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The collection

The collection is the point of convergence where the plural vision of the collector Antoni Vila Casas meets contemporary art. It is a map of movements and decisions to accept particular works that embrace different ideologies and creative languages. Encompassing the period between the 1960’s and the present, with a few previous exceptions, a number of currents of pictorial and sculptural creation in Catalonia are displayed. Only the photography collection is within an international framework.


Anna Dot
Vic, Barcelona, 1991

Artist and teacher, with a degree in Fine Arts and Doctorate in Translation, Interpretation and Applied Languages from the Universitat de Vic. She explores language through an artistic practice that cannot be defined within a specific technique. Her work is the same process of creation based on conceptual works of performative research. In 2018, she was awarded the Art Nou prize for the best emerging artist in the city of Barcelona.

Oleg Dou
Moscú, Rusia, 1983

Michael Dunev
Madrid, 1952

Manuel Duque
Nerva, Huelva, 1919 - Sabadell, Barcelona, 1998

After his father’s death, he had to give up school and, later on, leave his home town to seek work. He only started painting after a friend encouraged him to go to Paris; there he was seduced by the avant-garde creations and got the chance to hold his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Breteau. When he returned to Sabadell, he founded the Grup Gallot, composed of artists who aimed to stimulate actions to bring the city’s art scene up to date. His solo pictorial career continued in Paris, Sabadell and Madrid, and his work became well-known throughout Europe. 

Francesca Duran Reynals
New Haven, Connecticut, 1939

Paco Duran
Barcelona, 1955

Pep Duran Esteva
Vilanova i La Geltrú, Barcelona, 1955

Sculptor, set designer and artistic film director who works on set design and costumes. He began training at the Escola de Formació Artística, in Vilanova i la Geltrú, and went on to study scenography and costume design at Escola Superior d'Art Dramàtic, in Barcelona. Throughout his career he has worked with concepts of space and narration, the passage of time in search of a collection of objects and memories that surround our everyday lives and which seek to escape from oblivion: stories without words, lost and misplaced items and fragments, which mould together in new locations and create new allegorical references. In 1989, he was awarded the Premi de Cinematografia from the Generalitat de Catalunya for best technician, and in 2005, he won the Premi Serra d'Or for best show.

R. Duran
Terrassa, Barcelona, 1931 - Barcelona, 2015

Ricard Duran
Sabadell, 1916 - Barcelona, 1986

Ricard Duran’s photographic oeuvre – one of the least known in Catalan photography – was mainly created in the 1950s and 1960s, taking a modern and personal view of the society of which he was a contemporary. Most of his portraits are compositions whereby the person (or a trace them) interacts with their surroundings, always from a distant position and precisely framed. He was a member of the Agrupació Fotogràfica de Catalunya and a co-founder of the Càmera Club Sabadell, dof the "Federación Española de Arte Fotográfico", of the Féderation Internationale de l'Art Photographique (FIAP) and the Photographic Society of America. In 1960 he was gained the prestigious recognition as Artist of the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP).

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