Picasso Series

Photography in the Foyer

Joaquim Gomis
Foyer of the Fundació Miró
Curated by
Martina Millà

Picasso Series is a selection of photographs by Joaquim Gomis that takes as its starting point an album of the same title held in the Gomis Fonds in the Arxiu Nacional de Catalunya. The album contains photographs taken in 1968 that document a walk around the streets of Barcelona where Pablo Picasso lived, studied, worked and socialised between 1895 and 1904, the year he moved to Paris. It does not seem coincidental that Gomis's reportage dates from 1968, as this was a year of consolidation of the Museu Picasso on Carrer Montcada and it is entirely possible that Gomis was thinking about putting together a photobook about Picasso's Barcelona.

The Gomis Fonds also holds photographs from other years that show places in Barcelona that Picasso frequented. This is why this exhibition combines photographs from the Picasso Series with others from the 1940s. The bleakness reflected in these post-war images calls to mind the climate of defeat of the late nineteenth century and Picasso's Blue Period, as if the city had remained virtually unchanged since then.

The exhibition is presented in the foyer and restaurant of the Fundació Joan Miró, where photographs related to food and drink are on display.

Joaquim Gomis (1902-1991), a businessman, cultural activist and amateur photographer, was the first president of the Fundació Joan Miró.

Joaquim Gomis. Facade of a building in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona, 29 August 1968. Joaquim Gomis archive, deposited at the Catalan National Archive © Hereus de Joaquim Gomis, 2023. Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona.

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