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For music fans, June in Barcelona has special meaning. It's the month when, for the past 24 years, the Sónar festival has filled the city with rhythm, creativity and technology. A unique energy swirls around Sónar weekend thanks to its mix of cutting-edge performers, big-name pop acts, and both experimental and star DJs combined with digital culture and enthusiastic crowds.
The festival is more than a weekend. Cultural activities of the highest order will take place throughout the city for the entire week of Sónar. Between Monday 11 and Sunday June 17, Barcelona will become an unparalleled stage for international contemporary culture. A wide range of activities and artistic formats will take place throughout city’s different cultural spaces, for an authentic Sónar Week, in all its forms as festival, congress and exhibitions.
Sónar encompasses a variety of spaces including an R&D area at the daytime venue, (Fira Montjuïc) and also Fira Gran Via L'Hospitalet. It's also enticing for music professionals, thanks to Sónar+D, an international conference that attracts experts from around the world. Sónar is more than three days to let loose, experience the meeting of creative minds, and celebrate the incredible results.
"The fact that it's been going for 25 years means that it must be good. Avant-garde music, creativity and technology brought to you by established artists and experts and emerging talent at a unique festival."
Hundreds of years after the Ancient Greek period ended, we're still as fascinated as ever with the extraordinary exploits, developments and legends of that time. The literature, sport and theatre, not to mention the political systems and philosophy, continue to resonate today along with many other of its facets. The British Museum in London is renowned as a holder of myriad artefacts dating from the 1,500 years or so that the Ancient Greek period lasted, and Barcelona's CaixaForum cultural organisation has reached an agreement with the museum for the display of a selection of those artefacts both here and at some of its other sites around Spain. Specifically, the exhibition will explore the world of Ancient Greece through the subjects of competition and rivalry. It will cover themes such as the polis (‘city states'), war and the origins of the Olympic Games via pieces such as those from the Mausoleum of Halikarnassos, which are shown outside London for the first time.
Through objects that form part of the collection of the Barcelona Egyptian Museum, we can learn about many aspects of the relationship established by the ancient Egyptians with species of the animal world of their immediate environment. Apart from their use as an economic resource, pet or hunting prey, animals are present in a number of cultural expressions of Pharaonic Egypt. However, animals took on the central role in the religious field, more than in any other ancient civilization. For various reasons, the majority of species known by the Egyptians, were associated with a specific divinity. Mammals, insects, birds, fish or reptiles were used as models in the design of divine images, either their whole body or part of it. They were even mummified, for their remains to be used as a physical support to the immortal soul of their gods. Certainly one of the most attractive and new parts of the exhibition, is the presentation of results obtained from tomographies made on six animal mummies preserved in the Egyptian Museum
Humans are the only species to have developed an extremely complex language. In spite of over 6,000 languages in existence, which may seem very different from each other, they come from a brain structure that is common to all human beings. This brain is designed by specific biology, and this exhibition delves into the fascinating world of how the brain shapes language and vice versa: how language shapes the brain. We shall learn the origin of languages, the human brain from the viewpoint of linguistic functions, the evolution of language, its relation with concepts of the past, present and future (exclusively humans), and the amazing ability of children to learn a language. The exhibition also has an interesting module that demonstrates the activity of neuronal circuits.
Espai 13 of the Fundació Joan Miró is a room in which since 1978, it is possible to see artistic practices and emerging curators. The current cycle "The possibility of an island" brings the spectator to many symbolic and sociological meanings implied by the word island.
The big bet of 2017 at the Fundació Suñol revolves around the figure of Fernando Vijande, an exhibition that will take up all the showrooms available, including the Nivell Zero.
From the first day, Fernando Vijande kept an original line, promoting avant-garde movements, but always keeping in mind his own aesthetic criteria and taste rather than the art market tendencies. His position was supported internationally in an exhibition called New Images from Spain showed at The Guggenheim Museum of New York in 1980 in which Vijande had the opportunity to display different artists that had been shown in his galleries.
Fernando Vijande and 51 Artists will show works by 51 different artists that were exhibited at his galleries. These pieces will cohabit with recent works by the same artists and documentation from that vibrant and transgressive period. Some of these artists gained international recognition while they were exhibited at Galería Vandrés or Galería Vijande, such as Juan Bordes, Carmen Calvo, Joan Hernández Pijuan, Nino Longobardi, among many others. But at the same time, Vijande brought international artists to Spain like Robert Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe or Andy Warhol, whose works will be shown too.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Ramon Pichot (Barcelona, 1871 - Paris, 1925), who had worked in Barcelona with the Modernist artists Ramon Casas, Santiago Rusiñol, Joaquim Mir and Isidre Nonell, lived in the Bohemian and artistic environment of Montmartre. In Paris he would become integrated in a colony of Catalan and Spanish artists and intellectuals and he would get to know and received influences of the post-impressionist and Fauvist. He was one of the few Spaniards to portray the suffering of the First World War. His work evolved from the initial Modernism to the Decorativism of the second decade of the 20th century, being characterised especially for the treatment and the pre-eminence of colour.
"After the End of the World" is an exhibition about the planet of 2017, irreversibly transformed into an Anthropocene planet after two centuries of human intervention in natural systems. But it is also an exhibition about how we will reach the world of the latter half of the 21st century, and about our society's responsibility to the generations who will be born and grow up in it. The project brings together voices from the various disciplines of creation and thought; together, artists, filmmakers, novelists, playwrights, architects, designers and scientists will imagine scenes, stories and escape routes to the different possible worlds that we can build, according to the decisions we make in the coming years—decisions in which we are all much more than mere spectators.
MACBA Collection. Beneath the Surface brings together works that focus on the problems deriving from representation and its limits, as well as the relevance and incidence of the artist and art in contemporary society. Although from different conceptual and formal approaches, many of these pieces share references to Conceptual art, forms derived from Minimalism and a contemporary fascination with material and surface. Beneath the Surface, and hence the title, examines the interest in aspects beneath which lie contents of a very different nature. It is worth mentioning the performatic component that permeates some of the works.
The exhibition is integrated by works of various formats and typologies by artists such as Ignasi Aballí, Antoni Tàpies, Lucio Fontana, Karla Black, Art & Language, Angela de la Cruz, Derek Jarman, Latifa Echakhch, Félix González-Torres, Charlotte Posenenske, Rita McBride, Gregor Schneider, Doris Salcedo and Michelangelo Pistoletto, among others.
With this exhibition we celebrate the last significant period of time spent in Barcelona by Pablo Picasso. This brief period in Barcelona is highly interesting from Picasso's artistic point of view, as it was a moment of research into new sources and visual resources, where the artist alternated between the more rigorous canons of Cubism and a more classical, realist line of work.
The Museu Picasso conserves all the oil paintings but one done in this period, left in the family home since he chose not to take them out of Spain, as the artist explained in a letter to Gertrude Stein. The exhibition will feature painting, preparatory drawing for the paintings and independent drawings, seeking to unite the widest possible selection of his production during the months spent in the city. Documentation related to his stay in the city will also be featured, showing his activity as a painter along with his times at ease (going to the bullfights and to the theatre), as well as time spent with friends, acts done in his honour and his participation in events in civil society, amongst others.
Celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Ballet at the Liceu in Barcelona, the Museu Picasso will organize a special event to commemorate the event.
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