Casa Batlló: the heartbeat of the dragon

During the long winter nights, the emblematic Casa Batlló shines with a special inner light. The particular visit is called Moon nights (Nits de la Lluna). It allows the visitor to experience this marvelous building from a completely different perspective.
In the moonlight, ceiling shapes are more organic, and the glass-paneled windows cast a kaleidoscope of blues and purples on them. Helped with a flashlight, the visitor focus on details that are usually hidden from daylight sight.

May You Live In Interesting Times (I)

‘May you live in interesting times’. With this statement as a trigger point, La Biennale welcomes the visitor with a powerful (and poetic) warning. The times we are living are indeed interesting, but they may be dangerous, violent and lived as a race against the clock. This year’s exhibition, curated by Ralph Rugoff, explores the role of art in the fascintating intersection of AI, technology and humanity.

Velvety darkness: deep into horrorland

Classic terror materializes human fears in archetypes, giving them a structured and endowed form. The wicked spirit, the monster, the eccentric scientist. Through these characters between mythology and folk culture, we can fight or rationalize the strongest human fear: the unknown. These monstrous creatures are a perfect mirror of our behaviour; they have evolved with knowledge: the more we know, the less we fear.

Estampado animal: de la sofisticación exótica al punk

Las pieles de animales empezaron a usarse para cubrirse y calentarse, desde la lana de oveja, el cuero, las pieles de foca o las pieles de grandes felinos. En algunas sociedades, el uso como vestimenta de ciertos animales está profundamente enraizado culturalmente con sus costumbres, ritos y símbolos de estatus. Por ejemplo, para los guerreros zulúes y algunas tribus sudafricanas, la piel de leopardo simboliza el poder y la fuerza. Además, funciona como símbolo jerárquico dentro de su esquema político y social.

Fahrenheit – curated bags

Nos encontramos una tarde de finales de primavera (justo antes del Primavera Sound, que marca el inicio de los festejos estivales) en su estudio. Un rincón donde crear y gestionar Fahrenheit, lugar que comparten con otros creadores como Lantoki, en pleno corazón del Raval barcelonés. Rodeada de bolsos, mochilas y muestrarios de cuero, Andrea me recibe con una sonrisa y un vaso de agua. Ha hecho los deberes y ha respondido la mayoría de las preguntas que le mandamos, aunque la idea es charlar: en directo siempre sale mejor. Sin grabadora ni vídeo, la idea de grabarlo y hacer algo más interactivo me parece fenomenal, así que tendremos que ser un poco más tecnológicos la próxima vez, ya que hoy solo tiraremos de libreta y bolígrafo.

Walden-7: an utopian project

In the outskirts of Barcelona, we find the iconic Walden-7 created by Ricardo Bofill’s architecture studio in the 1970s. The project was conceived as an utopian attempt to build a communal building, a city inspired by the kasbahs in Morocco and bee hives. It was designed by a multidisciplinar group of professionals ranging from engineers and architects, to psychologists and philosophers. They tried to come up with the perfect community, a building adapted to its environment and its people, a building that could strengthen the bonds between neighbors.

Eye of the tiger

The Tiger is a beautiful and fierce feline, strong-willed and independent. Wild at times and playful at others, tigers are sacred, an inspiration and a fantasy.
For all the tiger lovers out there, we start an eye-candy journey through art and illustration with tigers as main characters. All styles and techniques are used to portray them: there is poetry in their stripes!

Casa Vicens de Gaudí – Entre el margalló i la zinia

La Casa Vicens és la primera obra arquitectònica d’Antoni Gaudí, construïda entre 1883 i 1888, a l’encara residencial vil·la de Gràcia. El projecte li va ser encomanat com a una segona residència estival per la familia del corredor de borsa Manuel Vicens i Montaner.
-Casa Vicens is the first architectural work of Antoni Gaudí, built between 1883 and 1888, in the back then residential village of Gràcia. The project was entrusted to him as a summer residence for the family of the stock broker Manuel Vicens i Montaner.-