"Barcelona & Modernity: Gaudí to Dalí"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
New York. March 7, 2007-June 3, 2007
The Metropolitan Museum’s “Barcelona and Modernity: Gaudí to Dalí” is a dazzling survey with enough sparkle to make you forget about its loose threads and dull spots. The exhibition tells of a period of exceptional creativity in the Catalan capital—between 1888, the date of the Barcelona Universal Exposition, and 1939, when Nationalist forces triumphed in the Civil War, effectively dimming the lights of Catalan culture for several decades. During this period, the city nurtured the early careers of pioneering modernists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Salvador Dalí, who had their greatest successes abroad. And it was home to an idiosyncratic, homegrown style of architecture and design, related to but distinct from Art Nouveau,...