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.