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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
The Sant Joan festival otherwise known as the “Nit de Sant Joan” refers to St John’s Night or St. John’s Eve. It marks the midsummers eve that takes place the evening of the 23rd June. Midsummer solstice is a tradition from ancient times. The summer solstice was considered the most important event of the solar year in ancient times. Fire was celebrated on this day as the symbol of abundance, purity and fertility and up until now, it continues to be a central part of the festivities with fireworks and bonfires. Sant Joan is one of the most exciting, loudest and craziest events of the year and fireworks will be heard non-stop so brace yourselves. Other traditions include cocas, cava, water and fiesta, read below to find out why.
Mitte Barcelona inaugurates “Faces, Anatomy of Autonomy“ on Wednesday May 7, a collection of works by various artists exploring the stories behind the images and illusions in our perceptions and sense of self, led by British artist Lee Goater. The project started in 2011 and is a personal project of Goater’s, with him collaborating with Responsible Street for Sharing. Photographer Matteo Asroldi, design studio Hey Studio, the Atelier school, and Laboratory Slidemedia each present their work in different areas of Mitte. At the inauguration tomorrow, Slidemedia Lab will present their videosculpture mapping ” Pi ” based on the same irrationality of this number. On until May 30th.
Ever wondered about the responses of contemporary artists to the life and work of Pablo Picasso himself? What they really think and feel about the works of Picasso? If so, this exhibition is for you, as it examine s these very responses, some of which are somewhat controversial. Curated by the acclaimed Dr Michael FitzGerald, the way in which Picasso is an influential figure and omitting contributor to contemporary art is explored, in addition to reinterpretations of the meanings of his key works are explored with 58 exhibits showcased.
This Saturday BCN Mes inaugurates Eat Street, a festival of international street food for tasty and quality street eats in Barcelona. Expect gastronomical wonders from several local and foreign chefs who will be offering a variety of food from different countries.
Metamorphosis is an exhibition that showcases the works of four key figures in the field of animated films: Ladislas Starewitch (1882-1965), Jan Švankmajer (1934), and the Quay Brothers (1947). Between them they boast filmographies that unlock eccentricities, surrealism, innocence and manage to blend the magical with madness and evil. Their work not only reflects a trouble existence but awkwardness and what some would argue to be ugly in a contradictory world.
Exhibition ‘La estética del dolor’ opens today at La Tache Gallery, gathering works from Berlin-based artist Vermibus. Diverse materials and advertising posters are intermixed – taken from his most recent project Dissolving Europe, to create a different perspective on society as it is today and highlighting the manipulation of advertising.
Sorry to remind you all, but Valentine’s day is this week Friday. We know, we know – red roses and boxes of chocolate overhaul but if you fancy doing something different, check out LACONTRA Centre de Creació i Difusió d’Art opens its new exhibition ‘Gross Raw Love’ (Amor Bruto).
Tomorrow sees the opening of new exhibition ”A master of American Hyperrealism: Don Eddy” at the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM). Don Eddy is an American painter that is famous for his photorealist work, he is considered to be a maestro of hyperrealism itself among his peers. His earlier work in the 1960s was very much a part of a new concept where artists focussed more on immersing themselves and capturing the surrounding of their objects. He juxtaposes images that work in poetic relationship to one another, which Eddy refers to as connections of structure “echoing ecosystems” which anchor and join the panels together.
Joan Colom (Barcelona, 1921) is one of the most important Spanish photographers of the second half of the 20th century and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) in Montjuïc is currently presenting exhibition”Yo hago la calle. Joan Colom, fotografías 1957-2010″, which is completely dedicated to his works. Colom is renown for his contribution to post-war photography, being at the forefront of the so-called New Avant-Garde of the 1950s and 60s.
For those visiting Barcelona for the first time, you may not know that in Spain the tradition of the ‘Three Kings’ is in some cases more important than Christmas Day itself. Particularly for the children who have been patiently waiting throughout the Christmas period for the ‘Three Kings’ to arrive and bear gifts. On the evening of 5 January the streets are busy with parades throughout Barcelona, with overly excited children and tired parents waiting for the kings to hand out sweets and greet everyone.