Retrat de Bertrana al seu retorn de la Polinèsia, els primers anys trenta.

The years of the Spanish Republic were a golden age for Aurora Bertrana, not only from a literary point of view but also for her public activism.

Foto: Álbum de Clotilde Cerdà i Bosch. Biblioteca de Catalunya

During the final third of the 19th century, feminist and anti-slavery thoughts and actions could have consequences. The composer and harpist Clotilde Cerdà i Bosch, daughter of the painter Clotilde Bosch and her husband Ildefons Cerdà, experienced it first-hand.

Foto: Kim Manresa / Arxiu Històric de Roquetes-Nou Barris

The demolition of a polluting asphalt plant in early 1977, by the very residents who were suffering its effects, lay at the heart of the Nou Barris Athenaeum, a leading player in the social mobilisation and cultural revitalisation of the city’s northern neighbourhoods after the death of the Spanish dictator, Franco.

Foto: Audouard / Fondo Granados del Museu de la Música

As a renowned composer of piano pieces, an acclaimed performer and an educator who created his own school, Enric Granados was deeply involved in the movements that laid the foundations for Barcelona’s solid musical culture.

Photo: Pilar Aymerich

An author with a variety of registers and a novelist of the viscera of classical Barcelona, Montserrat Roig wrote about and experienced deeply everything she had at hand. Her research into Catalans in Nazi camps signalled a turning point in her career. This November marks the 25th anniversary of her death.

Foto: Pere Virgili.
Fontserè a casa seva, a Porqueres, l’any 2003, al costat del seu cartell més conegut, Llibertat!, que va fer l’any 1936 per a la CNT-FAI.

On the centenary of his birth, we remember Carles Fontserè for the posters he designed during the Spanish Civil War, but we also want to highlight his dedication to set design, photography, writing and to life itself: the many interests of an artist, a true character, who defined himself as a real nosy parker.

Maria Aurlèlia Capmany en la legendaria sala La Cova del Drac, con motivo de la presentación de una obra de teatro-cabaret, en 1989.
Foto: Robert Ramos.

2 October will mark a quarter of a century since the death of Maria Aurèlia Capmany (1918-1991), a versatile author who for over 30 years remained at the centre of the cultural scene. She worked in all genres, although her essays on feminism and young people are of particular note.

The corner of Carrer de la Llibereteria and Carrer de la Freneria, where the families of Antoni Brusi and Eulàlia Ferrer had their respective businesses.
Photo: Dani Codina

Born in 1780 into a family of booksellers and printers, Eulàlia Ferrer first collaborated with her husband, Antoni Brusi, in the management of the Diario de Barcelona. Following her spouse’s death, she headed the newspaper known popularly by the family surname.

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The Arrival of Roger de Flor in Constantinople, oil painting by José Moreno Carbonero (1888), from the Palace of the Senate in Madrid, which shows almogàvers marching before the Byzantine Emperor Andronikos II in 1303.

Centenaries should act as a stimulus to read the works of those they commemorate, and this is what we should do on the occasion of the 750th anniversary of Ramon Muntaner. But how should we read him? The fact is that we find ourselves before one of the greatest manipulators of our medieval past.

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Pere Astort found success in several countries with compositions he wrote himself, inspired by popular music from the other side of the Atlantic. The so-called Boston waltzes made him famous under his pseudonym Clifton Worsley.

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Rosa Sensat durante una clase al aire libre.

Rosa Sensat, a groundbreaking teacher

Albert Esteruelas Teixidó

Rosa Sensat’s greatest pedagogical work, the Escola del Bosc, saw the light on 8 May 1914. It was both an institution promoting cleanliness and a testing ground for the values of the pedagogical vanguard. Its founder wanted it to become a model for educational reform during the Spanish Republic.

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Imatge de 1925 de Maria Sabaté, secretària de direcció i anunciadora a qui s’havia considerat equivocadament com la primera locutora de Ràdio Barcelona.

A radio pioneer forgotten

Sílvia Espinosa

Maria Cinta Balagué was ahead of her time with a magazine-format programme especially for women. The significant contributions made as a radio presenter by this Barcelona native, who worked in the Barcelona City Council until her retirement in 1968, have only recently been reconstructed.

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El doctor Manuel Ribas l’any 1888, quan va participar al Congrés de Ciències Mèdiques que es va celebrar en el marc de l’Exposició Universal. Aquell mateix any es va casar amb Carme Casas i Güell, amb qui tindria nou fills.

Doctor Manuel Ribas i Perdigó, born in 1859 in a chocolate shop in Carrer de Ferran, graduated in 1880. Four years later he took up a teaching position at the School of Medicine, where he was to become the most important colleague of the future mayor of Barcelona, Doctor Robert. He chaired the Royal Academy of Medicine from 1924 until his death, in 1927.

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El gorila albino del zoológico de Barcelona, Copito de Nieve, visita al alcalde en el Ayuntamiento, en marzo de 1967

As mayor of Barcelona (1957–1973), Porcioles embodied Franco’s prototypic Catalan collaborator. He played a key role in an operation conceived to clean up the image of the regime; he was criticised for the construction of the sprawling urban Barcelona, but he was also praised for achievements such as the Picasso Museum and the return of the Compilation of the Catalan Civil Code.

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Sabater Pi, at the site of the collection donated to Barcelona University.

Doctor Jordi Sabater Pi’s most important contribution to science is related to the discovery of chimpanzee cultures. His studies and observations on this subject, published in the world’s most important scientific journals, have been decisive in changing the anthropocentric view of the universe.

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Directius del FOC visiten les obres d’obertura de la Via Laietana el mateix any del seu inici, 1908.

Senyor Tonet of Sants

Enric Gomà

Antoni Piera i Jané was a quiet, tough and resolute man. He never talked about himself or his work, and was not one for waxing lyrical. He was what men used to be like back then, before they were defeated

Carmen Amaya

“I was born by the sea. My life and my art were born of the sea. My name is Carmen Amaya y Amaya. I am Amaya twice over, as both my father and mother were called Amaya. All the Amayas in the world are my cousins.”

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Tort at a presentation of the lower-category teams at the Barça Mini-stadium.

FC Barcelona, or Barça, as it is known, and the way it is today, would be impossible to understand without the semi-anonymous figure of Oriol Tort Martínez (Barcelona 1929–1999), the talent spotter who discovered Guardiola, Iniesta and Xavi, and a

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Activitat a l’Escola de Puntaires de Barcelona.

Ignàsia, daughter of the artisan Pere Claver, and wife to the shoemaker Gaspar Robira, mastered the art of lace-making and engaged in the manufacture of this fabric, which she supplemented with a clothes-making business and money-lending. The industrialist eventually set up a production network that comprised the output of women working in 13 different towns of the area around Barcelona, from Maresme to Baix Llobregat.

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This year marks the centenary of three Barcelona-born writers who, although their lives ran in parallel, shaped by the tragic circumstances of the war, defeat and exile, are fundamentally different in their creative aspects. Barcelona does not feature prominently in

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Bartomeu Robert i Yarzábal (Tampico, 1842 – Barcelona, 1902) was an unusual character. Commonly known as Doctor Robert, he turned local politics in Barcelona on its head for the seven months that he led the City Council, a period that