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20.11.2014: Museus, Ecos de la Biennal i altres coses.

November 20, 2014


1. En quin moment la passió per compartir l’experiència de l’art afecta aquesta mateixa experiència?   Aquesta és la pregunta clau (no gaire ben traduïda!) d’un article interessant al The New Yorker  sobre la massificació als museus (Peter Schjedahl “Art All Over”, 7 d’agost 2014 , online). Sense caure en el mite de l’esteta solitari, diria que potser del que es tracta és que […]

04.08.2014: Charles, Domenikos and the rest.

August 4, 2014


1. Charles’ summer. Aachen is waiting us, Eurosceptic sinners,  with three big exhibitions on Charlemagne, who died there a merely 1200 years ago. 2. Domeniko’s last laugh. Don’t miss the impressive El Greco and Modern Painting (up to October 5th in the Prado, Madrid). At the end of the show, you will feel as it was about […]

27.07.2014 Museums, sales, and the telly

July 27, 2014


1. A promising newborn I am glad to come back with some good news from this hidden jewel called Museu Marés in Barcelona. On Saturday, June 27th it joined forces with four other museums founded by private collectors (Fundaçao Calouste Gulbekian in Lisbon, The Burrell Collection in Glasgow, Museo Poldi Pozzoli  in Milan  and The […]

16.02.2013: Lampedusa’s visit to Museu Picasso

February 15, 2013


A note to the English readers: this week’s post is about a rather local issue, the legal status of the Museu Picasso de Barcelona. I am not sure it is of the utmost interest for the readers from abroad, so I am not translating it in full. Anyway, the basic facts are the following. Until […]

09.02.2013: From Florence to Frankfurt

February 9, 2013


1. Florentine Spring Thanks to Joan Yeguas, Conservator for Renaissance and Baroque Art in the MNAC, I came across an interesting exhibition opening in the Uffizi on March, 5: “Norma e capriccio. Spagnoli in Italia agli esordi della ‘maniera moderna’” (“Norma e Capriccio. Spanish artists in Italy in the early Mannierist period”, until May 26, […]

20.12.2012: So clear, so great, so difficult to achieve

December 20, 2012


I had prepared a post with some good news about the arts this week – I felt that we all need a drop of optimism. But oddly enough, it is politics that puts a smile on my face today. The facts are quite simple: the majority party, centre-right Convergència i Unió (winner of the last […]

25.11.2012: A tale for a country

November 25, 2012


Sorry folks, but this week, instead of the usual seven shots post, I feel it is time for the occasional 750-word-long op-ed. My subject today is how to present Catalan art to the world, which is perhaps not the hottest issue in the field, but is at least one that is familiar, and hopefully attractive, […]

11.11.2012: From Nonell to Van Eyck

November 11, 2012


1. The rise of the online auction I do admit: it is not without a drop of envy that I report about these two extraordinary examples of 19th century Catalan art coming to auction – I wish I myself were handling them!  Isidre Nonell (1872-1911), and Joaquim Mir (1873-1940) shared formative years in the informal Colla […]

04.11.2012: From Provence to Switzerland

November 4, 2012


1. Parallel lives: Rico and Cézanne Martín Rico (1833-1908) and Paul Cézanne (1839 – 1906) were not only contemporaries and fellow newcomers to Paris around 1860 and 1862, but also artists that used landscape as their preferred motive. Both are receiving a major retrospective now, Rico in Madrid (Martín Rico as landscaper, Museo del Prado, […]

28.10.2012: From Naples to Rome.

October 28, 2012


1. Sometimes it is just too late. Sure some of you are familiar with the work of Giovanni Battista Lusieri (c. 1755 – c.1821), but it has taken me about three and a half decades, plus this review in the FAZ about Expanding Horizons, the current retrospective in the Scottish National Gallery, to come across […]