group ( Research group of the History of Contemporary Art and Design) of the University of Barcelona. Its inauguration coincides with the start of the
(Second International Conference of Classic Acitivity) which takes place in Barcelona on the 30th and 31st of May 2013.
Pau Montańa, Male Nude. Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya The Image of the Hero in Catalan Sculpture (1800 1850)
is a dialogue of sculptures created during the first half of the 19th century
, which share the same thematic paradigm, that of the representation of the Hero, and drawings or academias by up-and-coming artists
who, precisely because of their drawings of models, have achieved international acclaim. The drawings realised for the exhibition are based on the sculptures that form the route of the overall display/ exhibition, interpreted and elaborated freely, with surprising and suggestive results.
The artists work pays tribute to the sculptures which, generations before them, made that drawings of models became one of the fundamental bases of their work.
The display can be seen in a simultaneously in various museums and institutions in Catalonia: in the Museu Nacional dArt de Catalunya
, the emphasis is placed on the work of Damią Campany, an artist who is also the centre of the work displayed in the Biblioteca Museo Vķctor Balaguer
in Vilanova I la Geltrś. In the Museu de la Reial Acadčmia Catalana de Bellas Arts de Sant Jordi
, the majority of the sculpture produced in the Escuela de Belles Artes during this time is conserved. In the Museu Frederic Marčs
of Barcelona, the selected to form part of the exhibition bring us a magnificent selection of anatomic fragments in gesso, belonging to the former academic collection.