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"La rosa di fuoco" is the grand exhibition of the upcoming Spring/Summer season in Ferrara

19th of April and the 19th of July, 2015

 

The exhibition at the Palazzo dei Diamanti is devoted to the cultural movement of Barcelona in the early 1900’s at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. “La rosa di fuoco. La Barcellona di Picasso e Gaudì (The Rose of Fire. Picasso and Gaudi’s Barcelona)”, will take place between the 19th of April and the 19th of July, 2015.

La rosa di fuoco (“The rose of fire”), or rather the code name for Barcelona at the start of the Twentieth Century, is a name that evokes the turmoil that ignited the political, social and cultural scene at the turn of the century in the Catalan capital.

In those years in Barcelona night turned into day and the coffee shops and meeting places along the Ramblas and in the Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter) buzzed with people and gatherings. Yet the cultural and economic growth of the Catalan capital was marked by growing social tension until, in July 1909, it erupted into a series of violent protests and bloody repression, in what is known as ‘Tragic Week’, marking the end of this unique period.

The great exhibition of the Palazzo dei Diamanti, La rosa di fuoco, opens the 2015-2016 exhibition season and recounts these prolific and uneasy years and the colourful, fiery array of talents which gave them life.

La rosa di fuoco, or the artistic life of Barcelona between 1888 and 1909, presents an exhibition that brings artists to Italy viewed from a fresh perspective. Such as in the case of the young Picasso who won over the Catalan and Parisian art scenes in just a few short years with the striking features of his precocious talent. Artists unknown to most, yet who produced work of the same high quality, are displayed next to famous names. Ramon Casas, Santiago Rusiñol or Isidre Nonell spring to mind, artists who returned to their home countries instead of becoming stars of the Parisian scene.

It is an exhibition that offers stunning paintings but also gracefully invites the visitor to pause over other arts. The architecture of Gaudi, of course, but also graphic art, furnishings, jewellery and sculptures.

 

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