Reflections and perspectives on Joan Brossa at the Barcelona University

The Barcelonès University hosts a talk on Joan Brossa with the aim of analyzing his work and legacy. Miguel Marcos, who has one of the most important collections of the artist, underlines the need to preserve this heritage in Catalonia with the joint support of the administrations and cultural institutions

D'esquerra a dreta: Lídia Penelo, Ferran Mascarell, Natàlia Chocarro i Miguel Marcos
Reflections and perspectives on Joan Brossa at the Barcelona University
Nora Barnach barcelona - 28/06/24

Last June 26, the Ateneu Barcelonès hosted the presentation of the monograph of the bonart/malart magazine, entitled Brossa: Art Expandit . The session delved deeper into the figure of Joan Brossa, one of the most outstanding artists of the Catalan panorama of the 20th century.

The presentation featured a round table moderated by journalist Lídia Penelo and featured prominent figures such as gallerist Miguel Marcos, recognized for his work in disseminating the artist's work; Natàlia Chocarro, art adviser to the presidency of the Vila Casas Foundation; and Ferran Mascarell, historian and politician.

Reflections and perspectives on Joan Brossa at the Barcelona University

The event revolved around the publication of the monograph and served as a platform to discuss the importance and impact of the work of this artist, an interdisciplinary, transversal and groundbreaking creator, who, clearly influenced by currents such as Dadaism and Surrealism, he ended up creating his own tradition.

During the session, the keys to understanding Brossa's extensive work and his influence in various artistic fields were presented. His experimental, surrealist poems, wordplay, transformations of common objects and the ability to merge the poetic with the visual are essential characteristics that have made him a source of inspiration for conceptual artists and graphic designers and they have led him to leave an indelible mark in the world of art.


Key issues on how to encourage and ensure the dissemination of Brossa's work were also discussed. Ferran Mascarell defended the importance of an effective state, with strong public administrations and sufficient resources for culture. For her part, Natàlia Chocarro opted for the internationalization of the work as a tool for its dissemination and preservation, arguing that bringing Brossa's creations beyond our borders is crucial to keep his legacy alive.

Miguel Marcos, one of the session's keynote speakers, shared his personal and professional experience in promoting Brossa's legacy. Marcos' fascination with the correlation between the artist's visual arts and poetry led him to devote more than ten years to the dissemination of his work, exporting it abroad and experiencing his surroundings closely. Marcos, claimed the importance of continuing to spread his work through joint efforts in order to ensure the preservation and promotion of his cultural legacy.

The event, which served to remember and celebrate the work of Joan Brossa, as well as to reflect on its importance and the need to continue spreading it nationally and internationally, concluded with the recital of the poem El Món , which served to remind us of the validity and power of the artist's words.

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