Ramon Casas (1866-1932) was a Catalan painter and graphic designer at the forefront of the Modernisme movement. He was also the co-founder of the famous Els Quatre Gats bar, a favourite hangout among the artistic crowd of the time. Shadow puppetry made its Barcelona debut in Els Quatre Gats and, this month, MNAC opens an exhibition featuring some of Casas’ Chinese shadow puppets. The exhibition forms part of a series of commemorative events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ramon Casas and features 11 of his lesser-known works, which are thought to be caricatures of: writer Àngel Guimerà, painter Maurici Vilomara, writer Pompeu Gener, co-founder of Els Quatre Gats Pere Romeu and Casas himself. The exhibition also includes other elements, such as posters, drawings, invitations and programmes related to Els Quatre Gats, that come from both the museum’s collection and external collections. The artistic and historical information on display will help the viewer to contextualise the use of these mediums and understand how they were used to break away from artistic norms of the time.
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