The new show in Barcelona from Circ Raluy Legacy is #THEMAGICFORMULA, which combines fun, excitement and intrigue, and fuses the essence of 1930s circus with the most current avant-garde. You'll find magic, thrills and amazing abilities, with tricks and illusions, tightrope walkers and contortionists. The name of the show is a tribute to the family patriarch, Luis Raluy, who, in addition to being an entertaining old-school clown, is a renowned mathematician who has come up with revelatory formulas and mathematical theories.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, CosmoCaixa, along with Tintin, have prepared a very special exhibition: 'Tintin and the Moon, 50 years since the first manned mission'. You'll find original illustrations from the Hergé Museum in Brussels, as well as a reproduction of Tintin's famous red rocket. And that won't be the only rocket on display. The exhibition also features an official reproduction of the Apollo 11 spacecraft validated by NASA itself. What's more, you can find out what it's like to walk in zero gravity, see how much you weigh on the Moon, and take part in other simulations.
We are before an extraordinary set of works by Antoni Tàpies from the period 1946-1977; that is, the beginning of his painting career through to the restoration of the Catalan government. But if you're visiting the exhibition and you don't know anything about the moral and material grayness of the early postwar years, the isolation of a fascist dictatorship that had no qualms about shotting dissidents, or the debate among the intellectuals of the left, about the convenience of socialist realism, the efforts to articulate a civic resistance within the country, then you might not be able to get anything at all out of it. It also doesn't help that there are no explanations in the exhibition room, as they wanted the works to speak for themselves. Some 70 impressive works – like the three cyclopean canvases that showed at the Kassel 'Documenta III' in 1964, regrouped for the first time since then – that set off a rereading of the artist's corpus in the light of the 21st century, and re-create a civic awareness: Tàpies is a creator who, in 1958, achieved international success. Must he, then, become a type of role model and contribute to the materialisation of a more just and democratic society? In the exhibition there are classics worthy of any Tàpies anthology, such as the inks in the 'Natural History Series' (1950-1951), 'Metal door and violin' (1956), and the figurative and not very pleasing 'Nu' (1966). There are also works alluding to concrete events: 'November 7' (1971), the
The Associació de Pessebristes de Barcelona (Association of Nativity Scene Makers) sets up a second nativity scene in the city in addition to the one they do every year in Plaça Sant Jaume. You can visit this more traditional crib until Candlemas (Feb 2) on the patio of the Frederic Marés museum.
So we've had a few weeks to recover after the holiday season and now it's time for Barcelona's Festa Major neighbourhood party season to start. This pretty much goes on all year, so if you miss the first, there will be others, never fear. From Friday, January 11 to Sunday, January 20, the first Barcelona 'barri' to celebrate is Sant Antoni. The main festivities, in all their splendor, kick off on Saturday the 12th with the most traditional activities. At 11.30am, the parade marks the start of the Festa Major, and features devils and the 'Porca', drummers, big heads and giants; and at 1pm the proclamation is by the Sant Antoni Association of Neighbours. Dogs, cats, ferrets, fish, canaries... As Sant Antoni Abat is the protector of animals, you can bring your pets to be blessed in front of the Escola Pia de Sant Antoni school on Thursday 17 and Saturday 19 at 11am. And don't miss the big attraction of the Festa, the Tres Tombs cavalcade (Sat 19, 10.30am). More than a dozen carriages parade through the main streets of the neighbourhood, starting at C/Calabria with Paral·lel, and ending at Plaça de Sant Jaume. Also on the 19th, in C/Urgell between Floridablanca and Tamarit, you'll find a new edition of the craft beer fair, where you can taste local artisan beers in a festive atmosphere. As tradition dictates, the party finishes up with fire – not with fireworks but with the sparks and firecrackers of the 'correfoc' ('fire run'). It leaves the Jardinets de Alguer on Sunday the
American photographer Lee Miller (1907-1977) is the pivotal figure in this exhibition at the Fundació Miró that covers the 1930s through to the early 1950s in nine chapters that offer a wide selection of works and artists, providing an important insight into the impact of the Surrealist movement in the United Kingdom and its international outreach. The exhibition includes paintings, sculptures and photographs by Joan Miró, Man Ray, Paul Nash, Salvador Dalí, Eileen Agar, Max Ernst, Henry Moore, Leonora Carrington, Yves Tanguy, Roland Penrose and Lee Miller, among others.
Charlotte Salomon's life was short but intense, marked by love, death and a family history of suffering. Art was a refuge where she could overcome the past and come to terms with a present that saw her being deported to Auschwitz, where she would die in 1943. The Monastir de Pedralbes, continuing its commitment to resarch and disseminating information on silenced women, gives a voice to this Jewish artist and the time she lived in, with some of the 782 gouaches that make up her 'Life? Or theatre?'
Gothsland celebrates its 40th anniversary with an exhibition dedicated to Ramon Casas, one of the big names in Catalan modernist art of all time. The gallery first opened its doors in 1978, and a year later hosted the exhibtion that would serve as the embryo of the collection of the Barcelona Moderisme Museum. For the gallery's 25th anniversary, monographic exhibitions were dedicated to Joaquim Mir, Joan Miró and Ramon Casas, who is now the focus once again. You can admire some 30 of the artist's works, including posters, drawings, oil paintings and a unique collection of tiles, plus Casas's 1902 Renault.
In the late 19th century, Montmartre went from being a marginal and impoverished area of Paris to becoming the place where artists, writers and bohemians lived, created and performed. You might say it all started in 1881 with 'Le Chat Noir', the cabaret that Rodolphe Salis founded. The shows they put on and the group Les Arts Incohérents, who poked fun at bourgeois pomposity and hypocrisy, attracted the avant-garde to the neighbourhood of steep, narrow streets. 'Toulouse-Lautrec and the Spirit of Montmartre' takes the figure of the artist of the night as a starting point to approach modern French art of the late 1800s. That's when drawing ceased to be a simple preparatory step and became a form of art in its own right, and when there were plenty of ephemeral productions on paper to be found, such as posters, illustrations in books and magazines, sheet music designs, and more. Decked out in velvety curtains, wooden portals, teardrop lamps, cobblestones projected on the floor and red walls, the CaixaForum rooms transport you to 130 years in the past, where you're surrounded by dancers, smoke and absinthe glasses. You're immersed in the ambience, complete with cancan music and 'Le Chat Noir' by Aristide Bruant. Featuring more than 300 works by a score of artists, the exhibition aims to contextualise Lautrec's hectic life and intense career. Some of his most emblematic drawings – 'Divan Japonais', 'Troupe de Mademoiselle Eglantine' and 'Moulin Rouge: La Goulue' – are exhibited
In this new collaboration between the CaixaForum and the Museo del Prado in Madrid, the spotlight is on Diego Velázquez as one of the top Spanish painters. You can behold works like 'Felipe IV', 'Juan Martínez Montañés', 'Aesop', 'Bufón con libros', 'Equestrian Portrait of Prince Balthasar Charles', 'Mars' and 'Adoration of the Magi', as well as works by other exceptional contemporaries, from Ribera to Zurbarán, and Tiziano to Rubens.