Ràfols Casamada and Maria Girona: hundredth anniversary of their births, 1923-2023

Ràfols Casamada i Maria Girona


Ràfols Casamada i Maria Girona
© Martí Gasull.


In 2023, EINA, the Bassat Foundation and the Vila Casas Foundation, are celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the births of Albert Ràfols Casamada and Maria Girona, which will dedicate an exhibition to each of their memories.

Artists, painters, poets, humanists, educators and founders of EINA, Albert Ràfols and Maria Girona are two fundamental individuals when it comes to understanding the history of EINA. Their desire to influence the grey era of the sixties led them to found EINA along with other artists, architects, designers, and intellectuals.

Combining the heritage of the modern Catalan school, as well as European benchmarks such as the Bauhaus or Ulm schools, which supported a teaching model focused on awakening student creativity without imposing aesthetic ideals or technical resources, they proposed an educational programme focused on teaching design, art, and the humanities.

The complete list of activities planned within the framework of the hundredth anniversary are:

Ràfols Casamada: obres de la Col·lecció Bassat (Ràfols Casamada: works from the Bassat Collection)
Anthological exhibition

18 January - 24 September 2023
Nau Gaudí of Mataró headquarters of the Carmen & Lluís Bassat Foundation (C/ de la Cooperativa, 47)
Tuesday to Friday, from 5pm to 8pm. Saturday and Sunday, from 11am to 2pm
Free entrance

Ràfols Casamada: obres de la Col·lecció Bassat (Ràfols Casamada: works from the Bassat Collection)

12 January - 26 February 2023
Museu del Càntir d’Argentona (Pl. Església, 9)
Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 2pm and from 4pm to 8pm. Saturday, from 11am to 2pm and from 5pm to 8pm. Sunday and public holidays, from 11am to 2pm

Both exhibitions have been curated by Núria Poch, director of the Consortium Museu d'Art Contemporani de Mataró.

Ensenyar és aprendre: exposició d’obres del fons d’art i material d’arxiu de la Fundació EINA (Teaching is learning: Ràfols Casamada and Maria Girona: artworks and archival documents from EINA's archives)

9 May - 3 June 2023
Palau Sentmenat, EINA’s current headquarters (Passeig de Santa Eulàlia, 25)
Monday to Friday, from 10am to 7pm. Saturday, 10am to 2 pm
Free entrance

The exhibition will be curated by Xavier Olivé, Josep Aregall and Rubén Alcaraz, with the collaboration of Josep Bagà and Jordi Colomer.

Maria Girona: contemporània de si mateixa (Maria Girona: her own contemporary)

Espais Volart within the Fundació Vila Casas (Barcelona)
September 2023 – January 2024

Curated by Victoria Combalia and Alex Susanna.

Other collaborating entities

City Council of Molins de Rei. Publication of the book Ràfols Casamada: poesia essencial (Ràfols Casamada: essential poetry)(March 2023).

Palau i Fabre Foundation in Caldes d'Estrac. Exposició Ràfols Casamada: el passeig del poeta (Ràfols Casamada: the poet’s promenade)(2023-2024).

Juan March Foundation in Palma de Mallorca. Exhibit curated by Bernat Puigdollers (2024).

Library of Catalonia. Exhibition of archival and photographic documentary fonds (2024).

Bernat Puigdollers is the curator of the events celebrating the centenaries of Albert Ràfols and Maria Girona.