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casa bruno Quadras, casa calvet, fundacio tapies
Bruno Quadras House originally a residential building from the 18th century in a corner of La Rambla, was reformed by Josep Vilaseca in the late 19th century, in his typical eclectic, pre-modernista style. The building was known for the umbrellas shop owned by Bruno Quadras that stood on the ground floor. Apart from the curious collages made with umbrellas that cover and decorate the facade, there's also a sculpture of a Chinese dragon (with an umbrella suspended-on-the-air below) on the first floor's corner facing La Rambla -Japanese and Chinese art styles were pretty much in vogue in the 1890s-, an Egyptian gallery on the top floor and oriental elements of decoration in the interior
The Casa Calvet (1898-1900) was also designed by Antoni Gaudí. Compared to his other work it is spartan in the meager decoration of the facade. For this building Gaudí was awarded the architectural prize of the City of Barcelona.
The Fundació Antoni Tàpies was created in 1984 by the artist Antoni Tàpies to promote the study and knowledge of modern and contemporary art.