Last weekend we visited the George Meliés exhibition in the wonderful Caixaforum gallery in Barcelona. Caixaforum is located in front of the Mies Van der Rohe expo pavilion, under the MNAC (The National Art museum) and the modernist building is nothing short of amazing.
The building was once a textile factory called Casa Ramona constructed with bricks and iron as the moderinst fashion, and has been renovated to hold the expositions. Since May 2013 visitors have to pay 4€ (Caixa Bank customers have the entrance for free) for the expositions while the visit to the building itself is free, you must walk around and enjoy the wonderful architecture plus the views in its terrace! :)
Is a place we visit quite often because we melt for brick buildings and this one is quite special, I think the light touching it beautifully may have some effect on its magic.
The exhibition was (of course) a complete fest for our eyes, with all the devices of the beginnings of the cinema like the zoetrope or the praxinoscope (with the cutest lampshades!) which we played with (a lot :P) to create the illusion of moving images. From that, the exposition, jumped to the Kinetoscope and to the cinema of Georges Meliés itself, ending with a scene from the Scorsese’s movie Hugo (I have to admit that, shame on me :P, I still have not seen it), which homages the figure of Meliés.
Meliés old silly movies and his quote “Films have the power to capture dreams” sure raptured our hearts right away!