The sketches of Àlvar d'Orriols - a chronicle of exile

Up until the 17th of July La Casa Elizalde is hosting an exhibition entitled "Les fogueres del Pertús", a series of sketches that portray the passage of a group of republicans through the municipality of Le Perthus on their way to France

La Casa Elizalde is hosting an exhibition entitled Les fogueres del Pertús (The bonfires of Le Perthus), featuring a series of sketches made in 1939 by Àlvar d'Orriols (1894-1976). In a collection made under the most extreme circumstances the artist from Eixample portrays the long journey towards exile that he and a group of republicans made from Barcelona to France at the end of the Spanish Civil War.

In 1939 a small group of republicans who were fleeing from Barcelona in the face of Francoist repression sought refuge and were welcomed by the inhabitants of this small village in the region of Vallespir. One of the group was Àlvar d'Orriols, who illustrated and narrated his experiences during the journey in his book Les fogueres del Pertús.

La Casa Elizalde is hosting this chronicle of exile in an effort to both pay tribute to and recover the historical memory of a very significant figure in Catalan culture. A fervent promoter of popular theatre at the time, d'Orriols adapted and translated numerous theatrical works while simultaneously dedicating himself to other artistic disciplines such as poetry, drawing, sculpture, literature and music. His social and political inclinations obliged him to go into exile during the civil war and he died in Bayonne in 1976.
 

Les fogueres del Pertús 

When: until the 17th of July

Tickets: free entrance

Where: La Casa Elizalde

More information here

Publication date: Tuesday, 16 June 2015
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