Valentina Acierno
Vicens Vidal
Victor Rahola
Xabier Eizaguirre
Xabier Unzurrunzaga
Xavier Fàbregas
Xavier Monteys
Xavier Rubert de Ventós
Zaida Muxí
Àlex Giménez
Amador Ferrer
Angel Martín
Anton Pàmies
Antoni Llena
Antoni Marí
Antonio Font
Aquiles González
Ariella Masboungi
Axel Fohl
Beth Galí
There is the Manuel of Olot, landlocked Catalunya where his family is based, and there is the
Manuel turned seaward toward the Mediterranean as well as the Atlantic – the Manuel of Trieste, St. Nazaire, Antwerp or The Hague-Scheveningen and many more waterside places. After the Moll de la Fusta, that groundbreaking intervention, the interrelation between sea and city became a chief motive and master theme in Manuel’s creative life.
And then there is the private Manuel, coming into my life in the early 1980s, the Manuel with the abundant knowledge of his residential capital of Catalunya, Barcelona. Manuel as the portal to Modernisme beyond Gaudí, to Domènech i Montaner, to the Palau de la Música Catalana, the one who pointed he way to the lesser known Modernisme outside
Barcelona, to César Martinell i Brunet and all the magnificent cellers of the 1920s.
And then there came the Manuel who enjoyed life and shared his knowledge of good food in places like the restaurant Bilbao, the Manuel who celebrated his 65th birthday with a ceremony that started at nine o’clock on the ground floor of that former perfume factory, his office space, proceeded to the second floor at eleven o’clock and finished after one o’clock on the next story up. It was there and then that I decided to celebrate my 60th birthday in Barcelona – together with Manuel and Rosa.
More recently, in October 2007 there was the Manuel who – together with Rosa – came to my part of the world, where I was able to show to his ever-interested and open eyes and mind places like the giant industrial sites of the Ruhr, reused for modern purposes. Manuel left a good impression on my
colleagues in charge of these complexes: quiet, a good listener (in Catalan, Spanish, Italian or English), polite and interested. At the end of this visit, we made a promise to Manuel and Rosa: to prepare a similar visit to Berlin where, as in the Ruhr, a new area had produced new buildings and structures.
It remains an open promise now, sadly unfullfillable. We were looking forward to being with Manuel, with his openness and extremely broad range of interests that made it a such a pleasure to show him things. At the end of February this year, Manuel went to sleep not to wake up again. Rosa says his face looked at peace and restful. Good bye Manuel, I miss you and your part of the world, which was a big part. It will never be the same.
Thankfully Yours. / Delft