Casa Masó

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Ballesteries, Girona, Spain
Casa Masó - Temporary Exhbition
Casa Masó - Temporary Exhbition

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Visiting Casa Masó Jun 11, 2012
The Masó House is dedicated to the dissemination of the life and work of one of the most illustrious Girona´s architect, Rafael Masó.

To visit is necessary a previous reserve made by phone (+34 972 413 989) or e-mail (info@rafaelmaso.org), the basic tour is 5€ and reduced 2, 5€, where is possible to visit the house and the temporary exhibition, is open to the public every day of the week including Sundays, except on national and local holidays.

The guided tour starts explaining who were Masó and his work as an architect and his contribution to forge Noucentime catalan, which was developed as an alternative to Modernisme. Masó also had a political view formed by his Catalanist ideology, and the forward-looking, pro-European ideas prevailing within the new movement inspired the young Masó, who was also to become a distinguished poet, urban planner, politician, and promoter of art and literature.

He lived in the Masó House until 1912, the year of his marriage to Esperança Bru. The bulk of his work was carried out in Girona, and his buildings are mainly in the city and the surrounding area. He designed houses, villas and apartment blocks, as well as many other types of buildings, ranging from schools and hospitals to shops and factories. He was also involved in renovating farmhouses and restoring medieval architecture. His most outstanding works include the Teixidor Flour Mill (1910), the Masó House (1911), and the Athenea cultural centre (1912), all in Girona; the Masramon House (1913) in Olot, the Casas House (1914) in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, and S’Agaró garden city (1923).

Rafael Masó’s work is characterized by his identification with the Noucentista postulates of a modernity that did not forsake the austerity of classicism, and included forms, colors, and materials taken from the local culture, with much reliance on artisan techniques. Strongly influenced by the English Arts & Crafts movement and by the new German regionalist architecture, Masó wished to unite the tradition of vernacular architecture with new ideas on structure, ornamentation, interior decoration, and furniture design. His contribution was decisive for the introduction into Catalonia of modern concepts in housing, the updating of traditional craftsmanship, the conservation of the Catalan historic heritage, and the promotion of cultural activity.

After the introduction about his life and work it´s time to concentrate in the house, it´s collection and the objects that also help to explain more about this Catalan architect. The house have two facades one to the Ballesteries´ street and the other one to Onyar River, with white walls and blue windows made it easy to be recognized.

With the tour it´s possible to understand how was the life style of a family at the beginning of the XX century, the objects, the furniture and the social rules, the relation between the man and woman and their duties.

But the part of the house that I think it´s interesting it´s the presence of the kitchen, because normally this part of the house is never opened for visitation or it´s the first part to be destroyed, but in this case the kitchen was kept as it was.

The visit lasts more or less 1 hour or 1:30 and in the end it´s possible to imagine the life in that house, the family dynamic and how influenced Masó´s work.
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