HISTORIAN Clyde Binfield will explore the famed Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi’s Barcelona on Thursday 2nd November with the Arts Society Marina Alta.
A Professor Emeritus in history at the University of Sheffield, he is giving a lecture called ‘Gaudi and Barcelona’ at the Parador Hotel in Javea.
The guest speaker is a Man of Kent, a Cambridge graduate, and cruise lecturer; and described as a “straight-up-and-down historian” returning to some first and last loves – buildings, their creators and their settings.
Gaudi’s distinctive style is characterized by freedom of form, voluptuous colour and texture, and organic unity. He worked almost entirely in or near Barcelona.
This lecture focuses on Gaudi (1852-1926), an outstandingly creative architect. It begins with Barcelona, exploring the myths which have gathered round the architect himself and also concentrates on his major buildings and his remarkable patrons.
And the speaker will discuss whether Gaudi’s his work is kitsch or genius, or both at once.
Doors open at 10am and the meeting itself begins at 11am.