artist
Joan Ponç
birth
Barcelona, Spain, 28-11-1927
death
Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France, 1984
see too
Ponç i Bonet, Joan
last update
27-03-2024
Joan Ponç was born in Barcelona in 1927, where he studied painting under Ramon Rogent. From the beginning, in the 1940s, he developed a very personal symbolism: a world of his own inhabited by visions and imaginary beings with great visual strength. In the late 1940s, he became involved with different avant-garde initiatives, such as the magazine Algol in 1946 (with Francesc Boadella, Joan Brossa, Jordi Mercader, Arnau Puig and Enric Tormo) and the group Dau al Set (with Joan Brossa, Modest Cuixart, Arnau Puig, Antoni Tàpies and Joan-Josep Tharrats). Despite it being the height of the Franco regime, the latter group championed the artistic avant-garde and promoted a magical and mysterious dimension of reality. Ponç was a key contributor. A friend of Dalí and Miró, who recognised the power of his dreamlike Surrealism, Ponç collaborated with the poets/writers Josep Vicenç Foix, Joan Brossa, Luis Goytisolo and Joan Fuster. At the end of the seventies, and after a long stay in Brazil (1953–62), sight problems brought syncretism and intensity to his visionary and disturbing world. Despite going through different creative moments, he always displayed a strong creative freedom, following a certain primitivism and the so-called neo-avant-garde. His painting embodies a fascinating universe populated by singular beings, between grotesque and diabolic, tortured and premonitory, which allow him to explore the darkest realms of the human being. Ponç’s first solo exhibition was held at the Sala Arte, Bilbao, in 1946. Following which, he exhibited extensively in spaces such as the Galeria Clan, Madrid (1953), Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo (1954 and 1946), Galeria René Metras, Barcelona (1964), Olaf Hudtwalcker, Frankfurt (1965), Staempfli Gallery, New York (1966) and Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris (1978). Retrospective exhibitions of his work include those held at Galeria René Metras, Barcelona (1972), la Caixa de Barcelona Obra Social, Manresa (1980), La Pedrera, Barcelona, and Musée d’Art Moderne, Céret (2017–18). Ponç's work has a prominent presence in the holdings of the Catalan collector Salvador Riera. http://www.joanponc.cat
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Castellnou 2
1978
Joan Ponç
Kafka. Metamorfosi
1978
Joan Ponç
Mort confusa
1975
Joan Ponç
La pell de la pell
1970
Joan Ponç
Homenatge a Pompeu Fabra
1968
Joan Ponç
[Gravat]
[1967?]
Joan Ponç
[Galeria René Metrás]
1965
Joan Ponç
Gitana
1962
Joan Ponç
Mort
1962
Joan Ponç
Ocell negre
1961
Joan Ponç
Suite caps clàssics
1961
Joan Ponç
Suite caps
1959
Joan Ponç
Suite caps
1959
Joan Ponç
Sense títol
1955
Joan Ponç
Estació
1955
Joan Ponç
Composició
1955
Joan Ponç
Peixos
1955
Joan Ponç
Composició
1954
Joan Ponç
Dona nua i toro
1954
Joan Ponç
Figura
1954
Joan Ponç
Canelobre
1954
Joan Ponç
Composició
1954
Joan Ponç
Animal
1953
Joan Ponç
Personatge
1952
Joan Ponç
Animal
1952
Joan Ponç
Retrat
1952
Joan Ponç
Dimoni verd
1950
Joan Ponç
Nocturn
1950
Joan Ponç
Nocturn II
1950
Joan Ponç
Deu litografies
1949
Joan Ponç
[Gravat. 3-49]
1949
Joan Ponç
[Gravat]
1949
Joan Ponç
[Gravat]
1949
Joan Ponç
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Grups Dau al Set, Sílex
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1984
Grups Dau al Set, Sílex
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1984
Dau al Set [Edició facsímil (Art-3). Núm. 1]
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1981
Dau al Set [Edició facsímil (Art-3)]
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1981
Dau al Set [Edició facsímil (Art-3)]
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1981
Algol [edició facsímil]
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[1977?]
Algol [edició facsímil]
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[1977?]
Algol [edició facsímil]
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[1977?]
Devoraciones / Luis Goytisolo, Joan Ponç
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1976
97 notes sobre ficcions poncianes / textos: J.V. Foix ; dibuixos: Joan Ponç
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1974
97 notes sobre ficcions poncianes / textos: J.V. Foix ; dibuixos: Joan Ponç
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1974
97 notes sobre ficcions poncianes / textos: J.V. Foix ; dibuixos: Joan Ponç
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1974
97 notes sobre ficcions poncianes / textos: J.V. Foix ; dibuixos: Joan Ponç
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1974
Carta : la Roca, a Brossa [i.e. Joan Brossa], Barcelona, 1974 abr. 20
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1974
Ojos, círculos, buhos / Luis Goytisolo ; Joan Ponç
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1970
Carta : Cadaqués, Cesáreo Rodríguez Aguilera, [1969?]
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Esborrany de carta : [Barcelona?], a Joan Ponç, [1967?]
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[1967?]
Exposición Surrealismo : del 23-12-64 al 11-1-65, galería de arte Grises, Bilbao : originales de Cuixart, Dalí, Jardiel, Millares, Miró, Ponç, Saura, Tàpies, Tharrats / [texto: J.M. Moreno Galván]
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1965
Carta : Cadaqués, a Brossa [i.e. Joan Brossa], Barcelona, [196-?]
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[196-?]
Carta : [Cadaqués?], a Brossa [i.e. Joan Brossa], Barcelona, [196-?]
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[196-?]
Em va fer Joan Brossa / pròleg de Joao Cabral de Melo
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1951
Dau al Set [núm. 13]
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1950
Dau al Set [núm. 13]
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1950
Dau al Set [núm. 13]
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1950