Documentary - Development 2015

The monumental work of the famous architect Antoni Gaudi not only attracts thousands of tourists from around the world, but it raises a mystic of forms. In the Psychiatric Hospital of Sant Boi de Llobregat, near Barcelona, gardens built in the early twentieth century by the patients themselves...

    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary
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    • SPAIN
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    • Budget
    • 50 - + M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Synopsis
    • In The Garden of the former Psychiatric Hospital Sant Boi de Llobregat , in Barcelona , strange buildings constructed between 1903 and 1912 by the patients are preserved, many of them with marks scratched on the surface that point out a psychic imbalance, all with an overall clear reference to the constructive work of Antoni Gaudi.
      These works made by the patients as a therapeutic activity were built simultaneously to those that acted as a reference, an function as huge models of architect Josep M. Jujol’s Banco Ondulado (Wavy Bench) at the Park Güell, the Casa Batlló or the Colonia Güell Crypt, both works of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.
      Patients of the former Sant Boi Mental Hospital were workers for architects Antoni Gaudí and Josep M. Jujol when the tiles of the Park Güell wavy bench where placed and they probably also collaborated in all the works of Gaudí between 1903 and 1912 (Casa Milà, Casa Batlló , Sagrada Familia and Güell Crypt ), works with details explicitly mentioned in the Garden of the Hospital.
      The architect Josep Maria Jujol , Gaudi’s assistant, must have been in charge of running these workshops and works with Sant Boi’s patients since his work is characterized precisely by incorporating the target groups of the building in the building itself, developing thus a mystic of social architecture and its therapeutic function , and at the same time a redeeming sense of labour .
      Gaudí’s religious and mystical conception, fighting the forces of Evil, led to the creation of "The Expiatory Temple Church of The Holy Family" (Sagrada Familia). and in that same sense the function of the Hospital’s Garden, where evil manifests itself like illness, can be read today.
      After ten years of research and essay work by the architect David Agulló Galilea and geologist and visual artist Daniel Barbé Farré on the grounds of the former Psychiatric Hospital of Sant Boi, a radical reinterpretation of the work that still remains standing today becomes necessary.
      A re- reading of a work of the past that means a necessary reinterpretation of the present, especially if the work has not been updated by the canonical historiography on Gaudi and is in a forgotten drawer of the archive.
      The significance of the ruins results in the ruin of the significance, because it shows clearly the erosion of the discourse, what has been lost and must be recovered.
      Currently this Garden of Hospital de Sant Boi de Llobregat is in an advanced state of deterioration and restoration is necessary to open a debate on its meaning in the context of Catalan Modernism and of Antoni Gaudi’s own work, without doubt one of the most noted and recognized architect of the twentieth century, as well as one of the most complex and mysterious .

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