The Vintage Photos Of Leopoldo Pomés At The Foto Colectania

18 Sep

Located above Avenida Diagonal tucked away on a quite street- The Foto Colectania Foundation  sits  in a nondescript building  and hides one of the best kept secrets documenting Barcelona’s past. Their latest exhibit which opens on Wednesday (September 19) presents one the city’s lesser known street photographers in a show simply titled “Barcelona 1957. Leopoldo Pomés“. The Foto Colectania recovers the photographic journey through the city of Barcelona when publisher Carlos Barral commissioned  a young Pomés in 1957 to document city life through his own eyes.

Far from portraying  Barcelona as a “showcase” city, Pomés guides you on a tour through the very essence of Barcelona in the late fifties, offering up his own view rather than a generic look at the city as a whole. Documenting  ​​life in neighborhoods such as the Raval and the Eixample his camera lens also captured  the more marginalized barrios of Barcelona like the now infamous Barceloneta,  and the areas of the  Verdum and the Encants, which at the time were located outside the city limits. However, despite its quality and intensity, for some reason theses images , most of which have never been seen have not surfaced until now.

Curated by Pepe Font de Mora, director of Foto Colectania the exhibit which runs from September 19 to January 26, 2013 will feature the 80 photographs, many of them vintage prints,  that composed  the original project.

The collection will also be compiled in a photo-book co-edited by Colectania in collaboration with La Fábrica, including texts by Juan Manuel Bonet, Leopoldo Pomés and Eduardo Mendoza and will be on sale at the Foundation.

Fundació FOTO COLECTANIA

Julián Romea, 6, D2 08006 Barcelona, Tel. +34 93 217 16 26, E-mail: colectania@colectania.es

MACBA AL ANOCHECER

2 Sep

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Until September 22nd, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) will expand its regular hours and open Friday and Saturday until 10 pm. During this period the MACBA will offer a special summer offer which includes a PASSI card with the purchase of entry when visiting the museum. The PASSI allows free entry to the museum for a whole year.

During these extended hours the ticket includes a series of guided tours to exhibitions, as well as access to the terrace on the first floor. This space sponsored by Moritz Barcelona will invite all visitors to drink a beer in this terrace.

Currently the MACBA is presenting the following exhibitions:

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MACBA- Plaça dels Àngels, 1  08001 Barcelona 902.88.49.90

24 KILATES- SNEAKER HEAVEN IN BARCELONA

22 Aug

Located in the heart of the Born, 24 KILATES outshines the competition with its one of a kind urban collection which will make even the most jaded sneaker freak legs tremble upon stepping foot into this showroom.

With a well curated collection of the most important names of urban street wear- 24 kilates is all about quality not quantity. The owners have made sure to make this a must on your list when looking to bling out your wardrobe.

Thanks to their unique partnership with major brands, 24 Kilates has secured the rights to be the exclusive dealers of limited edition collections presented in Spain- from Nike to New Balance, vintage Reebock and one of a kind Adidas.

With a unique set up  showcasing watches, books, collector items and it’s own DJ Booth, 24 KILATES attracts its fair share of  local celebrities and fashionistas looking to show off their style and deck out their wardrobe.  24 Kilates has the minus touch when it comes to selecting unique merchandise and a varied collection of  candy shaded footwear.
For Hardcore enthuisasts check out their blog for sneak peeks of upcoming collection and sample sales  HERE

24 Kilates Barcelona- C/ Comerc 29

tel +34 93 2688437

Open from 11am-2pm and 4pm-9pm.

DELISHOP – Todo Sobre Mi Hambre

27 Jun

Back in 2007, owner Monica Navarro and Ricky Mandle noticed something missing when it came to the culinary offerings in the city of Barcelona, together they created  DELISHOP a creative retail concept for food lovers aching for a bit more variety than the typical generic offerings at the local supermarket. From a wall full of recipes to the brightly lit coolers stocked with great take-out Delishop has got you covered when  time is short and the need to impress is the order of the day.

5 years later, DELISHOP hs become a  gourmet empire consisting of great ingredients, a fantastic corporate award-winning design and a passion for international flavors. What started as a small gourmet market, has grown into a Barcelona phenomenon which attracts expats, housewives and foodies alike. Expanding from the original idea of offering just their products for cooking, DELISHOP has rewritten the book on cooking classes offering such gems as cooking classes during your lunch break, which allows you to prepare your own meal and learn as you go.

The incredible showroom/classroom on Passeig Sant Joan, not only is a temple of good taste but a reference of what happens when retail becomes part of the community. The newest store has managed to attract a loyal following thanks to their amazing programs and special guest chefs catering to the time conscious urban dweller.

With two distinct spaces DELISHOPWORLD offers visitors the ability to purchase unique ingredients as well as browse over 300 cookbooks from all over the world while The Cooking Space houses a beautiful show kitchen which allows for cooking classes, workshops, event hosting and private dinners.

A WORLD OF FLAVORS

A gastronomic journey throughout Europe, India and Asia-  they have got you covered. From golden olive oils, mind-blowing balsamics, Japanese and Italian mushrooms, exotic varieties of chutney and some fantastic French mustards,  DELISHOP houses more than 300 ingredients  which line the walls of all four of their locations (Eixample, L’ illa, Gracia & Psg Sant Joan).  As Delishop continues to evolve into a global reference point, (Delishop currently exports their products to France, UK, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany) the brand continues to grow into its market offering a wide range of possibilities when looking to stay in and experiment in the kitchen.

From the chic corporate identity to beautifully design packaging the man in charge of this amazing contemporary look and feel is none other than Enric Aguilera, Barcelona’s most sought after Art Director.

It is no wonder that in the spring of 2010 Wallpaper* Magazine teamed up with DELISHOP to re-invented one of its most popular products, and a pillar of Spanish cuisine: allioli.

The Delishop-Wallpaper* alliolis represent the first co-branded food products to ever use the Wallpaper* logo , this partnership allowed Delishop to  create two exquisite new flavors: Orange-Saffron Allioli and Thyme-Mint Allioli.

If you live in Barcelona Delishop is a great place to pick up some new ideas, grab a great wine, or learn a new skill. For more information on DELISHOP please visit their website for a list of their cooking classes and store hours HERE

ReFramed_ 3 days at Barcelona’s SWAB Art Fair

14 May

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While Madrid gets its share of celebrity dripped, red carpet sightings at ARCO and Miami’s Art Basel has become a three-ring circus of sex, drugs and masterpieces, Swab  has become the cool, understated cousin with sun-kissed skin carefully vying for its undisputed place on the Mediterranean art circuit. Now in its fifth year, Swab returns to the Fira de Barcelona bigger and stronger with a brand new program and a focus on emerging artists. The formula is simple: use Barcelona as a backdrop, mix together the art world’s most impressive young artists and shake up with a fair share of music, street art, curators, fashionistas and bloggers.

This year Swab offers a more creative take on what an art show is supposed to be by presenting Swab Urban, Swab Off and Swab Music. These satellite shows hope to attract a younger crowd and a different type of visitor looking to enjoy art rather than to be intimidated by it. Swab also hopes to appeal to the more experimental collectors looking for a break from the severity of some of the other contemporary art shows worldwide.

Yet this same commitment to keep Swab relevant and embrace Barcelona’s contemporary art scene has also managed to paint the festival into a corner. How do you define a city’s art scene when the urban tribes which roam our streets – who often become the trappings of our own SoHo by the sea – are so diversely drawn? In a city where locals burn through trends so quickly, is it really possible to define which galleries have their pulse on the contemporary art scene? Over the last few years we have seen a creative tug of war between the clinical spaces with pristine white walls of the galleries north of Diagonal or on Consell de Cent and the ever-evolving roster of artists of the painfully hip galleries of the Born and the ethnic street scene of the Raval.

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Despite rumors of high-end galleries placing pressure on Swab to focus solely on promoting “official” galleries, Swab has managed to appeal to both high and lowbrow collectors by offering a wide selection of activities allowing a cross-pollination of styles. This includes Swab Urban, devoted to Barcelona’s urban art scene, and Swab Music, an initiative organized in collaboration with Razzmatazz that will serve as a sort of indie soundtrack for festival. Confirmed artists so far include Arponera, Boreals, Doble Pletina, Hidrogenesse, Lasers, Internet 2, Sölna, That Girl With Dark Eyes. A new section this year, Swab Off will see a program of activities organized with collaborators around the city which aims to increase the visibility of contemporary art and bring it closer to the general public.

This year the festival will also present a panel series aptly called Talking Artists, an open table discussion of some of the most relevant and challenging issues facing today’s contemporary art scene, both locally and globally. The series, presenting ten artists selected by curators specializing in emerging art, will allow artists to explain their work, connect with a wider audience and focus on how to make Barcelona the place to turn to when looking for the next big thing.

This edition also marks the return of My First Art Fair, an area of the show embodying the spirit of Swab which invites a handpicked selection of galleries committed to showcasing the newest, most original artists putting brush to canvas. Here you will definitely not find gallery representatives dressed only in black with tiny eyeglasses and no smiles. Participating in MYFAF this year will be Barcelona’s new kid on the block MUTT, the city’s most artistic showspace and bookstore, showcasing a capsule collection of ten of their most interesting artists. MUTT’s curator Juanjo Fernández tells us, “I think Swab is an amazing platform for emerging artists as well as a fantastic concept which represents Barcelona,” but point outs that “it is important that the festival keeps growing and maintains its youthful appeal and nonconformist attitude; the great thing about Barcelona is its passion for design, music and art and these are the things which set this festival apart from the others.”

Echoing the importance of the festival’s evolution, Swab co-founder and director Joaquín Diez-Gascón is proud to inform us that this year Swab expects “over 20 thousand visitors and a selection of 65 galleries from more than twenty countries.” Not bad for a festival which started out five years ago with six thousand attendees and not so much of a second glance by the press.

This year will see Swab slowly coming into its own. According to Diez-Gascón, “This is a festival which has caught the art world by surprise. Swab has managed to distance itself from the parameters of what an art show should be.” When asked to comment on current trends in the art world, Diez-Gascón’s answer is quite simple: “Youth – right now it is all about young artists. Most of the artists at the festival were all born after 1980.”

While the rest of the world focuses on the established, it is great to see a festival reaching out to a generation which has come of age with the Internet and should have plenty to say in a post-digital age.

Inaugural concert: €8 (advance) / €10 (door), 1-day: €10 (advance) / €20 (door), 2-day: €15 (advance only), 3-day: €25 (advance only)

 

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La Fira de Barcelona- s/n Av Reina Maria Cristina , Barcelona

Phone 93 233 21 98

Website:swab.es

Originally Published in : MINIGUIDE (MAY) by David Naveira

La Foto Del Dia- A La Pija No Le Afecta La Crisis

1 Mar

 

While the 99% percent were busying torching the streets and protesting the recent government cuts, the 1% continued their business as usual on Passeig De Gracia.

La Foto Del Dia- Fundació Joan Miró

13 Feb

This Picture was taken today at the  Fundació Joan Miró

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