Friday Night Friday Night Friday Night
Please review yesterday’s post about our special Friday night events to kick off this year’s Artists’ Studio Tour, including an opening reception for our guest artist this weekend, Kathy Elston, from 4-6pm, followed by a special tasting of Spanish wines (preview for the weekend) with accompanying tapas-like munchies. See yesterday’s post for details!
Barcelona and Modernity: Gaudí to Dalí
Our recent trip to Spain is still percolating through our veins, trying to integrate into a meaningful set of perpectives. One thing is for certain; our entire experience in Spain was influenced by the Modernism movement explored by Barcelona’s artists, architects, and designers in the years between the Barcelona Universal Exposition of 1888 and the imposition of the Fascist regime of Francisco Franco in 1939. The movement was essentially Catalan in its roots, and made Barcelona the center of an artistic exploration and expression that continues to resonate across Spain and around the world. Among the late-comers to this Catalan Renaixença (Renaissance) were four artists who made lasting global as well as regional impacts: Antonio Gaudi, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dali.
Their influences are discussed in some detail in this description of a special exhibition at the Met in New York back in 2007, Barcelona and Modernity: Gaudí to Dalí, if you want to learn more about it.
Everywhere we went in Spain we encountered a different tributary of this Catalan river of creative expression, in the architecture, the art, the music, even the food and the wine (and certainly many of the wine labels!). These included in particular visits to several of Gaudi’s structures; the Miro Museum; Picasso Museum; and the Dali Museum (more on those later), as well as some stunning wineries…!
Marques de Riscal winery restaurant, designed by Frank Gehry
view from the restaurant
the 100 year old Falset Wine Cooperativa, designed by a student of Gaudi
Inside the Guelbenzu winery, built in 2006
Bodegas Ysios at a distance
Bodegas Ysios close up
Saturday’s Spanish wine lineup (may change for Sunday!)
Giro Ribot Cava $13
Alta Vins Domus Pensi blanc $11
San Ysidro Cepas de Zorro monastrell $10
Finca el tesso tempranillo $10
Lopez Cristobal Crianza $26
Parmi L’Infant Priorato $31