Reviews

Modest Urgell, finally over the horizon

As part of the events for the centenary year of his death, the Museum of Art of Girona presents Modest Urgell (Barcelona, 1839-1919), with all his complexity and contradictions.

Life in modern cities

The exhibition “Camera and City. Urban Life in Photography and Film” at the CaixaForum Barcelona brings together 244 pieces by 80 photographers and filmmakers, made between 1910 and 2010. Together they form a kind of visual essay or reflection through still and moving images.

Museum of the Empordà: Disquieting de Juana

Pasear por la última exposición de Eudald de Juana en el Museu de l’Empordà (Figueres) es como transitar un sueño; da la sensación de que sus esculturas nos observan y que, de repente, sean capaces de desvanecerse.

Museum of Lleida: reclaiming the Baroque

The Museum of Lleida has undertaken a makeover of its Renaissance and Baroque halls. This has offered the chance to do justice to and get a better understanding of the Catalan Baroque which has so far been the subject of little public knowledge.

Mirador Gallery: Catalonia as a mirage

A exhibition at the Apel·les Fenosa Foundation in El Vendrell recuperates the memory of the Mirador gallery in Paris – a space for Catalan culture in exile in post-war Paris.

Abyss or Refuge?

The exhibition Freefall at the CaixaForum Barcelona explores the situation of uncertainty, concern and sometimes even panic which many people are suffering during these times of structural crisis.

The Magic Tricks of Bill Viola

The art of Bill Viola (Nova York, 1951) has got a hypnotic quality so intense that it fascinates and annoys in equal measure: the same is true for the mystical and spiritual substrata of his work.

The Opera Makes History

CaixaForum Barcelona tells us the story of modern Europe through eight operas. This is a high fidelity exhibition that has to be visited using the audio guide.

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”

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

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.

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”.

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

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.