Pau Casals’ House-Museum at El Vendrell(Tarragona) ‘REHABILITATION AND HISTORICAL INTERPRETATION OF A REFERENCE NOUCENTISTA BUILDING’ is the title of the lecture given by the doctor in architecture Julià Esteban i Chapapría, which will be presented by Miquel Badal Valls, architect.
Pau Casals had a summer house of popular modernist expression built on the beach of Sant Salvador del Vendrell in 1910, when he was already an internationally renowned musician. This first house was renovated and enlarged from 1930 by the architect Antoni Puig i Gairalt, trained at the Galí School, a stimulating nucleus of Noucentisme, at a time of great urban works in Catalonia.
The Puig Gairalt brothers must relate to other architects such as Folguera i Grassi and Ros i Tudurí, the latter being inspired to design the El Vendrell garden. He worked hard at the Puig i Gairalt house until October 1935, when he died in a car accident, and was continued by the young Bertomeu Llongueras i Galí until 1937, when it ended.
The rehabilitation of the Villa-Museum, which as such was opened in 1976 thanks to the generosity of the Casals family, has been carried out by the Pau Casals Foundation in the last two years and has pursued, along with an ambitious documentary search, to restore its meaning and significance, to renew its museum discourse and to bring what used to be the home of Pau Casals closer to the enjoyment and collective identity.
Julià Esteban i Chapapría
Doctorate in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, historian specialised in Contemporary History from the University of Valencia.
He is the director of the Historical Archive of the College of Architects of Valencia, head of the Architectural Heritage Service and the Architecture Service of the Generalitat Valenciana and has been a professor in the Department of Architectural Projects at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and director of the Master's Degree in Restoration at the UPV. He has taught several master's degrees in heritage and museology in Barcelona, Seville and Valladolid.
He has carried out numerous restorations as well as new works, obtaining the European Museum Year Award at the Archaeological Museum (MARQ) in Alicante (2004). His restoration project for the new access to the Sagunto Castle has received the Special Mention of the Piranesi Prize of Rome, convened by the Adrianean Academy.
He is the author of various publications and an advisor to the magazines L’Espill, Loggia, Papeles del Partal and the IAPH Digital Magazine.
Miquel Badal Valls
A graduate in architecture from the Etsab, he has also been trained as a pianist and oboist.
He was part of the Urban Planning services team of the Barcelona City Council for 35 years.
In 1992, he was appointed Music Adviser of the Culture Department of the Barcelona City Council, he acted as a representative of the City Council in the whole process of the Liceu’s reconstruction, he was a member of the executive committee of the Consortium of the Auditorium and Orchestra of the City of Barcelona (currently OCB), and at the same time created, together with the composer Joan Guinjoan, the 20th Century Music Festival.
He has always maintained a strong involvement with the musical associative fabric of Catalonia; he has been President of the Frederic Mompou Foundation, President of the Musical Youth of Barcelona, Vice-President of the Musical Youth of Catalunya, Vice-President of the Catalan Music Council and Patron of the Pau Casals Foundation. He has also been the secretary and curator of the "Frederic Mompou International Prize" for 43 years, an award that has recognised the value of contemporary music creation and promoted the careers of many young talents nationally and internationally.
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