La Boqueria, one of the ‘7 Magnificent’ markets of the world
The market de la Boqueria has joined the initiative ‘7 Magnificent’ – Magnificient 7 (M7) -, an international alliance promoted by the Borough Market in London with some of the most prominent markets in the world.
The alliance provides that the leaders of the markets involved can exchange experiences and knowledge in areas such as the promotion of quality, sustainability and a focus on food and its production from an environmental point of view.
The M7 consists of the same Borough Market in London, the Markethalle Neun in Berlin, the Central Market Hall in Budapest, the Sydney Fish Market in Sydney, the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne and the Pike Place Market in Seattle.
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Barcelona will host the world’s leading audiovisual fair since 2020
The difficulties to renew the board of directors of the Fira de Barcelona have not affected the daily management of this important economic institution of the Catalan capital. After many months of intense and very discreet negotiation, the team led by the general director of the Fira, Constantí Serrallonga, has agreed with the organizing company of the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) fair so that, starting in the year 2020, it will be held in Barcelona.
The ISE will therefore leave its traditional headquarters, Amsterdam, where almost all previous editions have been held. It is a world leading business meeting in the audiovisual sector (AV) and integrated systems. The last edition, held last February, was attended by more than 80,000 professional visitors from all over the world.
Its duration is the same as Mobile, from Monday to Thursday and also stands out for its high professional and global component. Precisely, one of the concerns of the managers of the Fira has been to ensure a high level of fair activity for successive years to ensure the economic soundness of the project.
The current contract with Mobile expires in 2023, so both megabytes will coincide in several years in the same city. The ISE is held in Amsterdam in the month of February, so in Barcelona you must change the date to not coincide with the Mobile. The new agreement, in any case, consolidates Barcelona as a leading city in this field, regardless of what happens at the end of the current contract with the Mobile organization led by John Hoffman as GSMA’s top executive.
The megasalón started in Geneva and has been held in Amsterdam during the last years
The organization of the ISE is in the hands of an association with the same name between the two main world business organizations of the audiovisual industry, Avixa and Cedia. The director of the fair is Mike Blackman. The event was born in 2004, with a first edition in Geneva, with 120 exhibitors and 3,500 visitors. This year, the first ones were 1,200 and the second ones, 80,000.
The direct economic impact of a hall of these characteristics is of a level quite close to that of Mobile, which is estimated to amount to about 470 million euros per year and about 13,000 temporary jobs.
But, in addition, there is the effect of adding value to the rest of the economy, encouraging the development of new activities and companies, in a sector that on the other hand is hardly present in Catalonia. It is a dynamic similar to that of Mobile, which generated new companies in the field of communications and has ended up being a subsector with great job creation in the Catalan economy.
The ISE organizes its salons into seven major subproduct categories: projection systems, manual remote controls, wiring, conference infrastructure, digital signage, audio systems and content management. In addition, each edition addresses specific topics. In this year we have included residential solutions, building automation, digital signage, audio and video for live shows, audiovisual for education and training, technology for work and augmented reality, virtual and mixed.
In addition to the four strict days of the fair, in previous days, the hall organizes conferences, training and formation programs, demos.
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The MNAC claims the artistic role of Gala beyond Dalí’s muse
The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) places the focus on the character of Gala, Salvador Dalí’s partner, as the “key” character of the avant-garde of the 20th century, and gives her an artistic role beyond her muse facet of artists in the first major international exhibition dedicated to his figure.
It has been explained by the curator of the show Gala Salvador Dalí. An own room in Púbol, Estrella de Diego, together with the director of the MNAC, Pepe Serra, and the director of the Dalí Museums, Montse Aguer, in the presentation on Thursday of the tour of the different facets of the creator.
Just as with Dalí, Gala was part of a “collaborative project” that led the artist to sign with a ‘Gala Salvador Dalí’, the sample arises from an institutional alliance that wants to demonstrate the thesis that both characters were mutually constructed and gave birth to a third artistic character.
The exhibition, which brings together 315 paintings, drawings, photographs and documents related to Gala, part of Púbol as a “great surrealist object”, which Gala used as the room that Virginia Woolf claimed.
The exhibition discovers a very cultured Gala with many facets in which the route is divided and between which the curator has cited the surrealist, the dandy, the creator and the writer, as well as the muse as she builds her own path as an artist : write, make surreal objects and decide how you want to represent yourself.
Bad and manipulative?
“If Gala was so bad, so manipulative and she was so interested in money, why in 1929 did she leave the famous Paul Éluard, poet spoiled with surrealism, to go with an unknown Salvador Dalí?” Asks the curator and biographer. gala.
Knowing that many things have been said about Gala – Helena Dmitrievna Diakonova (Kazan, 1894-Portlligat, 1982) – the curator has said that this is “much more bad than it was said because it is more complex than it is Believe. ”
The exhibition reveals the changes in the image of Gala through its different ‘performances’, reflected by Dalí’s brushes, and allows to follow the evolution of the painter thanks to an important set of oil paintings and drawings: “To review Gala is to review Dalí, and this was a performer. ”
In addition, Dalí’s oil paintings and drawings on Gala can also be seen in the exhibition works of other artists who gravitated in the surrealist universe, especially around Gala, such as Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Cecil Beaton and Brassaï, among others .
Max Ernst and Man Ray
The exhibition tries to shed light on who Gala really was, and to understand who was this woman who does not go unnoticed, who awoke the hatred of André Breton and Luis Buñuel, the unconditional love of Éluard and Dalí and the passion of Max Ernst, in addition to be a model for Man Ray.
The task of the curator has been to “fill gaps” in the history that had not been addressed until now, and notes a facet of outstanding literary creation that can be seen with letters -especially to Éluard- and manuscripts -such as diaries- present in the exhibition, as well as surrealist objects and ‘performances’.
For the curator of the exhibition -defrayed by Abertis in collaboration with the Damm Foundation-, Gala “is the key character missing from the surrealist board” and the exhibition tries to give this character the role that corresponds to it.
The exhibition also brings together a collection of Russian Gala books, and brings together a collection of dresses and objects, which have had to be restored to be displayed. Claims the facet of ‘dandy’ of Gala: “The dandys were always men, because they were the ones who looked, and here it happens the other way around, because it is Gala that looks”.
They place a solid cross of 18 tons in the Sagrada Família
The Sardenya street in Barcelona has been cut to traffic Monday morning between Provença and Mallorca due to the installation of a large solid stone cross of 18 tons in the Sagrada Família.
This is the Creu Gloriosa, an installation of 7.5 meters high and 4.25 wide that has been placed on the façade of La Passió, whose installation was scheduled between 7:00 am and 9:00 am, although it has finished half an hour ahead of schedule, the basilica has informed Europa Press.
The installation works, which the Sagrada Família has considered “a real challenge” due to the size and shape of the cross, have been made with a self-propelled crane.