Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Costa Brava in Vilanova

About a week ago, Vilanova’s centre of contemporary art La Sala (C/ Joaquim Mir 12) opened up photo exhibition with the subtitle “Memories from the Costa Brava”. Here, people who are bored with our own flat coast, la Costa Daurada (the Golden Coast) can find ideas for their vacation planning.

I cannot say that my wife and I managed to pinpoint any differences in style between the two photographers Francesc Català-Roca and Xavier Miserachs Ribalta, but we truly appreciated their works - all in black and white and taken during the years 1950-1965.

Among them there is a photo of a menu in English, probably still an exotic phenomenon when it was taken. On the Costa Brava of our days, I doubt that artistic photographers would consider anything in English an inspiring motif.

My personal favourite is a photo of a man who casually holds four small sardines behind his back. In a special section, there are a few pictures of famous people where our eyes immediately fell on Salvador Dali having a swim in the sea.

The exhibition will hang until May 11 and La Sala’s slightly odd opening hours are Tuesday-Saturdays 18.00-21.00 plus Saturday-Sunday (and holidays) 11.00-14.00. I assume that all funds were used to remodel the place so, unfortunately, they do not up-date their web-page.

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