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Street art in Barcelona

January 23rd, 2014

Street art, Sants, Barcelona just now based on Augustí Centelles 1936 photo of militiawomen on Aragón front.

Barcelona’s Somorrostro

October 23rd, 2013
Foto: Photo by Ignasi Marroyo showing photographer Joan Colom hanging from railing of Barcelona Somorrostro seafront, today's Olympic beaches, in 1964. Here still lived some of those who had lost the war. More here on the photo: http://enarchenhologos.blogspot.com.es/2013/10/somorrostro-frontera-i-trinxera.html

Photo by Ignasi Marroyo showing photographer Joan Colom hanging from railing of Barcelona Somorrostro seafront, today’s Olympic beaches, in 1964. Here still lived some of those who had lost the war. More here on the photo:

 

The death of Manuel Vázquez Montalbán

October 23rd, 2013
Foto: Tomorrow is the tenth anniversary of the death of the great Barcelonan writer Manuel Vázquez Montalbán. An article I wrote here on him http://www.barcelona-metropolitan.com/living/man-of-the-people---manuel-v%C3%A1zquez-montalb%C3%A1n/ and a better one here by Mike Eaude http://www.isj.org.uk/?id=187

Last week (18th October) was the tenth anniversary of the death of the great Barcelonan writer Manuel Vázquez Montalbán. An article I wrote here on him http://www.barcelona-metropolitan.com/living/man-of-the-people—manuel-vázquez-montalbán/ and a better one here by Mike Eaude http://www.isj.org.uk/?id=187

Josep Franch-Clapers

May 10th, 2012

If you’re in Barcelona until June 3, there’s a small (and free) exhitition on at the History Museaum of Catalonia about a painter called Josep Franch-Clapers. In 1939, he was exiled and interned in camp, where he captured the pain of those who had lost the war and their freedom. The painting here entitled “Exhile” shows a chain of refugees (prisoners in effect) escorted along windy road by French police. More here

Goya in Barcelona

May 1st, 2012
Anyone in Barcelona until June 24 shouldn’t miss up on chance to see Goya exhibition at the Caixaforum. And it’s free. Excellent chronological coverage of his work with great commentary. from his early portraits, the Disasters of war and his haunting later work on the edge of madness: There is also an excellent exhibition on Delacroix. Above image “Enterrar y callar – Bury them and keep quiet”

Art in times of conflict

October 14th, 2011
Window protections in Barcelona 1936 or 1937. Instructions for paper tape to be glued on all house windows in neat criss-crosses. Art in times of conflict. Found the late Valerie Powles’s site http://refugi307.blogspot.com/

Barelona street art

June 14th, 2010

This Flick group is a brilliant collection of street art in Barcelona. The above near the Forum is by la ira món mort

Coincidently in The Guardian:

Graffiti protesting has become a symbol of resistance as a rising tide of visitors engulfs the local population

He, or she, is a Catalan cross between Banksy and an anti-tourism league. At night the mystery graffiti protester roams the streets of Barcelona’s old quarter leaving behind markings on the streets that divide them into separate lanes for the tourists and the “normal” Barcelonans.

Every day the city hall sends out workmen to paint over the markings, afraid that someone is trying to push away the tourists who bring in welcome wealth but increasingly make native Barcelonans feel jostled off their own streets.

A poem about Barcelona

June 12th, 2010

I liked this poem by Paul Blackburn (1926-71) set in Barcelona in the 1960s. The complete poem is here with the correct spacing between the words. It is published in the excellent literary magazine Barcelona Ink.

When Blackburn was asked in 1962 how he would like to die he answered “in Barcelona during a revolution against F. Franco”.

The Touch

The windows
are never wide enuf.
Calle de Vidrio, Barcelona, is
off Fernando, toward the Plaza Real;
short, tight, narrow, &
leads toward the palmtrees
Th e corner bar to the left is
three to fi ve pesetas cheaper than
the one to the right
as you enter, plenty of
sky, trees, a fountain, the
arcades sit over each side we
sit with gambas, cervezas, dis-
MARISCAS
cuss my sis-
PERCEBES
ter’s imminent
ALMEJAS VIVAS
arrival I face
CENTOLLOS
the walls, cannot see Y
the palmtrees behind me GAMBAS
ALAJILLO
BEBA COCA COLA SEPIA
PULPITO
BAR FARON
it says

The complete poem is here

A beautiful photo of Barcelona

May 29th, 2010

Barcelona sunset HDR by MorBCN.

A beautiful photo of Barcelona by MorBCN on flickr.

Langston Hughes on Barcelona

May 26th, 2010

The Afro-American poet Langston Hughes visited Barcelona in 1937 as a  newspaper correspondent for the Baltimore Afro-American. He saw the terrible destruction in the city caused by the bombing.

I came down from Paris by train. We reached Barcelona at night. The day before had been a terrific air raid in the city, killing about a hundred and wounding a great deal more. We read about it in the papers at the border. Last night, I thought. Well tonight, I’ll be there. Here (October 23, 1937)

He was inspired to write the poem Air raid: Barcelona (from here). The imagery is stark. East is back to Mallorca where Mussolini’s squadrons were based.

The death birds wheel East
To their lairs again
Leaving iron eggs
In the streets of Spain.

Air raid: Barcelona by Langston Hughes

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Black smoke of sound
Curls against the midnight sky. Read the rest of this entry