Exhibitions

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.

Drawing contest at the Ateneo Barcelonés 1877

Carousel imageCarousel imageCarousel imageCarousel imageCarousel image

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:

  • Decorative painting

  • Decorative sculpture

  • Cabinetmaking

  • Ceramics

  • locksmith

  • Metalwork

  • Fabrics

  • Prints

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

1st General Exhibition of Fine Arts of Barcelona 1891

Carousel imageCarousel imageCarousel imageCarousel image

He presented several projects in the exhibition obtaining a Diploma of Honor:

  • Thermal baths, Hotel and Spa in Garriga in the spring of the ancient Roman Thermal Baths. From the information we have at the moment and after speaking with the Heritage Area of the Garriga City Council, it seems that this project was not finally carried out by Domènec Balet.

  • Dining room of the Vila Fabra in Alella (House of the Marques de Alella)

  • Facade of the typographic establishment of Messrs. Successors of N. Martinez Cª

  • Facade of the New Summer Theater <New Retreat>

  • Oratory and dining room for the house of Don Andrés Anglada

Fuente: Dipòsit digital de documents de la UAB

Chicago World's Fair 1893

Carousel imageCarousel imageCarousel imageCarousel imageCarousel imageCarousel image

He presented several projects to this exhibition in Chicago (USA), considered the first great Universal exhibition in History and this time obtaining a gold medal:

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

2nd General Exhibition of Fine Arts of Barcelona 1894

Carousel imageCarousel image

He presented two projects at the exhibition:

  • Villa Faura in Sant Pere de Torelló

  • Portabella family Pantheon

Source: Dipòsit Digital de Documents de la UAB

3rd General Exhibition of Fine Arts of Barcelona 1894

Diario de Barcelona 14/06/1896