One of the most habitual ways of thinking about a work or about an author is to link them to their surroundings, something which often ends up being a reflection about the city in which these works were produced. It’s not a triviality, modern art has shown itself to be inseparable from the fate of its cities, be it Paris, or New York, or…. But, what are we saying when we say city? Are we merely referring to an organisation of spaces and areas? Or, rather, are we pointing towards a secret emotional mapping? To what extent is a city made up of words – said, listened, repeated, and not the type of places that fill the guidebooks?
Last Thursday we started the fourth season of the Reading Club of the museum. This year we have incorporated a new coordinator, the writer Borja Bagunyà, with whom we will dwell into a carefully chosen selection of readings based around the world of Picasso, the collection and exhibitions of the museum and the relationship of Picasso with Barcelona. As follows we present the impressions of Borja Bagunyà about this season’s first session:
For the final session of this year’s club, we counted on the presence of Eduard Vallès, curator of the exhibition “Yo Picasso. Self-portraits”. He was responsible for relating the obsession of the artist with his own image, an obsession that always accompanied him, with our reading, I’m not me, performance and the new spectators, by Estrella de Diego.
The session for the Textos españoles: 1894-1968 (Spanish Texts 1894-1968 ) by Pablo Picasso with Malén Gual, Curator of the museum, was a delight. It was a unique occasion in the Reading Club in which we had the pleasure of completing with images by the painter, some of his texts that demanded so, with such strength.
Testimony of the years in which Rabos de lagartija is situated (Lizard tails, the novel by Juan Marsé which was the focus of the latest session of our Reading Club) the professor and poet Lluís Izquierdo led us through the Barcelona of the Franco period like an authentic guide.
With Claustre Rafart, who has studied the history of this museum, the latest session of the club focused on one of the most surprising figures of Barcelona from the second half of the 20th century, the notary Raimon Noguera. Because the reading that brought us together this time was precisely, El notari Raimon Noguera i el llegat de Picasso, Miró i Pau Casals (The notary Raimon Noguera and the legacy of Picasso, Miró and Pau Casals), by Agustí Pons, the biography of this deluxe secondary player, discrete and efficient, that enabled the fact that the foundations of three universal Catalans would be inaugurated in Barcelona, that being pro-Franco, was adverse.
We are starting 2013 very much on the right foot and with good perspectives for the future of the museum. Nevertheless, we don’t want to forget everything we did in 2012, so you can find here a small selection of images of some of the projects we carried out in the museum last year:
In 2012 we started a new period in the hands of the director Bernardo Laniado-Romero, focusing especially on a revision of the Collection of the museum, as well as giving emphasis to education and accessibility from all the fields.
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The session about Contra el Guernica (Against Guernica) by Antonio Saura, was masterfully led by Antoni Marí, poet, essayist, and Professor of Aesthetics.
No plans for the holidays? If this Christmas you are in Barcelona we propose activities for all the family that you can do either if you come to the museum or if you stay at home:
· Visit the exhibition “Picasso ceramics. Jacqueline’s gift to Barcelona”: an exhibition organized on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the donation by Jacqueline Picasso of 41 ceramic pieces produced by the artist.