From March 28 to  May 23, the guild hall hosted the exhibition “Images of Persistence and Change. Old Maps and Plans of Barcelona (16th-20th Centuries)”.

A journey through the history and urban planning of Barcelona through a display of 25 plans and maps   that speak both   of the evolution of these graphics and the different ways one can view the City.

  • Exhibition curator: Xavier Cazeneuve
  • Restoration of the pieces: Berta Blasi 
  • Organized by: Associació Antic Gremi Revenedors, 1447

Barcelona, March-May 2023


Joaquim Renart i Garcia  was a prominent figure in Barcelona’s cultural and artistic life in the first half of the 20th century. Born in Barcelona in 1879 and died
there in 1961. The family business, Renart i Cia., with a shop at Diputació Street 271 and a workshop at Aragó Street, provided him with stability.  Renart  was dedicated to the production and sale of decorative objects, frames, and especially religious imagery.

Driven by a civic spirit that was both Noucentista (early 20th-century Catalan cultural movement) and Catalanist, and a desire to contribute to the construction of a civilized and advanced country where arts and culture played a central role, Joaquim Renart was closely linked to entities as representative as the Orfeó Català or the Catalan Academy of Fine Arts of Sant Jordi, among others. At 39, Renart began to write a  personal diary, which he maintained consistently and regularly for 43 years, until a few days before his death. Thus, Joaquim Renart’s Diary fully belongs to the line of great Barcelona diaries, along with those of Jeroni Pujades, Bruniquer, the Baron of Maldà, etc.  

The uniqueness of Joaquim Renart’s Diary is that it is both a literary and visual chronicle   because the written notes are accompanied by drawings with precise and meticulous lines, and  a great capacity for synthesis. In this exhibition, the Associació Antic Gremi   Revenedors, 1447,  offers a small but representative sample, revealing these drawings   by Joaquim Renart that are part of its artistic collection.

  • Exhibition curator: Josep Bracons i Clapés
  • Restoration of the pieces: Berta Blasi 
  • Organized by: Associacio Antic Gremi Revenedors, 1447

Barcelona, May-June 2022

The “Goigs” are a medieval musical and poetic genre of songs to the Virgin Mary that evolved and spread and consolidated throughout the Christian saint calendar around the 17th century. Their popularity led to them being printed to distribute among the devotees.

Their popularity resulted in thousands of “Goigs” being edited in the Catalan Countries   with large print runs, and by the 19th century, they became a collectible element, which has favored the preservation of a large number of “Goigs,”  like those preserved  by the Associació Antic Gremi Revenedors, 1447,  thanks to generous donations from  members, such as Mr. Joan Proubasta i Renart.  For this exhibition, a number of specimens from the 18th-19th centuries were  selected and restored.

This collection allows us to take a journey to the formation of this typology. Thanks to this  we can discuss the various variations before a model was  consolidated,  the active work of women in the printing world, Catalan as the preeminent language  in popular culture against a diglossia that made most prints in Spanish or Latin, engraving and  printing techniques…

  • Exhibition curator: Albert Domènech Alberdi
  • Restoration of the pieces: Berta Blasi and Berta Lorenzo
  • Organized by: Associacio Antic Gremi Revenedors, 1447

Barcelona, November-December 2022


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