Josep Lluís Sert is one of the great architects that Barcelona has given to the world, and his personal and professional career was marked by the convulsions of the 20th century.
This biography, at the same time intimate and professional, written from a family closeness that has allowed access to personal documents, addresses in all its aspects a fascinating and essential figure to understand contemporary architecture. He tells how a son of the Count de Sert, who was befriended by his uncle the painter Josep M. Sert, started attending classes at the university in a Rolls with a driver and ended up developing a social conscience that he embodied in his architecture; his early interest in the work of Gaudí and the exploration of rationalist architecture under the influence of Gropius and the Bauhaus; their participation in the cultural effervescence of the years of the Republic and in initiatives such as the GATCPAC (Group of Catalan Artists and Technicians for the Progress of Contemporary Architecture), the AC magazine and the ADLAN group (Amics de l’Art Nou); the passage through Barcelona of Le Corbusier invited by him; his involvement in the successive CIAM (International Congress of Modern Architecture) …
And after the outbreak of the civil war, the construction of the Republic Pavilion and, already in 1941, the exile in New York; and then the important pedagogical work at Harvard University; international projects in Latin America and other parts of the world (such as the US embassy in Iraq), Barcelona projects such as the Miró Foundation and those that did not materialize; his friendship with artists such as Miró, Calder, Picasso, Léger, Giacometti, Mondrian, Duchamp, Luis Buñuel or Julio González; the passion for the Mediterranean and its special relationship with Ibiza …
In short, this biography helps us understand an architect committed to innovation and social responsibility, a fundamental figure of the twentieth century, who maintained intense links with the world of culture and had a notorious international projection.
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