Black and White Gaudi

The exhibition Black and White Gaudi by the Indonesian photographer Laurentius Lau includes twelve photographs of different buildings designed by the Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudí.

2018 has been an important year for the cultural sharing between Spain and Indonesia as it has marked the 60th Anniversary of the Diplomatic Relations between the two countries, as the year comes to an end, this exhibition, the last event of the anniversary, celebrates the cultural ties between both cultures. It presents and spreads the art of an Indonesian artist and the fantastic architectural shapes of the Spanish architect, Antonio Gaudi. The photographs by the Indonesian artist Laurentius Lau were taken in Barcelona.

Organized between the Embassy of Spain in Indonesia and the Spanish hotel in Jakarta, Gran Meliá Hotel, this exhibition is on show for six months at the Gran Vía Restaurant.

The photographer, Dr. Laurentius Lau, born in 1955 graduated from medical school in Germany, but was always drawn into photography and architecture. He has since followed his passion for photography. In 2002, he was commissioned by the Embassy of Spain in Jakarta to photograph different Gaudí buildings in Barcelona, in the frame of the 150 years of the birth of the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí (1852 – 1926). Through his black and white photographs he captured the light and shadows of the fairy-like shapes.

Antoni Gaudí born in 1852 in Reus is one of the most famous Spanish modernist architects. His iconic buildings, most of them in Barcelona, are good examples of Catalan modernism, including his main work La Sagrada Familia. He died in Barcelona in 1926. In between two centuries (XIX – XX) modernist architecture represents the transition to the XX century, a renovation without breaking with tradition, in quest fro modernity and innovation. Modernist architecture included new materials, rich in contrasts and overtly ornamental style.

Many of Gaudi’s works were inspired in Moorish architecture, and other world architectural traditions. He was able to study a collection of photographs of Egyptian, Indian, Persian, Mayan, Chinese and Japanese art owned by the School of Architecture.

The organic and natural shapes are highly present in Gaudi’s work. Tree trunks, bones, forests and recognizable forms and creatures such as lizards and fruits appear in the facades and structures of the buildings. Although inspired in nature, the curving lines and twisting shapes move into the realm of the imaginary. Many of his works have an almost fairy tale look. According to the poet Joan Maragall, Gaudi’s work “it is not architecture, it is poetry made of stone.”

Seven of Antonio Gaudi’s creations have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list for their outstanding universal value and their contribution of XIX- XX century architecture.

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