Ramon Casas and the shadow puppets at Els Quatre Gats. Bohemia and the popular imaginary
Barcelona, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)
30 June – 20 October 2016
The collection of Ramon Casas’s works held by MNAC has recently been enriched with the acquisition of an unusual group of 12 ‘Chinese shadow’ drawings or silhouettes designed by Casas, and cut and constructed by the painter Josep Meifrèn (Eliseu Meifrèn’s brother) and member of the circle of friends associated with the Els Quatre Gats bar. The display documents the link between Casas’ work and the artistic practices modelled on those popular in Parisian cabarets and adopted by Barcelona’s bohemia. The people portrayed in the silhouettes have been identified and include the owner of thr bar Pere Romeu and a Casas’ self-portrait. The exhibition will include other graphic elements such as posters, photographs, drawings, invitations, programmes, many of which are part of the museum’s collection and have not been published before.