Igor Mitoraj exhibition, until July 1, on Rambla Catalunya, Barcelona | Photo: Magdalena Urbanska
Igor Mitoraj's enormous, enigmatic sculptures with their air of myth have made me feel like I'm at home again.
The work of the famous Polish artist influenced me a lot when I lived in Cracow, Poland, and I had these monuments right outside my apartment. It's a pleasure, and great a sensation, that now my new home — Barcelona — is hosting the exhibition and to see the reactions of pedestrians charmed by the stories of Icarus and Pegasus again.
Sculpture by Igor Mitoraj at the CaixaForum | Photo: Magdalena Urbanska
You can see more work by Igor Mitoraj [Wikipedia] at the CaixaForum, one of the most popular art museums in Barcelona, on Montjuic, just up from the Plaza España.
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The Electric Shoes: by day, the present perfect; by night, the future is rosy | Photo: Fred Anderson
THE ELECTRIC SHOES, a band variously described as indie, punk, pop, new wave, post-punk, alternative and even mod. Gigging regularly in Barcelona, the band have been going for two years now, with an evolving set list of catchy and danceable original songs mixed with hard fast covers of hits that weren't that way originally.
The 'Shoes were founded by Oliver Sutton (singer and guitarist, the bearded bloke pictured above on the left, possibly better known as head of level 10 Proficiency in IH Barcelona's English department) and Carolyn Edwards (drummer, the loon in the middle, also renowned head of IH Barcelona's level 8 CAE preparation course).
2007 has seen their first radio interview, their first review in a national publication and their first inclusion on a compilation CD. Catch them live if you can – they're unprecedented, relentless and fun.
For their next gig, the 'Shoes will be at the Sala Magic, Pg. Picasso (Parque de Ciutadella) on Saturday June 16 at 22:00.
>> The Electric Shoes Website | MySpace
Until June 24th, there is an exhibition of over 500 works by US photographer Lee Friedlander [Wikipedia entry], at the CaixaForum (shown above) one of Barcelona's most visited art musuems.
The CaixaForum is always well worth dropping by, for the lovely building (information in Spanish), as well as its (free) exhibitions.