Guillem Velado invites his “friends home” at the last stop of the exhibition marking the centenary of his birth – La Mañana

Guillem Velado invites his “friends home” at the last stop of the exhibition marking the centenary of his birth – La Mañana

The exhibition “Guillem Viladot and the Creators of Ponent” marks the end of his journey in the city of Agramunt (Urgell), the artist’s hometown. Until April 20, the Le Bardal House Museum will be the stage for around fifty works that explore the dialogue between Guillem Velado and other Ledda icons from the world of art and culture, such as Leander Christofol, Josep Valverdo, Manuel de Pedrolo or Luis Trebat. With whom the Ajramoun artist established “crucial” relationships in his career. Indeed, these creative and friendly relations are the focus of the monolithic publication published by the Museum Network in collaboration with Editorial Fonoll which will be available in museums and libraries from next week.

A year and a half after its first exhibition at the Regional Museum of Tarija and after touring various facilities in the demarcation of Lleida, the exhibition “Guillem Veladot and the Creators of Ponent” arrives at its final stop in the artist’s birthplace. “For us, it is important that he brings his friends home,” said exhibition curator Bao Minguit, noting that “Viladot is unimaginable without Agramonte.”

In this sense, Menguet explains that Veladot's work is conditioned by the reality of the municipality and that the artist used in his works the typical elements of an agricultural town like Agramont. “He redefined obsolete tools in the sector and incorporated them into his creations,” he said.

The exhibition, born out of the celebration of the centenary of Veladot's birth and encompassing various disciplines, explores the relationships the artist established with Leander Cristóvol, Josep Iglesias del Marque, Luis Trebat, Josep Valverdo, Daniel Gilabert, Albert Coma Estadella, Josep. Genovart and Manuel De Pedrolo. “These were double-edged people who wanted to shine rays of light into the darkness of the dictatorship,” Mingit explains, which made them a “combined force.”

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The network of contacts between these Western artists was also transferred to paper through a publication intended to become a reference book in the study of avant-garde creativity in the country.

Specifically, the authors who collaborated on this publication are art historian, cultural director, and journalist Christina Mungay; Director of the Moreira Museum in Lleida, Jesús Navarro; architect and anthropologist Mark Verdis; philosopher and researcher Barbara Piare; art critic and writer Manuel Guerrero; Historian and writer Xavier Garcia. art historian Esther Soulé; And the linguist and director of the Marius Torres Chair at the University of Lleida, Juan Ramón Fini Mesquida.

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