Joan Barbarà and bibliophile — 1 Sep.– 30 Sep. 2015. National Library of Catalonia

Biblioteca de Catalunya
Carrer de l’Hospital, 56. Barcelona, Catalunya.
1 Sep. – 30 Sep. – 2015

Joan Barbarà (Barcelona, ​​1927-2013) was one of the most accredited recorders Catalan twentieth century; by Francesc Miralles, from a technical standpoint, was possibly the best. In addition to his own work, he opened his studio to other artists (Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Eduardo Chillida, Antoni Tàpies, Joseph Beuys, Richard Hamilton, etc.) and contributed in shaping the vanguard of the second half of the twentieth century.
His artistic activity began in Barcelona in mid-forties when he began to realize a book, Ibiza, ending six decades later, in 2008; at that time also illustrated the book of John Triadú Collsacabra: initiatory journey. 1957 scholarship went to Paris, where, with Bracons Louis, founded the Atelier de Recherches et Techniques Plastiques Calcographiques; Leblanc also worked in workshops and Lacourière where Salvador Dalí presents the most important artists of the moment and 1959 stamped on the circulation of 263 copies (26 aquatints) by Pablo Picasso Bullfight.
Later, back in Barcelona, ​​directed bibliophile editions of “The Comet”, the editor Gustavo Gili until 1975. Again in his own workshop, printing work and personal remarkable artists with whom opened new avenues of research and experimentation recorded. He worked especially for editions of Aimé Maeght and Fritz Herlt.
He was a member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of St. George and the Pilar and Joan Miró and was awarded several times.
The Library of Catalonia has a good part of the production of Barbara Joan, both prints and illustrated books as matrices, as well as specific realizations about it.
Throughout 2014, shortly after his death, mounted exhibitions in honor of Barbara Joan across Europe, which stood facet of painter, draftsman and printmaker ;. On this occasion, the Library of Catalonia affects their relationship with books.
Barbara Joan looked in books harmony while intellectual contrary, it served to keep it in tension, motivate and encourage the creative process. Barbara readings have not disappeared with him, are tangible in their work.

Roser Pinto Fabregas, Unitat Gràfica
Tristan Barbara Trenkle

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