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Vilató 1921-2000. Barcelona – París. The Road to Freedom

Extended to November 11th.

The museum is one of the five venues of this exhibition, an homage that the Ajuntament de Barcelona dedicates to this artist.

Picasso's nephew, Javier Vilató maintained a close relationship with his uncle and was instrumental in the donation process that the artist made in 1970 to Barcelona.

Vilató 1921-2000. Barcelona-Paris. The Road to Freedom

From May 17th on, the Museu Frederic Marès, Fundació Vila Casas, Sala Dalmau, Galeria Joan Gaspar and the Museu Picasso, will host the joint exhibition "Vilató (1921-2000). Barcelona-Paris. The Road to Freedom."

This exhibition is curated by the artist's son Xavier Vilató, and coordinated by Pilar Velez, director of the Barcelona Disseny Hub (DHUB). The show pays homage to the passionate and tireless life of the artist, which cultivated painting, printmaking and sculpture, first in Barcelona and, from 1946 on, in Paris, where he went on a scholarship by the French Institute of Barcelona and permanently remained.

At the same time, with this tribute the Ajuntament de Barcelona wishes to thank the artist's participation in the donation process that his uncle Pablo Picasso made to Barcelona in 1970. This donation of works that the Vilató Ruiz family had stored for decades at their home, after the departure of Picasso to Paris at the beginning of the twentieth century, is now part of the important heritage of the Museu Picasso.

Javier Vilató (Barcelona, 1921–París, 2000)

Familiar since his childhood with the art world, in Paris Javier Vilató -son of Picasso’s sister Lola and the Catalan neuropsychiatrist, Joan Baptista Vilató -submerged himself in the new way of living and feeling art brought forth by his uncle, fleeing from established parameters and seeking his own identity.

If a trait characterized the life and work of Vilató -beyond that of his attraction to Mediterranean light, which is made evident in his use of color-, is his interest, or rather, his gaze on his surroundings, often his immediate and intimate environment. Vilató was always a great portraitist, including his latest works which are sculptural portraits. Loved women, children, friends and pets -dogs, horses or insects- are depicted under the gaze of the portraitist, including everyday household objects such as fruits, pitchers or lamps. Subjects, all of them, which reflected his personal reflection on life in an open, energetic and passionate way.

Javier Vilató at his studio on Boulevard Raspail

(+) Museu Picasso PEOPLE

From May 17th to September 30th, 2012

Extended to November 11th

Besides presenting a series of printed documents, manuscripts and photographs that inform on the career and the world of the artist, some thirty paintings are shown, always featuring the human figure, mainly female portraits of –either visible or hidden- his sentimental companions and several self- portraits.

Free entrance

(+) Museu Frederic MarèsIN BRONZE

From May 17th to September 30th, 2012

This exhibition is dedicated to sculpture in bronze, which Vilató cultivated during the last three years of his life (1997-2000). Upon his death, he left seventeen works to the museum, ten of which can be seen in the museum courtyard, outdoors, as the artist would have liked.

(+) Museu Frederic Marès

(+) Fundació Vila Casas LITTLE ANIMALS

From May 17th to July 22nd, 2012

Exhibited are some fifty works, the protagonists of which are always animals: his dogs, Canela and Blanquita, donkeys, the mosquitoes that accompanied the summer nights in Lo Mompeán (Alicante), or the hoopoe, that loved bird... portraits full of life, sensitivity and warm irony.

(+) Fundació Vila Casas

(+) Sala Dalmau THINGS

From May 17th to July 27th, 2012

This exhibition focuses on paintings of still lifes: vases, fruits, musical instruments... Thirty works that are good examples of his interest in the objects that were part of his immediate surroundings and a taste for this genre since the beginning of his career.

(+) Sala Dalmau

(+) Galeria Joan Gaspar IN PAPER

From May 17th to June 30th, 2012

A group of books and prints are shown in this exhibition devoted to engraving, which had an important place in the production of Vilató. In 1939, by the hand of his uncle, he made his first etching in copper at the Lacourière workshop in Paris. Well acquainted with all the techniques, he became a great engraver, while also working at the service of the bibliophile.

(+) Galeria Joan Gaspar

  • - Museu Picasso: PEOPLE "Vilató 1921-2000. Barcelona-París.
    The Road to Freedom" "
  • - Director Bernardo Laniado-Romero
  • - Curator Xavier Vilató
  • - General coordinator Pilar Velez, director of the Barcelona Disseny Hub (DHUB)
  • - Coordination of the exhibition PEOPLE Malén Gual,
    curator at the Picasso