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Date: 30th of October 2013 - 00th of April 2014

Antoni Tąpies, Romanesque painting with barretina, 1971. Private collection / VEGAP

An intervention in the Romanesque art rooms where, through the words of the artist himself or his contemporaries and some works from his private collection, you can see that the art of this period was a great inspiration for Antoni Tąpies. What’s more, this exhibition coincides with the the exhibition ‘Tąpies. From Within’, closing on 3 November.

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Date: 12nd of December 2013 - 25th of May 2014

Organised by Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Curators: Jorge Ribalta and David Balsells

The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is presenting the first major exhibition devoted to the photographer Joan Colom, fruit of a laborious task of researching and cataloguing his extensive archive, which he himself donated to the museum.

Joan Colom (Barcelona, 1921) is one of the most important Spanish photographers of the second half of the 20th century, one of the great renovators of post-war photography and, quite unintentionally, the pioneer of photojournalism in our country.

We are proposing an immersion in Colom’s universe through more than 500 photographs spanning the whole of his career. Here you can see his best-known images, taken almost clandestinely in the 1960s in the red-light district of Barcelona’s Barrio Chino: black and white photographs of street life that have become icons.

You’ll also discover Colom’s less familiar side through the reportages he did from the 1990s, where he started to use colour and which are now on show to the public for the first time.

‘I work the street. With my photographs I try to be a kind of notary of an age.’ Joan Colom, 1999.

Activities centring on the exhibition


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Joan Colom, El carrer, cap a 1960
Donated by the author
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona
© Joan Colom

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