New month, new story and new city. This time in spotlight: Judith Peter - The manager of GAUDIFOND ARTE, the gallery in Barcelona that was found by García Márquez and Salvador Dalí. The gallery is a fusion of tradition and avant-garde that encompasses the most important artistic movements.
We believe that art inspires fashion and fashion inspires art. So we asked Judith about the wonderful city Barcelona, art and her travel story.
Please can you introduce yourself and GAUDIFOND ARTE Gallery?
My name is Judith Péter and I am the manager of Gaudifond Arte art Gallery and private collection, a third generation family-owned business started in Barcelona in 1971 and inaugurated by Salvador Dalí, Gabriel García Márquez and other famous personalities from the artistic world.
Please can you share when you started at GAUDIFOND ARTE and what a day looks like?
I started working at Gaudifond Arte in 2013 and one year later I became the manager. Back then the Gallery was not even online and only did a few expositions a year. With a small team we digitalized the 5000 artworks of our collection and we launched our website, social networks and so on. It’s hard to tell how a day looks like for me because every day is different and I can hardly know what is going to happen: office work, attending exhibitions, promoting new artists, supervise the shippings, show the artworks to our clients...
How important is art for you?
Since I was a little girl I knew I wanted the work in the art industry. My dream was to became the director of a museum, but for now I’m very happy working for Gaudifond Arte.
How important is the art in Barcelona for the city?
Art in Barcelona is a booming activity. The city is filled with artists who express themselves in many ways through painting, sculpture or architecture. Just to name a few: Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Antoni Tápies, Jaume Plensa, etc. Also Pablo Picasso spent his formative years in Barcelona and even today we can find his traces in the city.
On the other hand, talking about the artistic scene in Barcelona, we can’t forget about it’s world famous architecture, the CatalanModernism. It includes the work of Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Lluis Domènechi Muntaner, and perhaps the most known Antoni Gaudí– whose main work, the Sagrada Familia will be finished in 2026.
Can you describe a perfect 24 hour day for you in Barcelona?
My favourites are Sundays in Barcelona! I love to wake up early and take a stroll in the old town or at the beach before it gets super busy with all the tourists. Have a light brunch with friends and loved ones on a cute terrace, and later on maybe visit a pop up artisan market or a new exhibit.
Are there some favourite must go to places that you can recommend in Barcelona?
Apart from the obvious and must go tourist places – which I try to avoid, because of the incredible crowd – there are hidden gems that definitely worth the visit and enjoy the calm: the Torre Bellesguard, a castle that is a blend of Art Nouveau and Gothic style on the restored ruins of the medieval palace built by Antoni Gaudí orthe Can Framis Museum with a great collection of contemporary art. Another great museum is the MEAM with concerts and theatre at the evenings; and lastly the many many great restaurants of the city that I don’t even try to list, the local cuisine itself is a piece of art!
How often do you travel or go to (new) cities?
Since I love to travel and discover new places I try to get away every month even if just for a couple of days. We don’t have to go tothe other side of the planet, often the most interesting or inspiring places are just a few hours away.
Is there any city you love to travel to the most?
My favourite city is Budapest. I go there every year, it is simply gorgeous and I love the mix of cultures there. It doesn’t matter the season there is always something interesting going on.
Which city inspires you the most? What made it so special for you?
I could go on forever why I love Budapest: the beauty and greatness of the river Danube and the grandeur of its bridges, connecting the two parts of the city, the architecture with its emblematic buildings such as the Parliament or the Buda Castle, the hot springs – some of them dates back to the 16th century - the most stylish cafes ever, the lively bars at the Jewish quarter...oh I just love it all!
When you travel, what are the top three items you must have with you?Obviously my camera - to capture the greatest moments, my favourite Converse trainers – comfy and classic, and a refillable water bottle – it is so important to stay hydrated while not contaminating.
What is your favourite means of travel? Train, Plane, Bike, Boat, other?
I would prefer to take trains, it so easy to hop on, enjoy the view while not emitting tons of fuel, its a pity that the governments don’t invest enough on it.
How would you style your BANANATIME piece?
My style is rather classic and I like to keep my outfit nice and simple. If I wear patterns I prefer to add minimal, quality accessories and natural colours.