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MAC: Cerdanyola has a lot to celebrate!

MAC: Cerdanyola has a lot to celebrate!

The Art Museum of Cerdanyola (MAC) is celebrating its tenth anniversary and the declaration of the “Dames de Cerdanyola” stained glass panels as Items of national Cultural Interest. This is a great occasion to discover its treasures.

Marès, Straight out of a Novel

Marès, Straight out of a Novel

The Marès Museum in Barcelona has organised a literary walk through the “sentimental museum” – a route through its collections via the Catalan literature of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Manresa 2022: Baroque is the future

Manresa 2022: Baroque is the future

Manresa County Museum will be completely renovated in 2022 to make it a reference for works of Catalan Baroque art. Meanwhile there are two small exhibitions that are worth a visit.

MEV: Medieval and Digital

MEV: Medieval and Digital

The Episcopal Museum of Vic (MEV) holds an extraordinary collection of Romanic and Gothic art. But it has something even better: its sensitivity to teaching about the collection. When a museum does not know how to talk about its works, it should probably close.

The Prado in Vilanova i la Geltrú

The Prado in Vilanova i la Geltrú

The Víctor Balaguer Library and Museum shows its extraordinary collection of works from the Prado Museum in Madrid on the occasion of the bicentenary of the Prado.

Valls: the capital of love for art

Valls: the capital of love for art

The city of Valls has 24,000 inhabitants. Its museum, 2,000 works, which make up an interesting selection of the last 150 years of Catalan art.

The Marès Museum Rediscovers Marès the Sculptor

The Marès Museum Rediscovers Marès the Sculptor

Did you know that Frederic Marès is the sculptor with the greatest presence in the public space in Barcelona? Plaça Catalunya, Diagonal and even inside Santa Maria del Mar and the Palace of the Catalan Government, for example.

The Sleepwalking Antique Dealer

The Sleepwalking Antique Dealer

Dominique Lambert is twenty years old and lives in Paris. His mother, Isabelle, is a well-known psychiatrist and his father, Christophe an antique dealer or cronopio.

Miró-Gaudí-Gomis: when looks cross

Miró-Gaudí-Gomis: when looks cross

This exhibition, which has been organised using the collection of foundation, looks at the aesthetic and creative affinities of Gaudí and Miró as seen through the Joaquim Gomis.

Frank Horvat: “Please don’t smile”

Frank Horvat: “Please don’t smile”

The Espais Volart of the Vila Casas Foundation is showing “Please don’t smile”, by the photographer Frank Horvat who, having worked relentlessly during his professional life, now offers a collection of photographs taken in the field of fashion in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

Renau: art and revolution

Renau: art and revolution

The anthological exhibition by Valencian Josep Renau (1907-1982) – poster-maker for the revolution – arrives in Barcelona. Introducing the international avant-gardes to Spain in the 1920s and 30s and a reference for the Catalan left in the 1970s, his criticism of American society is alarmingly modern.

Beauty XXL

Beauty XXL

On 27 June Soler y Llach will put up for auction some incredible posters from the Josep Torné collection. These are masterpieces in the world of postermaking by artists as big as Josep Renau, Ricard Opisso, Capiello, Cassandre, A. de Riquer, Ramon Casas and Segrelles.

Two Geniuses Face to Face: Fages and Dalí

Two Geniuses Face to Face: Fages and Dalí

You can never really read the work of Salvador Dalí without knowing the literary legacy of Carles Fages de Climent. This is shown by Dalí expert Josep Playà in his book, “Fages Dalí, geniuses and friends”.

Agreements and the Fight for Culture

Agreements and the Fight for Culture

When we talk of culture some people think that we are treading the terrain of the utopian or, even worse, the luxurious and dispensable. Opposing ideologies resign culture, in an opposing but similar way, to private initiative.

The Polyptych of the Vallès

The Polyptych of the Vallès

“Vallès: manufacturing pasts, manufacturing futures” is a project in which Claudio Zulian uses the memory of the working class of the county of Vallès – an area historically and politically affiliated to the so-called “red belt” of Barcelona.

In the name of Picasso

In the name of Picasso

This show in the Barcelona museum reinterprets the different facets of the artist from the point of view of ten contemporary creators. The political Picasso, the passionate Picasso and the intellectual Picasso, all covered in the story which unfolds under the curatorship of Rosa Martinez.

Lluís Hortalà or the trickery of the gaze

Lluís Hortalà or the trickery of the gaze

When you visit the Lluís Hortalà exhibition at Tecla Sala in L’Hospitalet you have to be ready for a double set of rules: those of the eye, subjected to the logical trickery of trompe-l’oeil, and those of the concept, articulated in the solid story about the exhibition by Oriol Fontdevila. But one step at a time.

Antoni Fabrés: Recovery Operation

Antoni Fabrés: Recovery Operation

The MNAC, being the national museum that it is, had the job of rescuing the wok of Antoni Fabrés – a versatile and effective artist who moved on from the academic and Orientalist approach of his early works.

Franco the Painter

Franco the Painter

All political leaders have had an artistic hobby: President Clinton played the sax, Nero the lyre, Alphonse XIII was an adult film producer and Franco liked painting.

The past chapter in La Capella

The past chapter in La Capella

Entitled “Cerrar abriendo” (Close by opening), the sixth scene of “La Capella 25 Years After”, an exhibition in instalments which has told the story of this centre dedicated to emerging art since the month of January, through the artists that have exhibited there.

Churchill, Hitler, Eisenhower… painters

Churchill, Hitler, Eisenhower… painters

Everyone knows them as some of the most central characters in history, capable of pulling the strings during the Second World War…but when they had a moment all three would settle down to do a spot of relaxing painting as if they had never hurt a fly.

A Brief Encyclopaedia of Forgers

A Brief Encyclopaedia of Forgers

If right now you were looking at a factitious “Encyclopaedia of Well-known Forgers of Art”, the contents page would include creators as famous as Michelangelo and Picasso.

Unknown sisters

Unknown sisters

Clichés about the affinity between Italy and Spain aside, it is true that cultural and artistic exchanges between the two countries are less intense than one might expect. In Barcelona, an exhibition, an urban installation, workshops and other initiative are an attempt to redress this lack of reciprocal recognition.

In Combat for the Love of Art

In Combat for the Love of Art

Anyone who enters the exhibition Cinc anys a les trinxeres (Five years in the trenches) by Jesús Galdón, kind of phylacterical mirror hanging on the wall, is immediately reflected in the doorway of the El Quadern Robat gallery.

Portrait of a Venetian Lady

Portrait of a Venetian Lady

One of the dreams of any antiquarian-cronopio is to have a famous client visit their shop and buy everything. The possibilities are minimal but, in this business, like in life, it could happen. In fact, it did happen to a colleague of mine the day that…

Time is on the side of the vanquished

Time is on the side of the vanquished

Just when the United States once again demonstrate their untamed meddling in the internal affairs of South America and when Pedro Sánchez recognises and legitimates a self-proclaimed president in Venezuela, Macba is opening the necessary and timely exhibition Undefined territories. Perspectives on colonial legacies.

The Pluralistic Imaginary of La Capella

The Pluralistic Imaginary of La Capella

Global cities, futuristic dystopias and universal figures of the literary and linguistic imaginary all come together in La Capella in a group show with ten heterogeneous proposals around the idea of layers or of accumulated time.

Aesthetic as anaesthesia

Aesthetic as anaesthesia

He’s an international photographer with an impeccable reputation, and I’ve asked him a favour, as a friend: to accompany me to the World Press Photo Exhibition (WPPh). I’m interested in his personal vision of the tragedy. Because the WPPh is one big tragedy: in the photos almost no one is smiling.

The Other Catalans of the Biennale

The Other Catalans of the Biennale

There is life beyond the pavilion. The Catalan art scene in Venice nudge their way into institutional projects for the Biennale and also parallel initiatives.

Halloween at the Museum

Halloween at the Museum

There is a day for everything but if you want to attract young people you have to celebrate at night. And that is exactly what the “Museums Night” – the cool and fun version of the formal “Museums Day” – does.

Watch out for the Statues!

Watch out for the Statues!

Pedro Azara’s project for the Catalonia Pavilion at the Venice Biennale confronts the viewer with their own emotional weakness with a series of visceral reactions of love and hate provoked by the images.

Memory, Pain… and Poletiquette

Memory, Pain… and Poletiquette

Mauthausen was again news. We talked about the weight of memory with Jesús Galdón, the author of the plaque that, through emptiness, recalls the victims of Nazi barbarism.

Exorcism on Paper

Exorcism on Paper

Fourteen works on paper are exhibited at N2 gallery by eleven outstanding artists, united by their “aesthetic tendencies broken by war, interior exile, different attempts to preserve their creative freedom and the dawning following the start of democracy”.

Twinkles and surprises

Twinkles and surprises

The world of art galleries is picking up, but more than that it is experiencing profound change. Not only are new galleries opening, but there are changes in the format, the business model, the planning and also the audiences.

The Invisible Magic of Quantum Physics

The Invisible Magic of Quantum Physics

The ambitious exhibition “Quantum” which is showing at the CCCB attempts to explain the theory of quantum physics, including a dialogue between science and art.

Overflowing cities: too much mass tourism in Barcelona?

Overflowing cities: too much mass tourism in Barcelona?

Who hasn’t flown to another European city on a budget flight and then stayed in an AirBnB? Who has never done “acritical tourism” or “place consumption” for a couple of days? It is not easy to raise the debate about the excess of tourism without falling into contradictions.

First Scan of an Illegal Abortion

First Scan of an Illegal Abortion

Laia Abril has made the problem of illegal abortion universal and contemporary through her artistic project “On Abortion”, which is currently being shown at the Foto Colectania Foundation in Barcelona.

Damià Campeny in Mataró

Damià Campeny in Mataró

“Reflextions. The Work of Damià Campeny”, at Ca l’Arenas of Mataró, is a show that emphasises the artist’s working method and his context.

10 Instructions for Bidding at Auction

10 Instructions for Bidding at Auction

Do you think buying art at an auction is easy? Well, you are wrong. Artur Ramon, who is an expert in the field, gives you ten basic tips to, at least, not make a fool of yourself in an auction.

Mutant Scenes at La Capella

Mutant Scenes at La Capella

La Capella is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a space for the promotion of emerging art. And it is doing so in episodes. Here we have the fourth.

10 Recommended Art Books

10 Recommended Art Books

Essays, anthologies, guides, anecdotes, graphic novels…2019 has a host of bibliographic novelties on the topic of art. And the day of Sant Jordi is the perfect excuse to buy one (or more) of them. Here are our recommendations.

Three Art Books for a Desert Island (and 2)

Three Art Books for a Desert Island (and 2)

In anticipation of the Day of the book for Sant Jordi, we asked our “Mirador de les Arts” contributors which three art books they would take with them on a desert island. Their answers are surprising.

Three Art Books for a Desert Island (1)

Three Art Books for a Desert Island (1)

In anticipation of the Day of the book for Sant Jordi, we asked our “Mirador de les Arts” contributors which three books they would take with them on a desert island. Their answers are surprising.

Mechanism of Detachment

Mechanism of Detachment

“Absències”, a small retrospective of work by Ramon Guillen-Balmes is on show at the Busquets Space of the Massana School of Art and Design.

The (double) Secret of Víctor Silva

The (double) Secret of Víctor Silva

A mysterious artist named Víctor Silva is exhibiting a series of small format painting at the Víctor Saavedra gallery, accompanied by their photographic reproductions in monumental proportions. Why?

Shall We Go on a Gallery Crawl?

Shall We Go on a Gallery Crawl?

When was the last time you stepped inside an art gallery? Can you name, from memory, the names of three art galleries in your town or city? Don’t worry, there is still time to retake the test.

Sweetly soft…

Sweetly soft…

…comfortable, resistent, easy to wash. This is how , in the seventies, the new textile fabrics from the Mataró manufacturers were advertised. Mataró was a city specialising in the new textile modes and today exhibits its industrial heritage in the old Can Marfà factory.

Jordi Baron and snatches of time

Jordi Baron and snatches of time

Jordi Baron Rubí is an antiques dealer (third generation), collector of antique photos, and fine-art photographer. Each one of these facets feeds in to the other two.

Uri Geller and Salvador Dalí: a paranormal friendship

Uri Geller and Salvador Dalí: a paranormal friendship

Not many people know that Uri Geller and Salvador Dalí met in Barcelona and kept in touch for quite some time. One painted the first bent spoon and the other bent spoons using the powers of the mind. Paranormal surrealism?

Gabriel Cualladó is ours

Gabriel Cualladó is ours

As often happens with good books and films, the exhibition by Gabriel Cualladó at the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation stays with you for some time after your visit.

Berenice Abbott: Absolutely Modern

Berenice Abbott: Absolutely Modern

A wide-ranging retrospective at the Fundación Mapfre’s Barcelona gallery highlights the North American photographer’s commitment to freedom, modernity and creativity.

What to do about Brother Josep Maria de Vera?

What to do about Brother Josep Maria de Vera?

Only very recently we have discovered the name of a now deceased Capuchin monk who was based in Barcelona and formed part of the considerable list of clerics recently accused of sexual crimes with children.

Sex, books and the lumpen

Sex, books and the lumpen

What connects gimp masks and an abandoned library? The Pink Panther and a blow-up doll? All is revealed in Evaristo Benítez’s exhibition “Décalage”, at Galeria Contrast.

AIDS Anarchive, documents that fill gaps

AIDS Anarchive, documents that fill gaps

Intersexuals, radicalised people, homosexuals, guerrillas, HIV victims. We can say that thanks to the exhibit “AIDS Anarchive”, organised by the Documentation Centre of the MACBA, the museum is we are filling the gap.

Emotional Microvisits

Emotional Microvisits

The so-called microvisits to the “Poetics of Emotion” exhibition, which are offered by the CaixaForum every weekend, without the need for reservation and at no additional cost, are a simple and easy way to get closer to contemporary art.

The 1976 Venice Biennale as a Symptom

The 1976 Venice Biennale as a Symptom

The cultural control of the Spanish and Catalan Communist parties took the baton from the window-dressing politics of Francoism. In the midst of the transition to democracy, the 1976 Venice Biennale bore clear witness to this.

Louise Bourgeois: a lesson in survival and freedom

Louise Bourgeois: a lesson in survival and freedom

Survival and vulnerability but also courage and freedom. This is the message that all Louise Bourgeois’ work exudes and for me she is one of the best artists of the twentieth century, out of both men and women.

I have been, I am and I will always be a Surrealist

I have been, I am and I will always be a Surrealist

That is how Juan Batlle Planas defines himself in an interview in the newspaper Clarín in 1965, just a couple of years before his death. In the Art Museum of Girona you can see the first exhibition of this artist – Argentinean but with his origins in the Empordà.

Political art. A Tricky balance

Political art. A Tricky balance

A few years ago I was able to visit the Proa Foundation in Buenos Aires. Ai Weiwei was exhibiting. The exhibit was called “Inoculación” and consisted of a large number of political works presented as a project of public and social intervention, as dissident art.

Roi Soleil: the limits of power

Roi Soleil: the limits of power

The eye of the camera has no compassion: regardless of whether you put in front of it. In the case of “Roi Soleil” Albert Serra once again opts for the agonising body of Louis XIV, embodied by another mythical body –that of Lluís Serrat, alias Sanxini, who he has used in almost all of his projects.

The Only Difference Between a Madman and Me…

The Only Difference Between a Madman and Me…

The figure of Joan Obiols Vié (Granollers, 1918 – Cadaqués, 1980) is multifaceted. This recognised psychiatrist and academic, art collector and cultural activist in times of Francoist restrictions… has not had a complete exhibition dedicated to him until now.

Barcelona is falling. Fall and carry on…

Barcelona is falling. Fall and carry on…

Most of these last four decades of democracy have been spent creating a fake culture, using as a marketing ploy a country which urgently needed to demonstrate that it could hit the spot in terms of European culture.

Ignasi de Solà-Morales. Resistant Violence

Ignasi de Solà-Morales. Resistant Violence

“In fact, any architectural operation is an imposition, a colonisation which involves violence”. An exhibition at La Virreina reviews the intellectual and critical legacy of the architect Ignasi de Solà-Morales. You won’t be left feeling indifferent.

Sense and Sensibility at the CaixaForum

Sense and Sensibility at the CaixaForum

This interesting study, in exhibition format, addresses emotion though western art. Do we feel the same now as we did five hundred years ago? Is art able to lie and be sincere at the same time?

L’H. The centre is on the outskirts

L’H. The centre is on the outskirts

L’Hospitalet is well on the way to becoming one of the nerve centres of Catalan art, but what is the attraction for gallery owners and creators?

My Gothic Granny

My Gothic Granny

The girl strangles the boy with her bare hands and stares into the camera. Her murderous eyes penetrate right through the photographer as her victim’s tongue hangs out of the side of his mouth. All framed by the darkness and shadows of the forest.

Bermejo, the Gestapo and the Crown of Aragon

Bermejo, the Gestapo and the Crown of Aragon

Bartolomé Bermejo left an Andalusia that had been conquered by the Castilian troops, to travel to Aragon, where it would seem that the ills blown by the winds were not so bad.

Je ne veux pas travailler

Je ne veux pas travailler

A group exhibition on time brings together philosophy and contemporary art at Can Felipa. With nine artists and a Heideggerian title that says “Waste time and buy a watch to do so!”

Our Artistic Relationship with Technology

Our Artistic Relationship with Technology

“Our simple relationship with technology” is the exhibition organised by Mobile Week Barcelona 2019 as the star event in its parallel cultural programme. This exhibit is a reflection on the digital transformation of our society through 14 works by international artists.

Infinite Arts in L’Hospitalet

Infinite Arts in L’Hospitalet

La Infinita, in L’Hospitalet, is a new space of multidisciplinary creation and is the brainchild of Jordi Colomer and his partner, the producer Carolina Olivares.

Paintings with Titleplates

Paintings with Titleplates

Many of the old paintings hanging in city apartments have a small gold titleplates with the name of the painter – usually one of the Grand Masters: Murillo, Ribera, Velázquez, Zurbarán.

The Motor Car in Catalan Art

The Motor Car in Catalan Art

As a result of the age of its own invention, the motor car cannot have been a theme in art much before the turn of the twentieth century.

Lina Bo Bardi draws the future of the Miró Foundation

Lina Bo Bardi draws the future of the Miró Foundation

The Miró Foundation presents an exhibition of drawing by the Italian-Brazilian Lina Bo Bardi, one of the most important architects of the twentieth century, following the storm which has blown up over the dismissals and the losses of the institution.

The Final Edit of Isaki Lacuesta

The Final Edit of Isaki Lacuesta

“I have been making video installations for some time. They allow me to continue making films in different ways. Because in cinema films there are some things that cannot be done. Either because of the format, or the context, or the audiences, which have become very conservative.”

Kitsch Aesthetic as a Means of Protest

Kitsch Aesthetic as a Means of Protest

The AES+F group doesn’t care whether they are labelled as frivolous or kitsch. Their aesthetic is generally considered to be on the verge of bad taste.