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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.
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.
If you are visiting Barcelona and find yourself on the popular Las Ramblas, why don’t you venture off the busy promenade and check out exhibition A Cop d’Ull at La Virreina just by La Boqueria market. Much has been documented about the power of the image, the way it changes in it’s surroundings, how it is interpreted by people from different backgrounds, ages etc and how we translate visual discourse in general. This exhibition offers beautiful glimpses of Barcelona as far as the 1950s via a variety of visual means.
The Mitte Gallery is known for being a place creative types, where you can grab a coffee, have a meeting or simply unwind. This wednesday it hosts new group exhibition “Make a Wish”, which invites young artists to face their burdens and experiences of the past year and reflect upon them, subsequently making wishes for the year to come. As we are officially in December now seems to be the perfect time for self-reflect as the new year looms.
Film and Cook is a film festival that marries gastronomy and art cinema, and will be taking place in Barcelona. The program includes screenings of food-related documentaries, feature films and shorts combined with displays by important figures from the culinary world. If you think this is just an excuse to watch some short on food, you’re wrong. In fact the festival encourages people to participate and this is done with a series of workshops, talks, discussions and more.
November screams out one thing for us and that is World Press Photo. If you visited last year you would have seen the ever-changing and dark times of society through evocative photojournalism and this year visitors can expect to be confronted with images that portray the current reality of the planet, from an emotional standpoint. The slogan that features in the campaign for the exhibition is “Face Reality”, couldn’t be more fitting.
If you aren’t scared of the dark and wouldn’t mind delving into some history, visit the cemetery of Poblenou on the 30th October for a historical walk through the first cemetery in the city and learn about the history of Barcelona from 1775 until the conclusion of the Exposition of the 1888 and the last years of the nineteenth century. Yes, it gets that deep!
Today, the discovery of Egyptian pharoah Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1922 continues to captivate many. Exhibition, Tutankhamun – history of a discovery at the Egyptian Museum of Barcelona takes us back to the actual discovery of Tutankhamun and the working methods that followed the find. In addition to this are references to the professionals involved such as Howard Carter and George Herbert, and 5th Earl of Carnarvon and the huge impact the whole event had on the media industry itself.