Arthur Cravan. Maintenant?
The Barcelona of the First World War years was a complex city, fully immersed in various social and political conflicts, and culturally very active, thanks, in part, to the presence of many artists who took refuge there. Within this context of vibrant modernity, an enigmatic and complex character arrived in the city to fight in a boxing match: Arthur Cravan. The Museu Picasso has wanted to dedicate an exhibition to this controversial figure -poet and writer, dadaist "avant la lettre", boxer, lecturer, performer, traveller─ who in 1916 took on the world champion Jack Johnson and managed to disturb the microcosm of Barcelona for a few weeks. His rather unconventional life and his disappearance continues to turn him, even today, into a myth with a lot to discover. The exhibition, which counts on a large volume of written and graphic documentation, helps us to approach some of these less known aspects of the trajectory of Cravan, and it is, at the same time, an excellent prelude to understanding the cultural environment of a Barcelona that Picasso would visit the following year.

 

Title: Arthur Cravan. Maintenant?
Author: Emmanuel Guigon, Georges Sebbag, Jean-Paul Morel, Aitor Quiney, Erich Weiss
Year: 2017
Pages: 320
Languages: Catalan/English, Castilian/English, French/English
Size: 16 x 22 cm
Publisher: Fundació Museu Picasso de Barcelona /Silvana Editoriale, Milan
ISBN: Catalan/English 978-84-946450-7-5 Castilian/English 978-84-946450-8-2 French/English 978-84-946450-9-9 French/English (Silvana Editoriale) 978-88-366373-5-5

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