Tribute to Fr. Laplana for his 40 years as Museum's director
Fr. Josep de Calassanç Laplana received a warm tribute on Friday, October 5 to celebrate his 40th anniversary as director of the Montserrat Museum. The ceremony, presided by the Abbot Josep M. Soler, took place in the church of Santa Cecilia de Montserrat and fifty guests attended. The majority of the attendees were the members of the Advisory Council of the Montserrat Museum, which promoted the tribute to Fr. Laplana along with the MDM team. Other friends and artists closely linked to him also attended, such as Sean Scully, creator of the art space of Santa Cecilia, who travelled from Ireland. During the ceremony there was also an emotional memory for the art historian Joaquim Garriga, member of the MDM Advisory Council, who passed away last summer.
The celebration began with the screening of a video with a photographic synthesis of his 40 years as director of the Museum. Afterwards, spoke three good friends of Fr. Laplana, historical members of the MDM Advisory Council and great specialists in Catalan art: José Corredor-Matheos, Francesc Fontbona and Daniel Giralt-Miracle. The three highlighted the openness of vision and the capacity of work of Fr. Laplana to turn the Montserrat Museum into one of the great museums in Catalonia.
The homage gift was a single edition large format book with 145 pages, with texts, poems and drawings by more than forty personalities dedicated to the honoree, plus a photo album. The cover of this volume is a watercolour by Sean Scully. The artist himself handed the original work personally to Fr. Laplana.
As is tradition in the meetings organized regularly with the Advisory Council, the party continued with a chocolate and a lively conversation among all attendees.
Josep de C. Laplana (Binéfar, 1943), graduated in History of Art from the University of Barcelona, is a Benedictine monk in Montserrat since 1975. On October 1, 1978, he was appointed director of the Montserrat Museum. He has been professor of Christian Archaeology and History of the Ancient and Medieval Church in the School of Theological and Philosophical Studies of the Abbey of Montserrat. He is the author of several art history books and a multitude of articles in dictionaries and magazines. Recognized specialist in the painting of Santiago Rusiñol. He is the promoter of the Sean Scully Art Space in the renovated church of Santa Cecilia de Montserrat, inaugurated in 2015, and founder of the Sean Scully Art and Spirituality Institute. He is a corresponding member of the Academy of Fine Arts of Sant Jordi and of Santa Isabel of Hungary of Seville.