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Frank Horvat


Homenatge a Catalunya
Start 30/05/2018

Frank Horvat and Catalonia

 

From the moment I decided to ask Frank Horvat to make this collection of photographs, the request embodied an implicit objective: to persuade him to put together a show about how he sees Catalonia as it is today. Almost immediately he came up with the title Homage to Catalonia, in allusion to George Orwell, and I had no hesitation in accepting it.

Frank Horvat’s suggestion tied in a perfectly with my own way of perceiving and engaging with the roots of my culture, but it was also very much in keeping with the principal purpose of the Fundació: that of making know (fent país, as we say in Catalan) and paying tribute to the country we...


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Barcelona. Catedral
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Photography

The places the artist chooses to portray Catalonia and pay homage to the country include several iconic images. One of these might be this person posing as a human statue in front of Barcelona cathedral. Barcelona’s tourist side defines the city to a certain extent. This kind of street art, exported to big cities around the world, provides a visual illustration of one of the Catalan city’s main attractions. Not only because of the figure itself but because it defines a city that is set up for and focused on welcoming visitors.
Sagrada Familia
2001
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Photography

Another of the sights to which homage is paid is the Sagrada Família in Barcelona, a church projected by Antoni Gaudí and under construction since 1882, which has become an icon of Catalan culture thanks to its distinctive architecture and as a masterpiece of Catalan Art Nouveau. This particular composition, taken from a low angle, highlights the coloured features typical of the Art Nouveau style. Each tower represents one of the apostles, and the pinnacles atop them the bishop’s regalia: mitre, crozier and ring. Still under construction, the basilica is planned to be completed in 2026. The architects who have worked on it after Gaudí’s death are the following: 1926-1936: Domingo Sugrañes Gras 1944-1966: Francesc de Paula Quintana i Vidal 1966-1974: Isidre Puig i Boada 1974-1983: Lluís Bonet i Garí 1983-1985: Francesc de Paula Cardoner i Blanch 1985-2012: Jordi Bonet i Armengol 2012-2018: Jordi Faulí i Oller 1944-1966 Francesc de Paula Quintana i Vidal 1966-1974 Isidre Puig i Boada 1974-1983 Lluís Bonet i Garí 1983-1985 Francesc de Paula Cardoner i Blanch 1985-2012 Jordi Bonet i Armengol 2012-2018 Jordi Faulí i Oller
Barcelona. Mercat de la Boqueria
2001
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Photography

La Boqueria has become another major attraction in the centre of Barcelona. This market, halfway down the legendary Rambles, covers 2,583 m2 of floor space and houses over 300 stalls. Opened in 1814, it has gradually also become a tourist attraction. Its metal roof dates from 1914, though the last alterations to it were carried out in 2000. The photograph shows a scene with a trader at a fruit stall: local colour illustrating the characteristic atmosphere of this market. While La Boqueria today displays its wares in a much more attractive way, for many years it was simply the place where the whole population of the old town came to shop.
Lleida
2001
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Not all Horvat’s work concentrates on paying homage to Barcelona, as he also travelled to other places around Catalonia. In this shot we can see a religious icon behind the door of the Catedral Nova in Lleida, constructed between 1761 and 1781. This building, in Baroque style with French academicist influences, is in the shopping area of the city centre. The sculpture photographed is that of a choirboy, wearing the traditional costume and holding a collection box with an image of a saint that cannot be made out.
Montserrat
2001
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Photography

The photograph shows a worshipper before the statue of Our Lady of Montserrat, also known as La Moreneta, a patron saint of Catalonia and of the monastery, itself a centre of pilgrimage for believers. Her saint’s day is on 27th April. The statue, carved in poplar wood in the 12th century, is Romanesque, a style which developed in a richly distinctive way in Catalonia. Some of its features appear in architectural carvings, severe figures with a certain Mozarabic influence. This particular piece portrays the Madonna with the baby Jesus on her lap. She is holding an orb, while Jesus raises his hand in a sign of blessing.
Port Lligat. Casa Dalí
2001
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Photography

Portlligat, not far from Cadaqués and in the Cap de Creus area, is a legendary spot in Catalonia. It was the home of the famous artist Salvador Dalí, whose house has been turned into a museum. Portlligat still has the appearance of a Costa Brava fishing village; thanks to the distinctive shape of its bay it was the base for many local fishers. Nearly all visitors to Portlligat today come to see Salvador Dalí’s Museum-House, built specially for him and with several peculiarities, such as its labyrinthine structure and the entrance hall with its bear.
Cadaqués
2001
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Photography

Cadaqués is many people’s dream picture postcard place. The way to the town, set amid hills in a valley facing the sea, is via a long, winding road, which only serves to make it even more exclusive. With the air of a fishing village, its whitewashed houses make up a typical Mediterranean landscape, and its winding streets invite visitors to lose themselves in one of the most popular spots in the Alt Empordà area. Cadaqués has been a model and a source of inspiration (whether literary, visual or in dream form) to many artists: over the years, the town’s lively bohemian scene has attracted major artistic figures from Catalonia and abroad, including Dalí himself, or the writer Josep Pla. The beach still has its boats, stones and breakwaters and the wind, which often blows from the north, buffets this little paradise incessantly.
Delta de l'Ebre. L'Escanyissada
2001
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Photography

The Parc Natural del Delta de l’Ebre lies at the other end of the Catalan shore, between of the Montsià and Baix Ebre areas of the province of Tarragona. This unique place is one of the most important wetlands and most curious places in Catalonia. Its endless beaches, extensive rice fields and majestic delta make this park a must-see visit. Visitors can soak up the local colour, like a group of cattle grazing in the marshes of L’Encanyissada or the natural surroundings of the rice fields. Another surprise awaiting them is L’Illa de Buda, a triangular island between the river and the sea, formed by the sediment of the river Ebro as it flows into the Mediterranean sea.
barcelona. Festa de la Mercè al Raval
2001
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Photography

La Mercè, the patron saint of Barcelona and also the biggest festival in Barcelona. It takes place on September 24, although the previous days, the city council is responsible for all citizens can enjoy leisure and cultural activities. The festival is celebrated since 1902 and recognized as a Festival of National Tourist Interest in 1980. Since its inception, Barcelona has wanted to show its popular character and involve its citizens by inviting them to go out into the street. Among its customs, highlights the famous "correfocs" in the streets of the historic center or the "gegants" and their traditional dances. La Mercè says goodbye until the following year with the popular "Piromusical" in the fountains of Montjuïc.
Tortosa
2001
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Photography

Terra Alta
2001
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Photography

Barcelona. Mercat de la Boqueria
2001
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Photography

Barcelona. Museu d'Art Contemporani (MACBA)
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Photography

La Torre de Claramunt. Casa de Rosa Rotllant
2001
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Photography

Horta de Sant Joan
2001
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Photography

Reus
2001
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Photography

Xerta
2001
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Photography

Girona. El Call
2001
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Photography

Delta de l'Ebre
2001
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Sant Carles de la Ràpita
2001
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