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This Casas' exceptional collection that is conserved by the museum has been recently enriched with a very original, strange and singular ingress: a group of 11 shadow puppets, designed by Casas, cut and constructed by the Josep Meifrèn, painter Eliseu Meifrèn's brother and member of "Els Quatre Gats", circle of friends. This is a unique set in its genre that establishes a visible relation with modernity.
The discovery documents the contact between Ramon Casas' work with very popular artistic practices that, following the Parisian cabarets model and café-théâtre, achieved a wide circulation among bohemian media in Barcelona. It has been possible to identify the represented people's identity, which are included, probably, Àngel Guimerà, Maurici Vilomara, Pompeu Gener, Pere Romeu and a Casas' self-portrait.
The exhibition will include other graphic elements such as posters, drawings, invitations, programmes, many of which are part of the museum's collection and private collectors and have not been published. This artistic and documental material will help to context the genesis of these playful practices that, like the Chinese shadows, the marionette show, or the interest towards circus, were a sign of the need that those artists from Barcelona of that time felt to break away.
This intervention along the modern art rooms, which brings to light an interesting set of unpublished graphic work, that forms part of the commemoration events to celebrate the painter Ramon Casas' 150th birth anniversary (1866-1932).
To know more: Ramon Casas and the Chinese Shadow Puppets. Bohemia and the popular imaginary