Joan Rabascall
Paisatge Costa Brava (L'Escala vista des del cementiri)
Costa Brava Landscape (L'Escala view from the cemetery)
1982
Beaches full of cars, roadside pottery shops, cemeteries surrounded by apartment blocks, abandoned buildings... When Joan Rabascall photographed the north of the Costa Brava in the summer of 1982, the real landscape didn’t quite gel with the idyllic image that postcards and tour operators were peddling.

Conceived as a reflection on the idea of landscape, Rabascall’s series Paisatge Costa Brava (Costa Brava Landscape) avoids the usual, clichéd point of view, but rather directs the gaze beyond the picture frame. By printing the word ‘Landscape’ in six languages on the image, as if it were an actual postcard, the artist directly confronts popular customs and mass culture: the idyllic construction made by pictorial landscaping with the devastating consequences of mass tourism.
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original title
Paisatge Costa Brava (L'Escala vista des del cementiri)
year of acquisition
2008
type of object
Photography
dimensions
65 x 92 cm
Copyright
© Joan Rabascall, VEGAP, Barcelona
registration number
R.3224
date
1982
fonds
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of the Barcelona City Council
media
Photographic emulsion on canvas
credits
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term loan
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