The title feels like a premonition. D’ara i d’abans (From Now and Before) is a 1987 painting by Antoni Clavé, an artist born in Barcelona’s Raval neighbourhood, who moved to Paris at the end of the Spanish Civil War. A painter and sculptor, he soon became part of the so-called School of Paris, together with Picasso, Gris, Miró and Saura. In 1978, the Musée nationale d’art moderne de Paris, today the Centre Georges Pompidou, honoured him with a retrospective. With chromatic and textured works, his research into abstraction led him to simulate superimpositions of folded papers in a kind of abstract trompe-l’oeil. Such is the case with this painting, registered as number 1 in the MACBA Collection, a fonds that, twenty-five years later, includes over six thousand works. 

WORKS IN THE COLLECTION BY ANTONI CLAVÉ

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The objects are intended to have the objective character of industrial products. They are not intended to represent anything other than what they are. The previous categorization of the arts no longer exists.
Charlotte Posenenske