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XXXV International Congress of exlibrists 2014

Neo-xylography and ex-libris

10 April to 4 May 2014


The exlibrism Congress to be held these days is a sign of the actual prolongation of the taste for ex-libris - whatever being their tecniques and not only the xylographic one -, and welcomes, at the same time, an exhibition that becomes an opportunity to revise the neo-xylography all along a century, especially the one closer to us, the Catalan, but also the foreign. A magnificent gathering brought together that proceeds from the collection formed by the Contratalla house in Tarragona, dedicated to the world of engraving and directed by Marià Casas, an engraver himself.

In the exhibition there can be found the work of nearly a hundred "neoxylographers", many of them Catalan like the above mentioned Picasso, Torres-Garcia, Enric- C. Ricart, Josep Obiols, Lluís Jou, Antoni Ollé Pinell, Ricard Marlet and also Antoni Gelabert, R. Vives Sebaté, the Majorcan Xam, Jaume Pla, Enric Cluselles, Maria Josepa Colom, Josep Gual, Oriol M. Diví, Teresa Llàser i Miquel Plana, among many others. And the foreign names also present here are many, among the most famous there are Teodoro Miciano, Tranquillo Marangoni, Bruno da Osimo, Valentin le Campion or François Maréchal, and many others from the East of Europe, where a constant and well-perfected xylographic activity has been maintained all along the XX century.

It will also cover the skills of "La Torre de l'Encenall" and "Xilofòrum" the popular neo-xylography schools in Torredembarra and Alatafulla which, in the 70s, employed this technique under the teachings of Antoni Gelabert and Josep Gual.