Vila Casas Foundation
The Fundació Vila Casas, founded in 1986 by the pharmaceutical entrepreneur Antoni Vila Casas, is a private, non-profit making, organisation which has the promotion of contemporary Catalan art as its main aim. The central mission of the Fundació Vila Casas is to make tradition, culture and language the core of our country’s identity.
With five exhibition centres, all part of our architectural heritage, the foundation has become a platform for exhibiting the permanent collection and holding temporary shows of the artists featured in the collection.
In the socio-sanitary field the foundation promotes research with the aim of establishing dialogue between health care professionals, the media and society
Acquisition: María María Acha Kutscher. ADN Galería.
Olor Visual Collection
Ernesto Ventós is a creator of essences. The sense of smell is the tool he works with. But why look at artworks through this sense? Like the visual artist, the perfumer has to conjugate a wide range of materials to create his essences. The image of the work suggests a scent, which
he immediately connects to the memory of a particular moment. The sense of smell activates an area of the subconscious related to our emotions in a much more potent way than other senses such as sight or hearing. The works that make up the Colección olorVISUAL are very closely related to the collector in a personal, emotional way. The theme of the collection is the sense of smell and the capacity of the artworks to awaken a memory.
In 2002, Ernesto Ventós set out on the path of artistic creation. Under the name of NASEVO he invented noses in a variety of shapes, colours, materials and techniques: no more and no less than a homage to the tools of his craft and the organ that connects it to reality, and also to his memories, his experiences and, of course, to art.
Acquisition: Felipe Lavin. Factoría Santa Rosa.
Fundació Carmen & Lluís Bassat
The Carmen & Lluís Bassat Foundation, founded in 2000 by publicist Lluís Bassat, is a private non-profit organization whose main objectives are to help people in need and to promote contemporary Catalan art.
For more than 45 years, Carmen and Lluís Bassat have brought together a representative collection of art in our country – from the second half of the 20th century to our days – which from the year 2010 is exhibited at the Nau Gaudí from Mataró, the first building built by Antoni Gaudí. Chaired by the Mayor of Mataró, a public-private consortium was created with the aim of contributing to the conservation of the collective heritage and its dissemination. This is an initiative that bets, from Mataró, for the art and culture of the country and that through the Bassat Collection contributes to fill the chronological emptiness regarding the representation of these artists in the museums of Catalonia. It is intended to explain the succession of circumstances and facts that have led to contemporary art and, by means of the activities organized, place the Bassat Collection and the Nau Gaudí in the national and international circuits. Thus the collection has traveled to Alcobendas, Ávila, Valladolid, Bulgaria and New York.
Acquisition: Eva Miquel. Palmadotze.
The CC is one of the collections of contemporary art in Catalonia, which has been built for many years and wants to be a story of contemporaneity and a contribution to Catalan collecting. The Collection is interested in reflecting the complexity and transformation of human society in the late 20th and early 21st century.
It is also a collection where ways of thinking, freedom of expression and internationality are the axes that make the discourse, a global archive of artistic movements and the genres that art uses to express itself in this period.
The intention of its collector, Josep Maria Civit Gomis (born in Montblanc), has been to build this story or contemporary archive from conceptual, philosophical, literary perspectives and policies that made him recognize and feel his time. Civit invites us to understand different ways of thinking and dialoguing with the present. Cultural commitment, experimentation with the image and the practice of a mental adventure are the distinctive features of the collection. All this in the attempt to share a look beyond the retina.
Julia Llerena. RocioSantaCruz
Chelo Matesanz. Espacio Olvera
Fundació Lluís Coromina
The Fundació Lluís Coromina, with the support of Revista Bonart, maintains its commitment to contemporary art and acquires works by the following artists participating in Swab Barcelona 2019:
President of the jury: Lluís Coromina
Eva Miquel. Palmadotze
Antonella Montes. 3 Punts Galeria
Daniel Zerbst. Pantocrator Gallery
Alexis Cruces. Casa Equis
“Our collection is an eclectic tour of artists from the 1950s to the present day. The evolution of the collection began in 1995 with the purchase of a first multiple piece, since then it has been completed with the artistic currents of those years to contemporary art today, through works of art pop, street art, hyperrealism and conceptual with critical character. We are currently betting on young national artists, whose work moves us and transmits sensations to us; with this we are trying to support, as far as possible, the current artistic panorama.”