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El Pati

In 1991, the architect Jaume Mutlló i Pàmies completed the project to redesign the Museum of Modern Art of Tarragona. The building was made up of a series of rooms, making uniformity and access to the Museum difficult. The redesign project integrated these spaces and made them more diaphanous, creating the present distribution of the rooms.

One of the most noteworthy areas is the Museum’s patio. The solution adopted for its roof allows the entry of more natural light, illuminating the rooms that open up around it.

Far from being an area of transit, the architect has conceived it as an area for reflection and contemplation. The fountain, the sound of the water, the verticality of its forms and the sculptures allow the visitor to access the upper floor and discover a small exhibition of works that form part of the museum’s collection.


El Mausoleo Lemonier (The Lemonier Mausoleum) (1916-1919)

This was the last commissioned work by Julio Antonio (Mora d’Ebre, 1889 - Madrid, 1919).

It is a funerary monument for one of the children of the Lemonier family, who had died at the age of eleven. The figure of the mother is made of bronze, while the son is made of white marble. A dramatic work in which it is possible to observe the influence of his former teacher Miquel Blay. This work was exhibited at the Palcio de Bibliotecas y Museos del Parque de Recoletos, the headquarters of the Sociedad Española de los Amigos del Arte, in Madrid, creating plenty of expectation and large queues to visit it. The work, which was made for the tomb of the boy, was never deposited there and in 1940 the Lemonier family deposited it at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Madrid, before being transferred to the San Telmo Museum of San Sebastian, where it was acquired by the Diputació de Tarragona.

Francesc Anglès i Garcia (Terrassa, 1938)
Francesc Anglès, Homenatge a Julio Antonio

In 1963 he graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Barcelona, before producing his first work as a sculptor in 1970.

The sculptures of Francesc Anglès are characterised by the presence of human figures and his ensemble works which create an atmosphere close to reality. Francesc Anglès is known for his white sculptures and for his human subject matter. He also worked with all kinds of materials, including stone, bronze and wood.

Manel Margalef (Amposta, 1964)
Manel Margalef, Sense títol

Trained at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Barcelona, he is a lecturer at the Tarragona School of Art. His early career was as a painter, where he expressed a preoccupation with geometrical forms, as demonstrated in his works of the late 80s and early 90s, in which a constructive character predominates.

Later moving towards the object world, he commences a new line of research based on a landscape familiar to him, which he uses as a reference: the Delta de l’Ebre. This work by Manel Margalef reveals his desire to reclaim objects related to the farming industry, in this case rice farming, decontextualising them from their original use to turn them into objects of art, as an exaltation of popular and ancestral culture.

Madola (Barcelona, 1944)
Madola, Aigües perdudes

Madola, M. Àngels Domingo Laplana, she studied ceramics at the Massana School of Barcelona and at the Crafts School. She later graduated at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Barcelona.

Since 1996, Madola has staged art exhibitions in many regions of Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, the Canary Isles and Seville) and many other countries including France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, the United States, Japan, South Korea, Mexico and China.

She has been awarded many prizes. She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics based in Geneva and is a member of the UNESCO World Crafts Council in Paris.

She has been invited by public and private institutions to give conferences and workshops on ceramics, and in particular, on ceramics in public spaces.

Her works are owned by various institutions and collectors, in particular national and international museums.

Since 1990, she has produced works for public spaces in Catalonia, Spain and abroad.

Since 1980, she has also been working on painting on paper and photography while making ceramic pieces.

Rufino Mesa (Valle de Santa Ana, 1948)
Rufino Mesa, Restos de mi herencia

He studied Delineation and later graduated in Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona (1976); he also studies Art History at the Faculty of Geography and History, in addition to cinema and television at the Theatre Institute in the same city. In 2006 he obtains a doctorate with an excellent cum laude from the University of Barcelona. Doctoral thesis: Anell de pedra (Ring of stone) (1997-2006). He was Director of the Reus School of Art from 1980 to 1990, and a sculpture lecturer at the same school. He is currently a photography lecturer at the School of Art and Design of the Diputació de Tarragona. He exhibits his work in Catalonia, in many regions of Spain (Logroño, Madrid, Valencia, Merida, Badajoz, Pamplona, Bilbao, Saragossa, Valladolid and Seville) and abroad (Berlin, Andorra, Munich, Frankfurt, Paris and Tokyo). One of his more recent projects is the Comella, a sculpture park, the current residence of the artist, where trees, typical Mediterranean flora and the sculptures of Rufino Mesa live alongside each other.

Martí Royo (L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, 1949 - Altafulla, 1997)
Martí Royo, Espina

Trained at the Workshop and School of Art of Tarragona and at the Sant Jordi School of Fine Arts of Barcelona, he combined his sculpture studies working at the workshop of the sculptor Joan Rebull. He was an artist who experimented continually, seeking new techniques and new material possibilities. He was particulary interested in working with textures and rough surfaces with a certain primitive quality. Concerned with simple things, he sought the most essential in this work, both formally and conceptually. One of his aims was to create works in order to integrate them in their surroundings. This was one of his aims, to create sculptures that could be placed in the open air. One of his most important works was the dragon-like figure that is located at the Vespella de Gaià open air museum.