This is the third part in the series Visions of Space that I saw. This is a look at how the works of three remarkable architects of the 20th century shaped our modern world. It examines how each one of them use space to express our response to the power of the corporation (Meiss van der Rohe), the power of the State (Albert Speer), and religion (Antoni Gaudi).
The third part is called God’s Architect.
Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí (1852–1926) designed some of the world’s most astonishing buildings, interiors, and parks.
So unique and fanatastic was his vision and architecture that it is almost impossible to extrapolate and complete the spectacular, still-unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona.
While the Sagrada Familia cathedral is often referred to as the magnum opus of Gaudi, the buildings that showcase the, sensuous, curving and surreal style of Gaudi and his use of very advanced, unconventional methods, his keen and intense observation of nature are the Church of Colonia Guell, The Park Guell, El Carmel and the Casa Mila.
Robert Hughes takes on a journey of exploration as he traces the career of Antoni Gaudi and visits his buildings. His relationship with his parton Eusebi Guell and his staunch faith and celibacy as a catholic christian are quite well explained.How could such a intensely austere man build some of the most sensuous and fantastic buildings? The exploration of this aspect of Gaudi is what makes this part of the series very interesting.
For a person who has never heard or seen the works of Gaudi before, this documentary is a wonderful introduction. The presence of such a formidable person as Robert Hughes stamps the documentary with a unique sense of wonder, awe and appreciation. The interviews with experts interspersed with imagery and music of the best quality makes it an excellent watch for all people interested in architecture, culture, history and design.