The KBr Fundación MAPFRE Center in Barcelona presents the exhibitions “Tina Modotti” and “Catalonia Jules Ainaud (1871-1872)”

MAPFRE Foundation Presented today June 6 exhibitions Tina Modotti And Catalonia Jules Aynaud (1871-1872), which can be visited until September 3, at the KBr Photography Center, located at Avenida Litoral, 30, in Barcelona.

Tina Modotti

the life of Tina Modotti It marked some of the most important historical events of the 1920s and 1930s. His nomadic life and frantic political struggle led to Modotti’s abrupt departure from several of the countries in which he lived, which, as the curator, Isabel Tejeda notes, “removes context and corrupts her production, making it impossible to accurately date many of her pictures”, although it can be argued Almost all of her photographic work was produced between 1923 and 1930.

During these Mexican years and after his training with WestonThe artist evolved from the perfection of formalism to a different and personal perspective conditioned by her way of seeing life, as an immigrant, woman, and political activist, where her attraction to man and social injustice stands out.

It then depicts the precarious conditions of workers and the inequality and misery of urban areas. It also focuses on women and their role within society, as well as the forms and symbols of working-class emancipation. In his eagerness to awaken consciences, Modotti created images denouncing injustice and honoring the disenfranchised, some of whom advertising purpose Designed for printing in publications and magazines.

Presented by Fundación MAPFRE, the exhibition consists of approx 240 photosMost of the reproductions of the period, which are grouped into four sections: The Early Years: From Udine to Los Angeles, Mexico On the Other Side of the Camera, Photography and Political Engagement, and Passage to Political Action: Spain at War.

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In addition to emphasizing his connection to Spain, the exhibition reconstructs Modotti’s personality, both in his role as artist/photographer and in his role in Revolutionary fighter / anti-fascist. In addition, a huge amount of documentary material and one of the films in which Modotti starred was presented in Hollywood. The work of photographers close to him, such as Edward Weston, completes the tour.

Catalonia Jules Aynaud (1871-1872)

This exhibition, which continues the line of exhibition programming initiated by Fundación MAPFRE with the aim of deepening knowledge of archives and photographic collections, presents photographic works that Jules Einod He made it during his trip through Catalonia between 1871 and 1872. The exhibition thus restores his authorship and makes the work of this photographer known.

It has been more than one hundred and fifty years since the collection of photographs by Jules Ainaud in Catalonia commissioned by the Laurent House was exhibited, for the first and so far only time, at the Barcelona Athenaeum. Like the Levante region portraits that company markets, this exciting collection of images has long been considered the work of the artist himself. Jane Laurent. “Today (…) with the documentary evidence on the table, it can be confirmed that Jules Ainaud is the actual author of those snapshots taken in this region and which the house of J. Laurent has marketed in the 1872 and 1879 catalogs,” says the curator of the specimen, Pocket Marty Piggett.

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the signature J Laurent In which Ainaud worked, it was founded in Madrid in 1856 by the Frenchman Jean Laurent, and represents the main example in Spain of the emergence and development, since the mid-nineteenth century, of companies designed to meet the ever-increasing demand for photographs. Portraits, but also reproductions of artwork, landscapes, cityscapes, and monuments.

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The exhibition presents one hundred vintage prints on albumen paper from wet collodion glass negatives. In addition, collect Fourteen stereoscopic views and thirteen glass plate negatives It is these views that allow us to appreciate the richness of detail of the picture compared to works on paper. All of these pictures were included in the catalogs that Laurent used to market between 1872 and 1879. Oil painting de Ainaud, the only surviving document and four letters telling of the journey the author made through Catalonia in 1871 and 1872.

Activities parallel to exhibitions


June 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Jules Ainaud, “The Photographer Who Admires Beauty,” Marty Paget’s Jeb

Face to face and online

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June 13, 7:00 p.m.

Tina Modotti, Posted by Isabel Tejeda

Face to face and online

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June 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Leopard Coat, Catherine Vincent

Proposal for live music and cinema around the exhibition Tina Modotti. The Tiger’s Coat (1920) is a silent film by American director Roy Clements, with Modotti playing the lead role alongside Lawson Butt. French duo Catherine Vincent will set live music for this film that, under her intervention, acquires a touch of musical comedy.

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