Pilar Bonet Julve [Visionary Women Art-Research Group] is a professor of Art Criticism at the University of Barcelona. A critic and curator, in recent years she has dedicated herself to studying “artists who did not want to be artists”, highlighting her contributions towards the creativity of visionary European authors born before 1950, initiating a new critical space on graphic creation, and the textile and literary work of liminal women in the history of art from a feminist perspective, among them, the Catalan Josefa Tolrà (1880-1959) and the Aragonese Julia Aguilar (1899-1979).
Her research, exhibitions and publications in this new field of studies include: Josefa Tolrà. Médium y artista, Can Palauet, Mataró, 2014; Josefa Tolrà y Julia Aguilar: artistas y visionarias, Les Bernardes, Girona, 2017; ALMA. Médiums y visionarias, Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani, Palma, 2019; La mèdium i el poeta. Una conversa astral entre Josefa Tolrà i Joan Brossa, Fundació Joan Brossa, Barcelona, 2020. In this area of women’s artistic practices of emancipatory spirituality (spiritism, theosophy, anthroposophy), she has also recently presented, together with Maia Creus, Fina Miralles. Paraules fèrtils, Casa Elizalde, Barcelona, 2021.
She continues to run the independent research group Visionary Women Art and has just presented, at the University of Barcelona, the first International Seminar Art of Visionary Women, providing studies on social forms of emancipatory spirituality: spiritism, theosophy and anthroposophy.