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The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya recovers with this exhibition the work of the Catalan painter and sculptor Antoni Fabrés (Gràcia, Barcelona, 1854 – Rome, 1938).
The exhibition gathers 147 paintings, sculptures and different documentary material that allows to discover a great
a portraitist and an artist who, beyond Orientalism, presents a critical view of society. Fabrés
he achieved in life a great international success that the inexorable passage of time, and with it the different historiographical generations, have been forgetting.
The research and restoration work that the National Museum has carried out for this exhibition has
allowed to discover interesting unpublished aspects and that we can enjoy his work in all its dimension.
Fabrés developed a large-scale pictorial work that he carried out in the different cities in the
who lived: in Rome, where he arrived in 1875, as a follower of Fortuny in terms of the Orientalist theme, then in his hometown, Barcelona, later in Paris and in Mexico City, where he was the teacher of many
From May 31 to September 29,
Organizes and produces: Museu Nacional d’Art de
Curator: Aitor Quiney, doctor in History of Art
With the sponsorship of
Antoni Fabrés. The crazy one, towards 1910. Donation of the artist, 1925.
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
of the Mexican painters who revolutionized national art in the twentieth century as Diego Rivera, Saturnino
Herrán or José Clemente Orozco. In 1907 he returned to Rome where he settled until 1838, the year he died.
In 1926 the artist himself made a large donation of his work to the Board of Museums of Catalonia, which is currently preserved in the National Museum, as well as in the former Casa del Comú, in Les Corts.
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Barcelona Beach Festival brings together once again the most acclaimed and sought-after artists and producers on the planet. There are many reasons that make this festival one of the indisputable leaders of the world dance scene.
Its location, the beach of Barcelona, joins the fact that it is the only festival able to gather in all its editions so many stars together in an exclusive way, never seen in this country, thus fulfilling the desire of the fans.
Love and culture, roses and books; the two great protagonists of the Diada
Couples walk happily by the hand. They look at each other, embrace and kiss each other. The women wear a beautiful red rose and the men look at a book that they have just given away. The squares of all the cities and towns of Catalonia are filled for a day with colorful stalls in the streets. You breathe love and culture. This is Sant Jordi, the tradition that marks the arrival of the most romantic day of the year for Catalans.
Once again, the streets will be impregnated with the smell of roses and books. Hundreds of curious people will come to the main avenues to enjoy one of the days with the most tourist and local attractions. Florists will sell bouquets without stopping and the book industry will reach its peak today in the most emotional day for writers. Sant Jordi is the patron saint of Catalonia since the 15th century and, according to the popular festival, men must give a rose to women and this is a book for their partner.
The dragon and the princess
Legend has it that once in the small town of Montblanc, in the Conca de Barberà, one day an evil dragon appeared that terrified the neighbors. These, to prevent their attacks from becoming a massacre, decided that they would draw a lot among the population and give the dragon one person each day.
Early the daughter of the king was chosen and, when she was going to be devoured by the monster, a brave knight named Sant Jordi interposed between them. The hidalgo fought the dragon and killed him. From his blood came a rose bush, from which Sant Jordi took the most beautiful flower and handed it to the princess. This day commemorates the death of the Saint, which took place in the year 303.
Hence the tradition that men give a rose to their partners or friends, companions and family.
Flowers for all tastes
A decade ago creativity took over some florists to put aside the sale of conventional red roses, although these are still the best sellers. Some merchants have opted for roses made of wood, plastic or paper, and for colors such as pink, yellow or blue. With glitter, personalized spikes, original ribbons or bathed with a variety of perfumes. You can find all kinds of customizations. In fact, it is a claim that offers the possibility of writing the name of the recipient on one of the petals.
In 2017, more than six million flowers were sold and it is expected that this year the figures will be repeated.
World day of the book
Although it has nothing to do with Santo, April 23 is also celebrated on Book Day,. It began to be celebrated on October 7, 1926 in commemoration of the day of the birth of Miguel de Cervantes, although later the party was moved to April 23, the day of his death.
In 1995, UNESCO instituted that same World Book and Copyright Day. On April 23, 1981, the poet Garcilaso de la Vega died and, although in different years, on the same day, references were also made to literature such as Shakespeare or Josep Pla.
On April 23 died, among other writers, Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes
Although the Diada is celebrated throughout Catalonia, it is more multitudinous and colorful in Barcelona, especially on the Rambla. The famous promenade that connects the Plaza de Cataluña with the Port is filled with book and flower stalls from early in the morning. Soon after, waves of people gather to walk.
For booksellers and publishers, Sant Jordi is the day of the year that more books are sold. But not only is it a long-awaited occasion for them. For readers it is a unique opportunity to be very close to their favorite writers, since many authors sign their works at street level.
Last year more than 300 writers participated in the book signing. They took place in about 80 bookstores and street stalls and a variety of artists showed up. Among those of this year, Fernando Aramburu, Eduardo Mendoza or Maria Dueñas are some of those who will appear in the celebration. Sarah Lark, Megan Maxwell or Ben Brook will intervene as internationals and, Carme Riera, Rafel Nadal or Xavier Bosch will not miss the appointment, among many others.
But not everything is limited to the stops of roses and books, there are many more activities that are worthwhile in the city. Among them, the opening cry, the doors open at city council.
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Norwegian opens the route from Barcelona to Chicago
Norwegian operates four weekly direct flights between Barcelona and Chicago this summer, its fifth transcontinental route to the United States from El Prat, according to the company. The route is organized on Friday, June 7 and operates four days a week, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, until October 26. Altogether, Norwegian will operate five routes between Barcelona and the United States: in addition to Chicago, the four already exist in New York / Newark, Los Angeles, San Francisco / Oakland and Miami / Fort Lauderdale.
Likewise, the Nordic airline reinforces its operational operation in the summer season with the increase of frequencies to New York and Los Angeles. In this way, the Barcelona-New York happens with six weekly frequencies to do it with daily flight and the route Barcelona – Los Angeles, on the other hand, happens to five weekly frequencies, and operates every day of the week except Thursdays. “With this boost of activity, Norwegian will offer 44 weekly flights between Barcelona and the United States this summer, ten more than in the previous summer,” says Matthew Wood, company executive.
For the Chicago operation and the increase in frequencies, an aircraft room is required at the Barcelona airport. Therefore, from the month of June, a fourth Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be incorporated into the radio base in Barcelona. Along with the five Boeing 738-8 with its base radio account, Norwegian will have a total of nine aircraft based on El Prat, a historic maximum.
In an environment of restructuring of the company, Norwegian, which will close three bases in Spain, bets on long-haul traffic at the Barcelona airport. Since the beginning of its long-haul flights in Barcelona, in June 2017, Norwegian has transported more than 590,000 passengers between Barcelona and the United States; Of these, 407,000 were transported in 2018, 173 percent more than in the previous year.
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Jaume Plensa will install a sculpture in the atrium of Montserrat
The sculptor Jaume Plensa will install next May a sculpture in the atrium of the basilica of Santa Maria de Montserrat and, at the same time, will inaugurate an exhibition in the Pere Pruna art space of the Montserrat Museum.
The director of the center, Father Josep de C. Laplana, explained to Efe that the sculpture, which represents the face of the daughter of a friend of his, will be placed when the pavement of the atrium is finished and will remain in that place six months. Subsequently, it will be decided if the work remains or changes its location.
The installation of this piece on the outside of the basilica will culminate the restoration of the atrium, where in recent months sculptured, sgraffito materials have been cleaned and the marble pavement has been repaired. Father Laplana has indicated: “Whether or not the work remains depends, first, on Jaume Plensa, and then on the community. It is a decision that should not be taken hastily. ”
The relationship between the Benedictine community and the sculptor arose as a result of the organization of some conferences, to which, finally, the artist could not attend because he was traveling, and then “there was talk that he could plant one of his sculptures for six months in Montserrat “. Regarding the exhibition, which can be visited until November, he said that he will have a selection of drawings and graphic work.
Born in Barcelona in 1955, Jaume Plensa is today one of the creators of monumental works more recognized in the world, although “before anything” is considered a sculptor. His references include literature, poetry, music or thought and his works have to do with the “physical and spiritual essence, conscience, moral codes or the relationship of being with nature.”
He exhibits regularly in galleries and museums in Europe, the United States and Asia, and a significant part of his work is exhibited in public spaces, with pieces permanently installed in cities in Spain, France, Japan, England, Korea, Germany, Canada, United States United or China.
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Tesla opens its first permanent store in Spain in Barcelona
The automotive firm Tesla opens its first street store in Spain. The company of 100% electric premium vehicles has chosen a location at 257 Roselló street in Barcelona, between the confluences of Paseo de Gracia and Rambla Catalunya to open a store where they will present their models Tesla Model S and Model X. ” Barcelona’s new store, is located in the center of the city and in a place of great visibility, showing how life is like with a Tesla to the inhabitants of the city and visitors.The store shows the Model S -the first premium sedan 100 % electric with up to 632 kilometers of autonomy in a single load – and the Model X – the safest, fastest and most capable SUV in history – while highly qualified Tesla team staff offers interested customers information, demonstrations and tests of driving of electric vehicles “, they explain from the North American company. The inauguration in Barcelona takes place just one month before the premiere of Tesla in Madrid. The brand’s first store in the capital will be located at number 3 in Serrano, a few meters from the Puerta de Alcalá. The chosen venue has 275 square meters and for years it housed a store of the Divatto sofa chain. His last tenant was the whiskey brand Haig, which opened an ephemeral store (pop up) until 2016.With the stores of Roselló and Serrano, the American brand would have three permanent points of sale, since last September it inaugurated in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat a technical service center for vehicle repair, where you can also buy the Model S and X.
The next technical center will open in Madrid to supply customers and users in the downtown area. Tesla sells its vehicles directly, with its own staff and without intermediaries (dealers) as general brands do. The opening of its first stores on the street takes place months after its first commercial experience in Spain, which began with an ephemeral store in the port of Barcelona. Also, the brand created by Elon Musk closed an agreement with El Corte Inglés to sell its exclusive cars in some of the group’s department stores. The first Tesla space in an English Court opened in June in its center in Puerto Banús, which remained open during the summer. At the end of August, this alliance was extended to several centers in Madrid (now has a temporary space in the center commercial of Pozuelo de Alarcón) and to Portugal. Specifically, on September 1 Tesla opened a so-called ephemeral store in El Corte Inglés in Lisbon, which will be operational for six months. Superchargers On the other hand Tesla continues to expand its network of superchargers in Spain (superchargers). The last opening, the number 17, has been in Manzanares (Ciudad Real) that serves to connect Madrid and its surroundings with southern Spain. With this opening the firm has more than 100 fast recharge points. In addition, Tesla also has in the Iberian Peninsula with more than 200 cargo points in destination (hotels and restaurants mainly), 170 in Spain and 31 in Portugal.