press release

Throughout the twentieth century, Cadaqués attracted avant-garde artists and other intellectuals who spent their summers there. Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Richard Hamilton and Dieter Roth, among others, spent long periods of time in the Costa Brava town.

Lanfranco Bombelli, an artist and architect of Italian origin, opened the Galería Cadaqués in 1973 and in this context of the avant-garde. In the seventies and eighties the gallery was of great importance in Catalonia as an initiator, producer and promoter of the art of the time, and initiated not only temporary exhibitions, such as the collaborative works executed by Richard Hamilton and Dieter Roth in Cadaqués in 1976 and 1977, but also in situ works related to Cadaqués, such as the project Cadaqués, Canal Local (1974) by Muntadas and the action Flauta i trampolí (1981) by Antoni Miralda.

Through key works of its founder’s collection, the exhibition summarises and reviews those years of activity and analyses the importance of the gallery in the context of Cadaqués as a peripheral nucleus of the twentieth-century avant-gardes.

The exhibition, that forms part of the MACBA Collection, stresses the relations between this collection and the programme of the Galería Cadaqués, which, among its heterogeneous activities, deployed four artistic lines: constructivism (especially Swiss concrete art), pop art, the avant-gardes of the sixties and seventies, and local artists, represented by Catalan abstract painting and the new tendencies in Catalonia of the seventies and eighties.

The exhibition allows us to inventory and critically revise those years of activity through two peripheries: Southern Europe and a physically small urban nucleus. Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Richard Hamilton, Dieter Roth, Muntadas, Albert Ràfols Casamada, Max Bill, and Equipo Crònica, among others, are included in the exhibition.

Curator: Roland Groenenboom Production: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)