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La Rosa de Foc

Picasso and Gaudí's Barcelona

Ferrara, Palazzo dei Diamanti

19 April – 19 July 2015


Lively and charming, creative and rebellious, early twentieth century Barcelona was known as “la rosa de foc”, the “rose of fire”. A new fervour kindled the artistic and cultural scene, where giants Picasso and Gaudí stood out against the background of a fiery social tension that sparked conflicts and attacks.

Sealing Barcelona’s rise was the 1888 World’s Fair, which celebrated the development of the Catalan capital and helped to spread ideas of renewal and modernization. Thus a talented group brought to life an extraordinary flourishing in the fields of art, architecture, music, and literature, changing the face of the city after the model of Art Nouveau Paris. Strong social conflicts, however, came along with this cultural and economic growth, culminating in 1909 in the so-called “tragic week,” where violent clashes between the army and the civilian population declared the end of this singular period.

La Rosa de Foc La Barcellona di Picasso e Gaudí La Rosa de Foc. Picasso and Gaudí’s Barcelona tells the story of these fertile yet turbulent years, and of the group of artists that animated them, leaving a deep mark on the history of 20th century art. The inventions of Lluís Domènech and especially Gaudí, the visionary innovator of architecture and interior design, alternate with masterpieces by some of the most important figures in Catalan painting and sculpture: Ramon Casas, Santiago Rusiñol, Hermen Anglada Camarasa, Isidre Nonell, Julio González, and the young Picasso. Each in his own style, they depict snapshots of modern life, with the dazzling bohemian atmosphere of cafes and nightclubs, to the portraits of gypsies, and vagrants tinged with blue, touching icons of solitude in the wake of progress. A kaleidoscope of paintings, drawings, jewellery, sculpture, and architectural and theatrical models stand as testaments to the fire of renewal that raged through all the arts.

Curated by
Tomàs Llorens e Boye Llorens

Organized by
Fondazione Ferrara Arte e Gallerie d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

Enti promotori

Comune di Ferrara

Provincia di Ferrara

Con il patrocinio di

Regione Emilia-Romagna e Expo Milano 2015

Con il contributo di


Technical sponsor


Works on show

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La rosa di fuoco. La Barcellona di Picasso e Gaudí

Conferenze e altri appuntamenti

Barcellona modernista, città dei prodigi

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