Miró and Gaudí: Catalonia's Artistic Legacy with Mark Planellas Witzsch

Miró and Gaudí: Catalonia's Artistic Legacy with Mark Planellas Witzsch


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Antoni Gaudí is credited as the architect who refined a style today studied as organic architecture. His creative vision stemmed from a specific Weltanschauung–a term which translates into "an architecture that contains a given philosophy". In many senses, and several decades later, another universally admired artist from Catalonia, Joan Miró, will be applying that philosophy to his artistic production as well. 

Miró became an advocate and admirer of works created by Gaudí, in a time when the art nouveau was massively downgraded. He also recognized within himself that he and Gaudí had several foundational commonalities such as a shared passion for the Mediterranean, an interest in its rich mythology, and the worldview centered in nature and the cosmos as a dynamic and even transcendental reality.

Led by Mark Planellas Witzsch, our conversation will examine the intertwined narratives which connect two of Catalonia's most popular creative geniuses. 

Mark Planellas Witzsch is active in several areas in the cultural field and taught philosophy of art and avant-gardes of the twentieth century at university, focusing on universally well-known Catalan artists such as Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró. Catalonia being a part of Spain that has historically defended democracy and the ideals of the republic, the vast majority of its artists were committed to those Civil values and reflected it in their art. This led Mark Planellas to dive into some related topics, such as propaganda in the twentieth century, thus publishing books on the subject, such as “Jaume Miravitlles. El somriure de Catalunya”, which explains the history of the first modern propaganda ministry ever created, in the context of the Spanish Civil War.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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