La Ricarda: Two Views, a New Exhibit

An exhibition of photographs of the iconic house La Ricarda opened today at Fundació Joan Miró of Barcelona. La Ricarda, in El Prat del Llobregat, was built by the brother of one of the exhibit’s featured photographers, Joaquim Gomis. It was a center of avant-garde events for Catalonia in the 1960s. The photographs by Joaquim Gomis and Magels Lambet show La Ricarda during the ’60s as well as in the decades after it was inhabited. Many well-known artists, including John Cage, Merce Cunningham, David Tudor, Gordon Mumma, plus many other pioneers of electronic music are captured in the photographs. The exhibition curators draw on foundational new research by Antoni Pizà, including the essays “¿Normal para España? (La primera actuación de John Cage en España hace cincuenta años),” (in the Fundación Juan March catalog for Escuchar con los ojos: arte sono en España, 1961-2016, 2016) and “Joan and John: How Miró Sponsored the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in Sitges in 1966,” in the newly published festschrift, Music Cultures in Sounds, Words, and Images: Essays in Honor of Zdravko Blažeković  (Hollitzer, 2018). 

The exhibit runs through the end of September.