International Symposium Barcelona 2020

Barcelona! Dean Aldemaro "Al" Romero, Jr. has produced the video below about the city he loves and looks forward to sharing with us.

Click here for a Save the Date flyer for the June 2020 International Symposium. Registration links for your guests and you appear lower on this webpage.

Click here for a quick day-by-day summary of our time in Barcelona, but please be sure to read the details, lower on this web page.

Join us for ICFAD's triennial international summer symposium, an informative and educational experience that will address global issues in the arts and arts education, in Barcelona, Tuesday, June 2 through Friday, June 5 or Sunday, June 7, 2020. Two pricing options are available.

During a visit to the original campus of the Universitat de Barcelona, founded in 1450, we will learn about the long history of this institution, its buildings, library (including a collection of incunables), and art collection. We will experience a presentation about the differences between U.S. and European instituitons of higher education - including the Bologna Process - that reshaped the way European universities work, especially from a curricular viewpoint. There will be a rountable of these topics that will include a number of deans from the University of Barcelona, offering a very productive exchange of information among participants. A presentation about academic exchange opportunities will provide information needed to pursue such exchanges. 

ICFAD members are invited to present, as part of our time on campus. 

This week-long symposium will be followed by a two-day global seminar at Elisava, planned cooperatively with colleagues from ELIA, the globally connected European network for higher arts education. Registration for the Global Seminar (€150) is underwritten by ICFAD for members who attend the symposium AND the seminar. Members will, however, be responsible for their own overnight accommodations, once the symposium ends (i.e. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday nights). Members wishing to register for the Global Seminar and not the symposium should register by clicking here and are invited to arrive early and join us at the Universitat de Barcelona the Friday prior.

Registration for the Global Seminar is separate, through ELIA, and is available by clicking here.

Gijs van Hensbergen will accompany and share his knowledge with us for several days, as we visit together:

  • La Sagrada Familia, the monumental church designed by Antoni Gaudí, with construction which began in 1882 and continues today
  • Museu d’Historia de Barcelona, including the world’s most extensive subterranean Roman ruins
  • Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, located in the Palau Nacional of Montjuic, constructed for the International Exposition of 1929
  • Fundació Joan Miró taking us on a trip around the Barcelona of Joan Miró, providing an opportunity to discover the links between the artist and the city of his birth, and his wish to see art become a natural part of people’s everyday lives
  • Museu Picasso, very rich in regard to work from the formative years in the life of the artist; practically exhaustive up to the Blue Period
  • Palau de la Musica, this essential landmark in the cultural and social life of Catalonia is an architectural jewel of Catalan Art Nouveau and the only concert venue in this style to be listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
  • Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona’s Opera House was founded on the Ramblas in 1847 and has continued through the years to fulfill its role as a culture and arts centre and one of the symbols of the city
  • Park Güell, a failed garden city project transformed by Gaudí into a public park brimming with imagination and symbolism
  • Casa Milá / La Pedrera, Gaudí's architectonic sculpture combining absolute aesthetic liberty with original structural solutions

John Maciuika, Professor of Art and Architectural History, City University of New York, will present "The Architecture of Antonio Gaudi in the Context of the European Art Nouveau, 1890-1910." This presentation places the architecture of Antonio Gaudi in the context of radical new innovations occurring in Europe between 1890 and 1910. It especially examines the Art Nouveau and such related movements as National Romanticism and the Arts and Crafts movement. When seen in light of developments taking place in such cities as Paris, Vienna, Munich, Glasgow, and Budapest, the unique genius of Antonio Gaudi can be understood simultaneously as a singular expression of Catalonian cultural identity, and as a part of larger avant-garde architectural experiments taking place across Europe.

Two pricing options are available for the International Symposium. A seven-night, six-day program has been planned for $4,656. The price includes breakfast at the hotel each morning, five lunches and two dinners. A five-night, four-day experience is planned for $3,140 and includes breakfast at the hotel each morning, three lunches, two dinners and a farewell reception.

Those joining us for six days will also experience:

  • Teatre-Museu Dalí, the world’s largest surrealist object, conceived and designed by the artist allowing us to capture the artistic journey of Salvador Dalí
  • Casa-Museu Dalí, where in 1930, Salvador Dalí set up home in a small fisherman’s hut in Portlligat, drawn to it by the landscape, the light and the isolation of the place
  • The Benedictine Abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat, that includes a spectacular collection of works by Caravaggio, Dalí, Picasso, Monet, Sisley, Degas, El Greco and so many more. From the abbey we will enjoy breathtaking views of these serrated mountains. 
  • Llopart Winery, viticulturists since 1385, the Llopart family have been making their award-winning sparkling wine, cava , since 1887

Please click here to register members of your institution for ICFAD’s June 2020 International Symposium. You will be asked to pay a $500 per person deposit. The remaining amount due will be payable in April 2020.

Please click here to register members of your family or friends. This form is separate, to provide you with the opportunity to use a different credit card.

Please click here if you prefer to print a registration form to mail in with your payment by check.

Please click here to send an e-mail to Joanna Wivell to communicate any special requests related to your overnight accommodations at H10 Art Gallery. Your overnight accommodations are included in the registration fee.

Hotel rooms are being held in our name until January 13, 2020. While we still welcome your reservation after that date, we are not able to guarantee that reservations received after that date will be at the same hotel. 

“This will be the fourth International Symposium that my wife and I have enjoyed with ICFAD. We appreciate that these programs are more than merely well-planned vacations. They are tailor-made for deans and arts administrators to provide an educationally enriching, culturally immersive experience led by seasoned guides. We wouldn’t consider other group travel, but we very much look forward to ICFAD’s trips.”

  • Chuck O’Connor, Dean, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Hixson-Lied Fine & Performing Arts

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Again: The week-long symposium will be followed by a two-day global seminar at Elisava, planned cooperatively with colleagues from ELIA, the globally connected European network for higher arts education. Registration for the Global Seminar is separate, through ELIA, and is available by clicking here.