EINA participates in the exhibition Maria Girona: contemporània de si mateixa that will take place between 14 September 2023 and 14 January 2024 at the Espais Volart of the Fundació Vila Casas (C/ d'Ausiàs Marc, 22).
The exhibition, curated by Victòria Combalia and Àlex Susanna, aims to rediscover the work of Maria Girona, the Catalan artist, co-founder of EINA, teacher at the school and coordinator of art studies, coinciding with the centenary of her birth.
Maria Girona. Finestra blava i vermella. 1989. Oil on canvas, 95 x 76 cm
The exhibition will show works and documents from the artist's archive, including an important selection of documents, photographs and works from the EINA archive and art collection.
This exhibition also contributes to placing Maria Girona's work in the place it deserves: not only as a non-academic re-reading of Noucentisme, but also as an extraordinarily refined embodiment of a Mediterranean imaginary centred on the visual stimuli coming from her magic triangle: Barcelona, Cadaqués and Calaceite. "My painting is very emotional, but despite its apparent simplicity it is quite complicated. I look for simplicity in a way that has a clear emotional richness".
Maria Girona: contemporània de si mateixa closes the celebration of the centenaries of the birth of Albert Ràfols Casamada and Maria Girona, educators and founders of EINA, carried out jointly with the Fundació Bassat, the Fundació Vila Casas and EINA.
The exhibition can be visited from Tuesday to Saturday, from 11am to 2pm and from 4.30pm to 8pm. Sunday, from 11am to 2pm.
Maria's painting is too brutally honest for anyone to understand. The most characteristic features of her painting include, on the one hand, the total coherence between her personality and her work and, on the other hand, her wholehearted fidelity to a way of doing things the way she set out to do them from the beginning. Yet her objectives never prevented her from taking interest in other styles and movements. In other words, her desire to see and understand has always been fundamental.
Handwritten text from the diary of Albert Ràfols (24 April 1992)
Cover image: Detail of the catalogue Album: Maria Girona (1975).
Copyright: Photos of the exhibition opening by Pere Pratdesaba