Reviews

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.”

Venus and Adonis by Estudi Giró

Venus and Adonis by Estudi Giró

One of the most famous paintings by Titian is “Venus and Adonis”, and it enjoyed so much success at the time that many replicas were made of it, with minimal variations. In the work, the artist does not focus on the myth portrayed by Ovid, but is a free version and one which, to this day, we cannot be sure whether it is of his own invention.

The World of Casas

The World of Casas

The painter Ramon Casas was the great columnist for one of the most brilliant and convulsive periods of the history of Catalonia. The Gothsland Gallery has put on a magnificent exhibition of his work, which accompanies the presentation of the first volume of the Complete Catalogue of the artist.

Incombustible Guinovart

Incombustible Guinovart

The density of techniques, materials and content which can come together in a single work of Josep Guinovart is almost infinite.

The Mini-landscape of Terra-lab.cat

The Mini-landscape of Terra-lab.cat

Jordi Mitjà, Jon Uriarte and Ingrid Guardiola have taken the fourth episode from Terra-lab.cat –the visual laboratory of the region– to the Museum of the Empordà in Figueres and the Museum of Exile in La Jonquera.

Saliva, Sweat and Blood at the SÂLMON Festival

Saliva, Sweat and Blood at the SÂLMON Festival

The SÂLMON Festival, which is in its seventh year with an extended programme, is always a stimulating event for measuring the pulse of new tendencies in dance, performance arts and contemporary live art.

An Explosive Dalí

An Explosive Dalí

Dalí rocks! He invented soft watches, the paranoiac-critic method, the museum as a theatre of experience and, even after his death, the exhibition in two acts.

Sergio Mora: expanded drawing and international success

Sergio Mora: expanded drawing and international success

Sergio Mora is able to express himself with as much freshness in a painting exhibition, an illustrated book either for adults or for all readers, a bizarre comic, an album cover or a subjective and non-neutral design for fashion or interiors. The book “Moraland” brings together a collection of his work.

The City Will Not Make Us Free

The City Will Not Make Us Free

The Umbral project in the Barcelona metro: thirteen suburban artistic works on migration and its political, social and symbolic contradictions.

The Whole of Tharrats

The Whole of Tharrats

An exhibition at the Fundació Tharrats d’Art Gràfic commemorates the centenary of the birth of this artist from Girona and explores his multiple creative sides.

Tintin on the Moon

Tintin on the Moon

CosmoCaixa invites us to an exhibition that links Hergé’s comic “Mission to the Moon” (1950) with the Apollo 11 mission (1969).

Alicja Kwade: exploring space and time

Alicja Kwade: exploring space and time

At a moment in humanity when time has never been so difficult to find and keep, Polish artist Alicja Kwade (1979) invites us to pass through, listen to and observe space-time.

Mela Muter, finally!

Mela Muter, finally!

An exhibition in the Art Museum of Girona brings us the visual and written work of this Polish artist who made her mark on Girona at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Dalí under the genius of Raphael

Dalí under the genius of Raphael

Raphael’s “Madonna of the Rose” leaves the Prado Museum to visit the Teatre-Museu Dalí, and make the dream of the genius from the Empordà come true.

The face as a flag

The face as a flag

Foto Colectania proposes the topic of identity through photography, delving into the extraordinary Walther Collection.

The voice of the weakest

The voice of the weakest

Beyond violence, war and politics, there are people who suffer, lives destroyed and incurable traumas. Turkish artist Erkan Özgen give a voice to these silenced stories.

Vindications of Ismael Smith

Vindications of Ismael Smith

In 1951 Isaac, Ana Maria, Ismael and Paco Smith Marí packed up the contents of their luxury mansion in Irvington, on the banks of the Hudson, and a favourite place of residence for the most accomplished New Yorkers.

The Knight’s Home

The Knight’s Home

An alternative reading of the exhibition “The Splendour of Catalan Castles” at the Museum of Archaeology of Catalonia.

The Genius and Figure of Manuel Duque

The Genius and Figure of Manuel Duque

From time to time the Vila Casas Foundation has little great successes despite the fact that they often become fogged by an excess of eclecticism and exhibitional hyperactivity.

Lee Miller, a Genius in the Net of British Surrealism

Lee Miller, a Genius in the Net of British Surrealism

If there was ever an exhibition that we could say “has many different readings”, without falling into either clichés or exaggeration, it has to be “Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain”, which is currently on at the Miró Foundation in Barcelona.

Picasso Blue and Pink, in Paris

Picasso Blue and Pink, in Paris

If Pablo Picasso had died in 1904, before moving permanently to France, he would still be in all the history of art textbooks in the world. The proof is the exhibition Picasso bleu & rose, at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

Toulouse-Lautrec and New Technology

Toulouse-Lautrec and New Technology

An exhibition has just opened at the CaixaForum Barcelona with a misleading title, but one which is nonetheless worth seeing. If only to be the witnesses to one of the most important revolution in cultural history.

MACBA. 34th Time Lucky?

MACBA. 34th Time Lucky?

Since the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) finally opened its doors to the public in November 1995, there have been 34 presentations of its collection.

macaparana-barcelona or ethereal sensuality

macaparana-barcelona or ethereal sensuality

Brazilian artist José de Souza Oliveira Filho, better known as Macaparana, exhibits for the first time in our country. A distinguished artist whose work makes constant refences to the “Paulista” geometry of São Paulo: a reference to the geometrical abstraction of the Russian constructivists.

Art for After the Shipwreck

Art for After the Shipwreck

Vicenç Viaplana exhibits a visual symphony at the Galería Marc Domènech with indirect allusions to the economic disaster of 2008.

The Case of Saul Leiter

The Case of Saul Leiter

The photographer Saul Leiter was a pioneer in the conscious and deliberate use of colour as an element of expression. An exhibition and a book have come out in the same year in Barcelona.