Pere Daura Room
Curator: Albert Mercadé
Through a site-specific installation, painter Jordi Fulla presents an unprecedented and divergent look at the aesthetic and cultural points of tension between East and West. Oriental art and thought are one of the painter’s primary sources of inspiration since he first visited Japan in 2005. Ten years later, Fulla revisits the Japanese island to start a new artistic moment, imbibed in the values that always captivated him: the acquiescence of the landscape, the transcendent essentiality of its culture, the telluric mystery of its islands and mountains, etc. An imaginary that the artist contrasts with his own habits of Western painter: the need for intellectualization of images, rational exploration of the world, the critical questioning of the gaze and the romantic mystery of the landscape. Sixteen months of arduous pictorial reflection, in close dialogue with the curator of the exhibition, Albert Mercadé, with whom he will share thoughts, literary, pictorial, philosophical references to the creation of a final plastic scenario, which is both genesis, synthesis and outcome of a new holistic and transcendent view of the world.
Jordi Fulla was born in Igualada (Barcelona) in 1967. He has a long history of exhibitions in Spain and in galleries and foreign institutions: in Tokyo and Fukuoka (Japan); Berlin, Cologne and Frankfurt (Germany); Chicago, Baltimore and Miami (USA); Paris and Montrouge (France); Liverpool (England); Amsterdam (The Netherlands); Turin and Milan (Italy); Lisbon (Portugal). He has been awarded in several competitions and his work is part of prestigious collections.
Pere Pruna Art Space
Curator: Javier Hontoria
Guillermo Pfaff was born in Barcelona in 1976. In 1999 he finished his art studies and exhibited for the first time in a commercial art gallery. At first he works for different media but painting soon becomes his most recurrent language. This will entail a little bit of self-criticism. The artist conceptualizes the pictorial process in search of an approach to his circumstances. Today he regularly exhibits his work in galleries and art centers around the world.
Deeply involved in the reflection on the medium itself, Guillermo Pfaff investigates with his painting questions related to the pictorial object, its narrative capacity, its social use or its learning processes, among others. These continuous checks put him in a position that oscillates permanently between the claim and the questioning of the pictorial language itself.
September 29, 2017 - March 2018
Pere Daura Room
Curator: Daniel Giralt-Miracle
Niebla in Montserrat (provisional title) will be an anthological exhibition in which the main chapters of the artistic production of Josep Niebla will be shown, emphasizing the series that for their interest are especially attractive, such as those dedicated to architecture or which he calls “the plastic-political alphabet” and also his manipulated diaries, the seas and Africa.
Born in Morocco in 1945, Josep Niebla has lived in Catalonia since 1962. He studied Fine Arts in Tetuan (Morocco), Seville, Barcelona and Paris. Throughout his career he has presented his work in Europe, Asia, Africa and America, in almost 200 exhibitions. And his work forms part of diverse collections of art and private museums.
Josep Borrell Nicolau
October 2017 - February 2018
Pere Pruna Art Space
Curator: Bernat Puigdollers
Sculptor Joan Borrell Nicolau (Barcelona, 1888-1951) is one of the relevant sculptors of the first half of the twentieth century. Formed in Llotja and in the workshop of the brothers Vallmitjana and Enric Clarasó, he cultivated a sculpture based on noucentisme movement. Inspired by classical Greece and Renaissance sculpture, he immediately had a good acceptance by the public and criticism. He carried out several public commissions that are located in Mallorca and throughout the Catalan territory, including the monument to Jacint Verdaguer at Barcelona’s Diagonal Avenue. Through the representation of the female figure, the central theme of most of his sculptural production, he created an unmistakable and characteristic ideal canon of strong and robust women. But he certainly excelled especially as a portraitist with works of great vigor and fidelity, coveted until the postwar years.
Through these great thematic axes –women, portraiture and public sculpture– this exhibition aims to explain and deepen the early years of Borrell’s artistic career, from its beginnings to the outbreak of the Civil War. Throughout the last years the work of Borrell Nicolau has been recovered and studied with depth. With this exhibition we want to contribute to putting in value and disseminating the work of one of the most unique sculptors and, still today, little divulged, in our art history.