In his essential 1993 monograph Antoni Gaudí, 1852–1926: Architettura, ideologia, e política, Juan José Lahuerta questioned the symbolic settings of Gaudí’s architecture and his intellectual project at the service of the structures of social and political power.1 Then, in 2002, Lahuerta organized the highly acclaimed Universo Gaudí exhibition at Madrid’s Reina Sofía, further reframing Gaudí’s legacies for the 150th anniversary of the architect’s birth.2 But Lahuerta did not stop there: as head of collections at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (2013–16), he challenged official Catalan historiography with a new presentation of the MNAC’s permanent modern art collection. Moreover, his appointment to the Gaudí Chair at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (2016) offered him unlimited access to the architect’s uncatalogued works in the archives of the Barcelona School of Architecture.

Lahuerta’s impressive track record and scholarship were both evident in the MNAC’s 2021–22 exhibition Gaudí, which...

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