[Dialogue ]

Painting, Music and Heritage

Now and Nothingness

Pep Camps and Carme Sanglas

Curator: Carme Sais


From 19 July to 29 September 2019

Vernissage: Friday 19 July at 7.00 pm

This exhibition is part of the Schubertíada Festival of Vilabertran

(from 17 to 31 August 2019)

Santa Maria de Vilabertran House of Canons


July and August

Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 1.30 pm and from 3.00 pm to 6.30 pm


Thursday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 1.30 pm and from 3.00 pm to 5.30 pm

Sundays and public holidays from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm

Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time


Dialogues: Painting, Music and Heritage is a summer exhibition series that brings together three mainstays of culture - painting, music and heritage - at the Santa Maria de Vilabertran House of Canons.


For 27 years, this space has hosted the Schubertíada, an international festival dedicated to the world of Romantic lieder and chamber music.


For the fifth year in a row, a contemporary painting exhibition curated by Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre in Girona is being held in conjunction with the festival.



Carme Sanglas: "A Silent World"

(Barcelona, 1953; currently living and working in Ordis)



Carme Sanglas holds a BA in History of Art and studied fine art at the University of Barcelona. Her work is based on an intimate, personal and refined iconographic language that seeks to connect with the spectator's own experiences. Her paintings, done in a stylised and symbolic figurative style, explore memory. In her pieces, we find references to primitive, ancient and neoclassical art that engage in a dialogue with reality today through a certain timeless spirituality.

She has shown work in exhibitions in Barcelona and in the Girona area, notably at the Vila Casas Foundation, the Girona Museum of Art and the Torroella de Montgrí Museum of the Mediterranean. Many of her illustrations have been published and her work is found in public and private collections around Catalonia.


Sanglas researches traditional artistic techniques and in her paintings uses tempera in earthy colours on wood, paper or lead, overlaying gold leaf on them to add light to works that in many cases start with an opaque ground. Attracted by the quality of the materials and by the forms of the past, Sanglas employs tools that have fallen into abeyance and uses the old technique of terracotta to make sculptures that resemble offerings in ancient cultures.


For this exhibition, she has created and selected works connected with four core themes that are recurrent in her imaginary: home, the sea, the land and the stars, ignoring the human figure which is, nevertheless, highly characteristic of her work. References to distant worlds, times long gone by and essential elements are constants, as are the idea of travel, refuge, danger, time and life, expressed through enigmatic figures that stir the spectator's imagination and suggest various different meanings.


Carme Sanglas's body of work is a paean to life and, at the same time, a reflection on death through silence. Her perceivable universe praises what is primary in order to illuminate that which is profound and almost belief.


Carme Sais


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Pep Camps: The Body, Bread, Power and Knowledge

(Girona, 1962; currently living and working in both Girona and Parlavà)



Pep Camps is a painter and multidisciplinary artist. He studied History of Art at the University of Barcelona and has furthered his cultural learning in a self-taught manner through his interest in art, literature and film. Over the course of his career, Camps has experimented with performance, installation art, ceramic, printmaking and sculpture, with painting and drawing his two main mediums of expression. His trips to Berlin, Morocco, New York and Asia have influenced his work, which he has shown in Barcelona, Madrid, Bangkok, Valencia, Zurich and a number of cities in France, Italy and El Gironès in Catalonia. His work is held in public and private collections in Europe. He has lectured in painting since 2000 at the Girona Municipal School of Art.


Camp's paintings incorporate symbolic and figurative elements that create assorted connections and associations. Over and above the formal materialisation of his works, the artist suggests a conceptual reading that becomes spiritual and enigmatic in some cases and reflective and poignant in others.


The spirituality of the Santa Maria de Vilabertran House of Canons has influenced Camps' selection and creation of the works featured in this exhibition. The polyptych Body, Bread, Power and Knowledge is the centre of the display and reinforces the symbolic charge the artist seeks to confer on the whole. The paintings in this work add a new iconography and symbology to the pantheon that Camps has been exploring, leading to the formulation of his particular iconography. The triptych The Painter, the Cat and the World acts as a self-portrait of the artist and heightens the symbolic aspect of the exhibition.


Special mention must also be made of the group of paintings on the origins of the world - inspired by the paintings by Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin (1699-177) of people building houses of cards - that calls to mind Stanley Kubrick's iconic film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Lastly, the exhibition is completed by small-format paintings of bands of colour that transport us to the landscape of L'Empordà and by a selection of photocopies of found, appropriated and reference archive images that the artist collects.


Carme Sais


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