Una mirada (A Gaze), an exhibition of work by Maria Espeus (Boras, Sweden, 1949) curated by Glòria Bosch, provides recognition for a female artist from the Fundació Vila Casas collection with a long and established career. Photographer at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, she has portrayed numerous personalities from the world of culture and politics, combining the work of photojournalist with that of creative photographer.
This exhibition on at the Palau Solterra Museum is divided into three areas which bring together some of the artist’s most outstanding series. In the Sala Xemeneia there are photographs featuring Cuba from the collection Habana (1977) and works from the series De Rerum Natura based on small items in the Barcelona botanical museum. In La Galeria, a space set aside for women, there are pictures from the series De l’ombra a la llum. Finally, in Pou i Cavallerisses, there are a set of 20 portraits from the series Hola! Barcelona (1982), bringing together personalities from the world of culture such as Carlos Santos, Carlos Pazos and Rosa Vergés.
The latest edition of the Dialogues with the Collection series is an exercise in looking for affinities between the photographic work of Màrius Brossa (Barcelona, 1950) and work by the artist from the Fundació Vila Casas collection, Margarita Andreu (Cercs, 1953 – Barcelona, 2013).
The aim of these dialogues is to offer new insights into the permanent collection by establishing points of contact between very different artists. On this occasion, the artists on show shared interests and a studio on Carrer Banys Nous in 1982 and, analysing the work of each of them retrospectively, we can see how the photographic gaze of Brossa influenced the pictorial language of Andreu and vice versa. Without fully realizing it, the two artists shared much more than a studio during that time; they each set out on a common creative quest which we invite you to discover in Mar i Mar (Sea and Sea).