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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.


Joan Ponç
Barcelona, 1927 - Sant Pau de Vença, França, 1984

The constant search for occultism steeped in Freudian psychoanalytical thought positions Joan Ponç as one of the national greats of the surrealist school.  Influenced by his friendship with Josep Vicenç Foix and Joan Brossa, his early paintings reflect a schematic primitivism where anthropomorphic figures coexist with the vegetable, transporting us to a fantasy world of dreams and the subconscious.  Ponç was founder of the first avant-garde magazine Algol and the Dau al Set group, together with Modest Cuixart, Antoni Tàpies, Joan Josep Tharrats, Joan Brossa, Arnau Puig and the critic Juan Eduardo Cirlot. In 1965 he was awarded the Grand Prize for Drawing at the 7th Sao Paulo Biennial for his series Suite pájaros.

Espe Pons
Barcelona, 1973

Espe Pons specializes in reportage and artistic photography and her professional activity is spread between commissions and her personal creation. From a static perspective, her work opens a path to an inner reflection and the evocation of memory based on an almost documentary approach to the places she portrays. Her landscapes and spaces, which rarely include the human figure, exude silence and yet at the same time condense diverse emotions which, from a position of absence, make the human being present. This play on absence–presence is also evident in the artist’s interest in historical memory which has led her, through the use of her camera, to bring events that history had erased to light. 

Lisette Pons
Barcelona, 1955

Despite having a special interest in the surroundings, Lisette Pons’s photographs do not keep a documentary distance, but instead seek to bear witness to the artist’s feelings and experiences. In this way, they become a fragment of the memory and of what endures after contact with the world.

The black and white and the process of research in the laboratory give the final result a certain abstraction that adds a highly emotional aspect to the photographs. In a period such as the current one, in which the photographic image is abundant and constantly communicative, the artist offers us some silent photographs that allow us to reflect on human behaviour and existence.

Barcelona, 1946

Alexandra Porta
Barcelona, 1977

Josep Porta Galobart
Berga, 1888 - Barcelona, 1958

Olga Praderas
Barcelona, 1966

Joan Priego
Barcelona, 1969

Eugeni Prieto
Tortosa, Tarragona, 1950

Photographer and independent curator, Prieto makes portraits without seeking originality. He seeks an exchange of looks between the subject and the photographer who is portraying them, which results in a character who gazes at the viewer in a very deep way. Void of distractions or other elements in the way, his photographs are descriptive and with a clear and natural look.

He held the exhibition Punt de Vista (Point of view) at Museu Palau Solterra, in homage to the photograph Somiant (Dreaming) that the artist Pere Formiguera took of Antoni Vila Casas, in a dialogue with portraits of forty artists linked to Fundació Vila Casas and the Empordà.

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