due to financial reasons).
“Cosmos Gaudi” is a pleasant exhibition, well organized and full of information on Spain’s great architectural designer. But if you have the opportunity to go to Barcelona to check out Gaudi’s work for real, only then will the journey through “Cosmos Gaudi” be complete.
Photo from Regina loving Beijing.
“Cosmos Gaudi: Architecture, Geometry and Design”; Moca Shanghai, People’s Park, 231 Nanjing West Road (上海当代艺术管，人民公园，南京西路231号). Tel: (21) 6327 9900. Email: [email protected] Open every day from 10am to 6pm (Wednesday: 10am to 10pm).