Even though aesthetic education was not material covered in the Modern School (La Escuela Moderna, Barcelona, 1901-1906), there were several published articles in its monthly newsletter that pointed to the role of the artist in society and the advantages of including artistic activities in the learning process.
More than a century after the death, in 1909, of Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, its founder, we can only wonder why his approach to art was not included in his radical program and imagine what would have been if it did.
The Book of Aesthetic Education of the Modern School is a book and exhibition where I devise what would have been the art education in such an environment.
The exhibition consists of an installation in the form of a classroom with reproductions of artworks carved in chairs, posters announcing coming lectures and workshops, and the book, ¿Y El Arte? The Book of Aesthetic Education of the Modern School, which gives the exhibition its name.
All these objects and resources create a display that has a double function: it serves as the base onto which the installation of the exhibition stands, as well as hosting the activities related to the project, such as a teacher training course or public seminars on education and art.
See also A Friend in Common http://pf.chinocha.no/projects/a-friend-in-common