On 28, 29 and 30 May 2010, Cor Eixample, the Association of Retail Traders and Professionals of the Right Eixample district, and the Municipal Urban Landscape Institute of the Barcelona City Council are holding the sixth Modernista Festival of Barcelona.
Meeting: Sixth Modernista Festival of Barcelona
From 28.05.2010 to 30.05.2010
Carrer Girona entre carrer Aragó i Av. Diagonal
Organised by Cor Eixample and The Institute of Urban Landscape of Barcelona City Council
From 28.05.2010 to 05.09.2010
Museu Picasso, Barcelona
Organised by Museu Picasso de Barcelona and the Consorci del Patrimoni de Sitges (Cau Ferrat)
Picasso expert Pierre Daix has written that the Catalan artist Santiago Rusiñol exercised a crucial influence on the young Picasso. This exhibition aims to explore this claim in depth and establish the elements of influence and confluence between the two artists by way of a comparative reading, both biographical and iconographic.
Organized jointly by the Museu Picasso and Cau Ferrat in Sitges, Rusiñol-Picasso will put on show for the first time the strong links between the two artists on the basis of the thesis developed by its curator, Eduard Vallès, in his recent book Picasso i Rusiñol. La cruïlla de la modernitat (Consorci del Patrimoni de Sitges, Barcelona 2008).
The paths of the two artists crossed at a time when their respective careers were in transition: Picasso was emerging from the academic tutelage of his father and the art schools he had attended and Rusiñol, though a highly acclaimed artist, was no longer the paradigm of modernity he had once been.
When Picasso first arrived in Barcelona Rusiñol was one of the city's most renowned artists. It is worth noting that a number of the themes the young Picasso tackled had their origin in pioneering works by Rusiñol. Picasso even painted his own versions of some of Rusiñol's pictures, an indication the works that made of how closely he followed the older man's work.
The great attraction that Picasso was to feel for the work of El Greco throughout his life first manifested itself precisely at the time when Rusiñol was championing him.
Rusiñol was also one of the first collectors of Picasso's work and thus one of the first to perceive their value. A number of these Rusiñol Picassos are in Cau Ferrat in Sitges, the private museum founded by Rusiñol which Picasso visited on several occasions, both as a young man and in his mature years. In fact, during the 1960s Picasso made some little-known illustrations based on Rusiñol's most famous work, L'auca del Senyor Esteve; these are also part of this exhibition, and show that the connection between the two artists still endured long beyond Picasso's Barcelona years.
Meeting: The construction of Imperial Vienna
Organised by Associació per a l´estudi del moble
Course instructor: Imma Socias, Full Professor, Department of Geography and History, Art History section, University of Barcelona.
Meeting: Vienna, 1900: Apocalypse and modernity
Organised by Associació per a l´estudi del moble
Course instructor: Maria Lluïsa Faxedas, Professor of Art History, University of Girona.
Documentary: Art Nouveau and Society
From 24.04.2010 to 31.12.2010
Organised by coupDefouet
A documentary in 3D with period images, some of then never published before, that describes the society created by the Art Nouveau movement in Europe at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries.
Produced with the support of the EU's Culture Programme 2000 by the Réseau Art Nouveau Network, the international association of cities and institutions headed by Barcelona City Council, the film is projected simultaneously on to three screens, giving a spectacular effect of depth and perspective in three dimensions. It will be shown in the Carme pavilion during the Open Days at the Hospital de Sant Pau on 24-25 April.
From 26 April onwards, the single-screen version of Art Nouveau and Society can be seen in the projection room at the Information Point for the Barcelona Modernisme Route at the Hospital de Sant Pau.
Exhibition: Jewels from artists: from Art Nouveau through the early Avant-garde
From 26.10.2010 to 13.02.2011
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC), Barcelona
Organised by Museu Nacional d´Art de Catalunya (MNAC)
Exhibition: A career as an artist: Science and Charity in context
From 30.11.2010 to 20.02.2011
Organised by Picasso Museum
This small-format show, produced as part of the new arrangement of the museum´s collection, is an exploration of Science and Charity, painted by Picasso in 1897. The canvas is an emblematic work from the artist´s early years. The subject matter falls into the genre of Social Realism that was so prevalent in the more conservative artistic circles of the second half of the nineteenth century and follows the line of works shown at the main art exhibitions of the 1890s.