© Draw: Ignasi Cristià
© Draw: Ignasi Cristià
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© Photographs: Ignasi Cristià
Daniel Blanch couldn’t imagine that he was going to rediscover the music of the Catalan composer Josep Martí i Cristià (1884-1918) when the handwritten scores of that musician - also an artist, poet, educator and teacher - were given to him. They arrived, as it happens, from the hands of the son of Eduard Martí, who is Josep Martí i Cristià’s nephew.
But it wasn’t until later, when Daniel started to play the pieces, that he realised that they were really interesting and of great quality. That’s why he decided to reach out to Claudi Cuchillo, the current president of the Associació d’amics de Josep Martí Cristià, and Eduard Martí who, at that time, were in the process of establishing the association. As soon as they were set, they proceeded to record and publish a first CD called “Música per a piano” (Music for Piano) and, later, a second one called “Somni d’un poeta” (Poet’s Dream) which was also published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death.
The celebration was an excellent opportunity to disseminate information about the life and work of a poet and musician who was, by then, quite forgotten despite his remarkable influence on Catalan musical fundations for what would later become the Catalunya Noucentista.
The exhibition, inaugurated on the 21 September 2018 in Can Cortès, at Palau-solità i Plegamans, was designed by Cristià-Blasi. Six display panels of different colours, with text, photographs and other images, outlined the life and work of that figure who is considered a role model of romantic music. Nature and love were two of his inspirations and nostalgia was the driving force that led him to create captivating melodies of great ease.
Together with the exhibition, other events were organised, including a lecture about the musician’s life, a concert and a recital of his poems.
A presentation of the last published CD took place later at the Biblioteca de Catalunya where the composer’s archive is preserved. The CD contains works for piano and chamber music drawn from that repository.
CaixaForum Sevilla is the new venue for “The Spirit of Montmartre in the time of Toulouse-Lautrec”. The exhibition was inaugurated today and it can be seen until the 31 May 2020. In Cristià-Blasi, we are very pleased with the outcome and we appreciate the collaboration of the working team that made it possible.
“The spirit of Montmartre in the time of Toulouse-Lautrec” is already in Sevilla. Throughout this week Cristià-Blasi has been directing the setting up of the exhibition together with the curator, Dennis Cate, with whom it is a pleasure to work. Both have been deciding the best spot to place each ‘work of art’ once the preservation report has been done.
For this occasion, the curator has included a larger number of works from the Weisman & Michele collection so the repertoire will be slightly different from the exhibitions previously presented in Barcelona and Madrid.
At a design level, due to the venue being square and by concealing the columns, it has been possible to present clear exhibition rooms with very defined ‘interior’ and ‘exterior’ spaces evoking the ambience of Montmartre.
Having to redesign the exhibition for this new venue has been really rewarding.
The exhibition, organised by 'la Caixa’, can be seen in CaixaForum Sevilla from 13 February to 31 May 2020.
The only cloister at the Basilica Sagrada Familia that Gaudí was able to finish in his lifetime is the one called “del Roser”. This is situated in the Nativity façade which, together with the crypt and the apse, was declared by UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site in 2005.
Cristià-Blasi has been in charge of designing a display to explain the gateway embedded in the cloister, also named “del Roser”.
Being a heritage site, the priority has been to create an installation in the most sensitive and integrative way. In addition to writing the content and designing the signage display, the Studio undertook an engineering project to ensure that the structure will not damage the building under any circumstances. Thus, two large light boxes, higher than 3 meters, have been erected along an arch of one of the chapels. The gadget used to hold them in place has been fixed to the joints of the ashlars to avoid having to make holes in the stones.
At a graphic level, on the top of the boxes, a texture evoking red roses has been used with the aim of respectfully linking this intervention with the work done in the cloister by Gaudí himself.
This exhibition about Francesc Moragas, founder of “la Caixa”, can be seen in the entrance hall of the company’s central services in Santa Cruz de Tenerife until 31 January 2020. Cristià-Blasi has been in charge of the content and design of the exhibition, called The Man Behind The Soul which remembers and celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Moragas. The exhibition presents the history of the man behind La Caixa de Pensions per a la Vellesa i d’Estalvis (the bank for old-age pensions and savings) who in 1904 drove the first big project for social development in the country. In order to present this pioneer and humanist, who was willing to offer a better future to the working classes and those most disadvantaged, Cristià-Blassi proposed a design in which the visitor is guided by a range of luminous coloured information boards showing who Moragas was and, specially, the values that inspired him throughout his life and work and which have endured over time.
Cristià-Blasi was in charge of the latest advertising communication campaign for Royal Caribbean International. Blackbox Productions commissioned the Studio to take on the task of creating and filming nine videos that promote a variety of services offered on the cruises by this renowned company. The shooting was done entirely in the Caribbean throughout a week of intense work.
“The spirit of Montmartre in the time of Toulouse-Lautrec” will be exhibited in the CaixaForum’s venues of Seville, Palma and Zaragoza during 2020. This is a new version of the exhibition previously shown in the CaixaForum of Barcelona and Madrid. On this occasion, and after the success of both previous exhibitions, Cristià-Blasi has redesigned its own proposal to adapt the setting to the new venues.
The current approach, by staying faithful to the original design, perfectly captures the spirit of that historical moment when art took the streets and broke with the aristocratic values of the past. Cabaret, circus, music, theatre, creative arts and, most particularly the nightclubs, provide a home to artists who moved to Montmartre transforming this Paris neighbourhood into a benchmark in the history of art.
It was La Belle Èpoque, and at the same time came a revolution with its own spirit, full of life, magic and colour... Cristià-Blasi manages to recreate this unique atmosphere by playing with contrasts between the festive hustle of the nightclubs and the silence and darkness of the streets at night. Through graphics and design, visitors can enjoy the magnificent works exhibited while engaging with the spirit of that famous Parisian neighbourhood.
The exhibition, a retrospective without precedent in our country, is produced by "la Caixa" and curated by Philip Denis Cate, and stages 350 pieces from collections all over the world.
“Opera. Passion, power and politics ” has been on show at CaixaForum Barcelona since the beginning of autumn and will remain there until the 26th January 2020. Cristià-Blasi was in charge of the artistic direction following an original initiative by the Victoria & Albert Museum of London.
With a multidisciplinary approach and music ever-present, four hundred years of opera history are explained. The guiding thread takes the viewer through eight opera, eight European cities and eight important historical events which give context and an explanation of the evolution of contemporary society.
Both the design of the space and the graphics, instantly capture the senses and involves visitors by inviting them to stroll through the different scenarios of that musical universe. With a colourful and nuanced visual language, while at the same time in straightforward and entertaining way, Cristià-Blasi stages a variety of more than 300 pieces that illustrate Opera's relationship with power, politics and general society.
The objective, shared with El Gran Teatre del Liceu which took part in the adaptation of the exhibition’s script, is to bring Opera closer to the general public.
According to Elisa Durán, Deputy General Director of the Banking Foundation "la Caixa”, in CaixaForum Madrid, this is the exhibition that registered the highest level of satisfaction amongst visitors in the whole history of the venue.
This travelling exhibition, about the fabulous cinema of George Méliès, can currently be seen in the Spanish city of Segovia until the 9th December 2019.
Organized by “La Caixa” Banking Foundation and designed by Cristià-Blasi Studio, the exhibition transports the spectator back to the ambience of the early 20th Century, when the first films would travel from town to town in funfair caravans. Visitors, usually working people who had begun to have time for leisure, would enter the small wagons to enjoy a show based on tricks and optical illusions. Thus was born cinema as spectacle.
At a design level, the challenge was in adapting to the display system that, travelling around a wide number of Spanish cities, works both as a means of transport and as an exhibition venue. The design of the interior space, approximately 200 square meters, partitioned and dressed with velvets, tulles and curtains, immerses the viewer in the magical world of George Méliès. It is, certainly, a trip back in time that reviews the history of one of the pioneers of cinema, and ends with a great tribute to his work.
This exhibition can be seen in the Montmartre Museum of Paris until the 19th January 2020.
Cristià-Blasi Studio has been in charge of the entire design working closely with both the Museum and the curators, Philip-Dennis Cate and Saskia Ooms.
The exhibition presents the private collection of American couple David E. Weisman and Jacqueline E. Michel shown in its entirety for the first time.
Donated to the Montmartre Museum, this unique and rare collection of almost 200 pieces (drawings, paintings, watercolours, pastels, posters and lithographs) by artists such as Ibels, Steinlen, Toulouse-Lautrec, Anquetin, Grasset, Rivière, Chéret, invites visitors to immerse in the eclectic world of Montmartre, a symbol of that avant-garde period.
Opera combines all the disciplines of art, creating a universal language capable of defining cities emotionally, culturally, politically, socially and economically. The banking foundation "la Caixa" has once again called on the Cristià studio for artistic direction, design of the exhibition spaces and graphic design. A journey through eight inaugurations in the most important European theatres, in order to understand the historical context of each opera house and its relationship with the city. More information on this subject will be available on our website very soon.
On October 18, 2018, the exhibition "Toulouse-Lautrec and the spirit of Montmartre" was inaugurated at CaixaForum Barcelona. Soon we will detail the project on our website.
We are already finalizing the new production designed by the Ignasi Cristià studio.
Through paintings, drawings, posters and illustrations, "Toulouse-Lautrec and the spirit of Montmartre" shows the artist's production and his contemporary artists in Paris at the end of the 19th century.
Opening: October 18, 2018. Caixaforum Barcelona.
Sometimes small exhibitions serve to explain great stories. We have designed the exhibition and the graphic image of "Transgressors", the story of 16 women from here and from the other side of the Atlantic that marked the path of the demand for equality of human rights. You can visit it at the headquarters of the Memorial Democràtic in Barcelona until December 2018. In spring the exhibition will travel to Uruguay.
The new room of the "Neapolitan Crèche of the National Museum of Sculpture of Valladolid", remodeling that we designed in our studio, is the third monument best valued by tourists who have traveled to Valladolid this year. In order to elaborate the classification, the search engine of the traveler's website has been used, but a mechanism that compensates for the low number of votes received by some of the monuments and places included in the list has also been used.
The exhibition “Walt Disney. The Art of Storytelling” is now open at CaixaForum Madrid. In it, we travel through 80 years Walt Disney Studios history, paying special attention to orally transmitted legends that have inspired widely known stories such as The Three Little Pigs, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Little Mermaid, Hercules, or Frozen. Madrid is the following stage in the exhibition tour after having been shown in Seville and Barcelona, where it has received nearly 400.000 visitors. The exhibit explores at CaixaForum Madrid new spatial configurations that make it distinctive from previous locations. The different halls acquire a remarkable depth, benefiting from the reflections on the Fairy Tale Castle’s mirrors. Thus, it presents itself to the visitor as a labyrinth, the narrative labyrinth of our childhood’s entangled memories.
The travelling exhibition “Gaudí and the Sagrada Família. Interior experience” is open to visitors until 30 September at the Cultural Space of the Monasterio de San Martín Pinario in Santiago de Compostela. In its journey through Zaragoza and Astorga, it has already received 23.000 visitors who have been able to dive into Gaudí’s universe of symbolism and imagination. It splits into three parts that tell the story of Gaudí’s inspiration in nature, his thinking and his way of making art, science and spirituality converge, and lastly, the building and the way it makes its visitors feel, showing their reaction.
You can check the whole project on our website.
Recently, the Town Hall Council of Valls (Tarragona) has passed the project for the Casteller Museum of Catalonia, announcing the public bidding for the works to produce our museography. It’s an exhibition in three acts that uses the circle as a distinctive symbolic shape of castells. This project uses late generation technology, like audiovisual and sound installations, and a big mechanic sculpture with 360º projections. All these resources have been deployed to make visitors experiment, first-hand, the spectacular experience of taking part in a castell.
It often happens that you get a pleasant call from a friend who asks for a helping hand, and it becomes the perfect excuse to see him again and share our recent experiences.
Krastin Nastev is a brilliant musician who has moved not long ago to Basel, and who has a solid trajectory as a music director. He has been invited to direct concerts all over Europe and he has recently directed the Bulgarian National Radio orchestra and choir.
I was lucky enough to know Krastin Nastev as a singer under his baton’s lead. This time I have been able to travel to Schopfheim / Fahrnau (Germany) where I have backed his choir’s tenor set and interpreted two musical pieces as a soloist.
To sing while being led by the hands of a director such as Krastin Nastev is like walking on a tightrope and knowing you will never fall down, because he guides you and marks the balances; he has the big gift of communicating with gesture, with his look, through the movement of his whole body.
To be on the shoes of an opera singer once again has given me an experience which is vital to understand the secrets of a profession so complex, so delicate and wonderful. I gather this adventure, which will certainly be very useful for new challenges and future projects, as a gift that enriches my job as a professional in the world of museography and playwriting.
I am deeply grateful to Krastin Nastev for this onstage reunion. Thanks to you I could meet the soprano Svetlana Doneva. Her transparent look goes through you and lets you see her artistic spirit; her voice expands throughout the room making music come to life and, in a second, a moving poetry seizes the audience.
“The Model Prison Speaks” is a temporary exhibition located inside the Model Prison of Barcelona. It took place just before the building turned into a heritage landmark, during its last days as a penitentiary. This unique initiative was commissioned by the Department of Justice of the Catalan Government, with the Honourable Mr. Carles Mundó as its Head. Aside from the exhibition, we designed the opening ceremony, we wrote the script, and we produced the video installations that played while the members of the Catalan Governement spoke. We want to share with you the most spectacular movie clip that we developed, which gains new meaning under the current political situation.
The Orfeó Català Foundation – Palau de la Música Catalana offers now for its sixth season exhibitions on fine arts showing the works of artists like Bill Viola, Louise Bourgeois, Perejaume, Antoni Tàpies or Joan Miró. This year, the Foundation has invited Antonio López, and the exhibition features twelve of his works at the Lluís Millet Room. Among them we can find the sculptures Man and Woman, and the painting The Dinner. Our job was to create a neutral space inside the modernist room which allowed a suitable contemplation of the works. On the street, before the building designed by catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, you can find the sculpture Carmen asleep, inspired by the artist’s granddaughter. The exhibition will be open to the public until 24th June, and it’s a unique opportunity to see López’s work in Barcelona. Don’t miss it!
From Mars 23 to June 24 you can visit the exhibition Walt Disney, the Art of Storytelling at CaixaForum Barcelona. We recreate the famous Walt Disney Animation Studios in Los Angeles, and we travel to the origins of its films by rereading the fairy tales and legends that inspired its stories. Don’t miss this adventure through magic forests and enchanted castles.
We have just finished our last project in Sagrada Familia. It’s an exhibition that concludes the guided tour about the symbols of Easter inside the building designed by Antoni Gaudí, and goes through the popular tradition of the palm leaf on Palm Sunday. It was commissioned in the context of a workshop where people will plait palm leaves in the traditional way. The aim was not to obstruct the room where the activities take place, using the side chapels and a light box to locate the printed canvas. Director and screenwriter Iago Blasi was in charge of the content, which is structured in a welcome and three sections on the history of the palm leaf tradition.
Work at the recreation space of Saint Rafael Pavilion goes on. While the conservation labour awaits, we have rigorously reproduced the tiles on the back wall by making use of scenographic tools, like we have done in the rest of the exhibition, aiming to help visitors understand the building.
This recreation allows us to see the pavilion’s original state when it used to accommodate the patients. Using photographic documents of that period, we have reproduced the beds and the living room. There’s also a row of panels which tell the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau’s history.
The exhibition is already open to visit, but the job is not entirely completed. In the next few months, a new section will be added where all kinds of objects related to the history of medicine will be shown. Once concluded, we will publish all the information about this project on our website.
The travelling exhibition “Gaudí and la Sagrada Família. Interior Experience” is now open to visitors in Astorga. After beginning its tour at the Alma Mater Museum in Saragossa, where it received five thousand visitors, it will be located until May 20th at the Palacio Episcopal de Astorga. The building, also designed by Antoni Gaudí, is one of the few works the celebrated architect built outside Catalonia.
The exhibition walks us through the history of the basilica, opening its doors and inviting us to visit this emblematic building of catalan modernism. It is divided in three acts that transport us, in the fashion of a grand opera, to Gaudí’s intricate mind; a combination of art, engineering, and spirituality.
After May 20th the exhibition will resume its tour throughout several Spanish cities.
After a few months of digital disconnection, we are happy to present our new website. We have dedicated this time to reinventing ourselves, to rethinking our trajectory and to revisiting our dusty archives for all the projects we have developed over the past 25 years, in order to present them properly and in great detail. We would like to thank Marnich for designing this site. As always, they responded perfectly to our needs in terms of simplicity, usability, and elegance. In this section, we will keep you informed of our recent activities and our ongoing projects currently under development. Thank you all!