Domingo Balet participated in national and international contest and exhibitions to publicize his projects and achieve prestige in the world of architecture, but these exhibitions also served as a showcase for wealthy visitors and potential future clients.


1.Sant Jordi Royal Catalan Academy of Fine Arts Awards

In his time as a student, he participated in the contest organized annually by the Academy of Fine Arts and obtained the following awards:

Source: Book of minutes of the Royal Catalan Academy of Fine Arts of Sant Jordi

2. Artistic-Industrial Exhibition 1876

In 1876, the Center for Masters of Works organized a great artistic-industrial exhibition that opened on January 7 of that year at the headquarters. The exhibition featured 26 master builders and 119 additional exhibitors showing a variety of works in painting, sculpture, engraving, casting, photography, archaeology, lampwork, bronzes, stonework, artificial stone, mosaic, carpentry, locksmithing, hardware. , ceramics, lightning rods, wallpapers, among others.

The idea for this exhibition came from Gerónimo Granell Mundet, an active master builder, who had the collaboration of a group of colleagues. The premises on Calle del Pino, 5, were decorated by Macario Planella, Domingo Balet and Tiberio Sabater, while the assembly of the exhibition was in charge of these and other collaborators.

The success of the exhibition, evidenced by its expressive catalogue, motivated the Center's board to organize an artistic-industrial competition similar to that of the Ateneo Barcelona for the following year. More than 600 works were presented, including 66 architectural projects, in various categories such as architecture, carpentry, locksmithing, ceramics and artificial stone. Although the architecture prize was void, prizes were awarded in other categories.

The exhibition included important works such as “The Gunfight” and the “Battle of Wad Ras” by Mariano Fortony, as well as works by Rigaud, Urgell, Vayreda, Rigalt, Reynés, Pellicer, Fuxá, among others. The success of the exhibition was confirmed by the 10,000 people who visited it in just 15 days.

In addition to the exhibition, the Master Builders also collaborated on topography work, including collaboration with Ildefonso Cerdá in the survey of the surrounding area of ​​Barcelona and help in laying the railway lines that were being laid out in Catalonia in the last quarter of the last century.

The importance of the Center of Masters of Works and the prestige of its members was demonstrated when in 1878 the Artistic and Archaeological Association of Barcelona requested to establish itself in the Center's premises, which was gladly granted. In the following years, two more exhibitions were held, one of jewelry, miniatures and enamels and another of costumes and weapons.

Fountain:Libro Los Maestros de Obras de Barcelona, Juan Bassegoda Nonell

Engraving from 1877 of the Industrial Artistic Exhibition at the headquarters of the Center for Masters of Works on Pino Street Nº5 in Barcelona in the well-known Maldà Palace or even better known as Maldà Galleries

Cover of the book where the following information appears.

3. Drawing contest at the Ateneo Barcelonés 1877

In 1876 the Ateneo Barcelonés announced in its minutes the organization of a drawing contest for the application of art in industry. The contest was divided into different themes:

A year later, in 1877, the winners were published, naming Domènec Balet the winner in the locksmith section for his project: Chandeliers and metal lighting braces for a Gothic church; with the motto "Nova et Veritas".

As the winner, Domingo Balet was awarded a bronze medal at the Ateneo Barcelonés and as a prize he will be presented with a collection of the works of Hipólito Flandrín (reproduced in lithography and photography).

Source: Ateneo Barcelonés; Minutes Ateneu Barcelonès 1876 i 1877

4. Universal Exhibition of Barcelona 1888

The publication "La Exposición" of the month of May 1888 explains the participation of Domingo Balet as the person in charge of directing the German pavilion.

The news also alludes to the fact that the Munich company Franz Xaver Zettler, specializing in the manufacture of large windows, sent one of them to be installed in said pavilion.

The pavilion in question was number XIX, located in the Gran Palacio de la Indústria, and had an area of ​​1,600m2. Inside, there was a decoration made up of flags, shields and stained glass windows as well as the busts of the deceased emperors Guillermo I and Federico III. In addition, it housed a variety of exhibitors that showed watches, bottles of water and cologne, fabrics, silverware, artistic furniture, potato brandies, wine, among others.

Source: Guia de Barcelona y su exposición - J.Pujal y F.Dollet 

Old woodcut of the interior of the German flag

Franz Xaver Zettler

La Exposición 01.05.1888 - Download original  document

5. 1st General Exhibition of Fine Arts of Barcelona 1891

Domènec Balet presented several projects at the exhibition held at the Palacio de les Bellas Artes (now defunct) obtaining a Diploma of Honor:

Fuente: Dipòsit digital de documents de la UAB

Palace of Fine Arts, built in 1888 and demolished in 1942

6. Chicago World's Fair 1893

Domingo Balet presented several projects at this exhibition in Chicago (USA), considered the first great Universal Exhibition in History, where his fellow student Rafael Guastavino Moreno was guest of honor at the International Architecture Congress held there and his fame caused that he was also elected a member of the jury in the architecture section of the exhibition in which Domingo Balet won the Gold Medal:

Fuente: Google Books: Spain Comisión, Exposición universal de Chicago, 1893 

7. 2nd General Exhibition of Fine Arts of Barcelona 1894

He presented two projects at the exhibition:

Source: Dipòsit Digital de Documents de la UAB

8. 3rd General Exhibition of Fine Arts of Barcelona 1896

Diario de Barcelona 14/06/1896