Mayor of Cadaqués
Going up Horta d’en Sanés street, under the bougainvillea, Mercedes, affable and friendly, welcomes you. One more year of the Mini Print International of Cadaqués.
A must see for a summer afternoon, one can spend a long time contemplating printed images in small format coming from all over the world. The surrounding is incomparable, a former salted anchovy factory that the architect Lanfranco Bombelli wanted to convert into a living factory of artists and gallery directors following the spirit in the air of those times.
The large number of participants, the variety of techniques used, the contrasts, the perfect arrangement of the works makes the Mini Print a unique occurrence in the art world and allows the mainstream audience to know and approach the miniprint.
One more year, one more decade of this vital artistic project that welcomes artists from everywhere and where the winners of one year become jurors the following year. A wheel that has been turning for 40 years and is stamping Cadaqués inside the international history of printmaking.
From the town hall of Cadaqués we want to thank the Fort Barberà family for the generous artistic legacy that you have brought to the village during these 40 years
Mercedes Barberà Rusiñol
Director of the Mini Print International of Cadaqués
An invisible and totally unexpected enemy has conditioned our lives as well as the normal celebration of the 40th Mini Print International of Cadaques.
Many participating artists of various countries have been unable to create or send their works, but despite their consternation they have sent us encouraging words. We hope that the presence of their beautiful works will cheer up the next exhibition.
We’ve had to postpone until next year the personal shows of last year’s winners, but a very successful group show of their works has been exhibited throughout the summer at the Taller Galeria Fort of Cadaques. Since they have not been able to come to Cadaques they could not serve as jury but we have improvised an emergency jury formed by Patricia Sicardi, Patrick J. Domken, Pere Vehí and Vicenç Altaió. They have chosen three winners who will be added next summer to last year’s six winners if circumstances don’t change.
The grand party planned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Mini Print International of Cadaques could not take place, but I don’t forget the support of the Cadaques Town Hall and the Catalan Department of Culture offering their co-operation in the various projected festivities. Receive my thanks.
The pandemic has prevented the Mini Print International of Cadaques from traveling to Wingfield Barns in England. We hope that it will be possible next year. The Tharrats Foundation of Graphic Art in Pineda de Mar has overcome the difficulties of the moment and accepted the exhibition like every year in order not to disappoint the large number of visitors that await it with interest. The gallery L’Etangd’Art of Bages, France, directed by Martine Trouïs has also managed to program the Mini Print International of Cadaques. I congratulate the French people for the value they give to culture and for continuing to visit and admire the exhibition in difficult moments.
We were profoundly saddened by the death of the art sociologist Arnau Puig, member of the committee of honor of the Mini Print International of Cadaques. His encouraging words, his respect and admiration for the organization and his warm personality will always be close to our hearts and will never be forgotten.
As a new member of the committee of honor of the Mini Print International of Cadaques we have chosen Xavier Barral, PhD in art history who has always valued and appreciated the projection of Catalonia and especially of this beautiful Catalan village of Cadaques that the Mini Print provides to the whole world.
The digital magazine El Temps de les Arts published, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Mini Print, an interview where I talked with the poet, writer and cultural activist Vicenç Altaió, for the series of articles “A Sunday afternoon with….” For its artistic and literary quality, the article won the Carles Rahola prize which is awarded every year in Cadaques. We send our warmest congratulations.
The radio program Vostè Primer of RAC1, directed by Marc Giró, interviewed me in order to inform its listeners of the Mini Print’s existence and urge the inexcusable and seductive visit of the exhibition. It paid off. Thank you, Marc.
The magazine Bonart, veteran of cultural communication and the magazine Revistart published with particular interest the activities of the Mini Print (awards, jury, etc.). We are very grateful and wish them many years of continuity.
The newspaper La Vanguardia has also dedicated space to the Mini Print among the various activities taking place in Cadaques. El Punt Avui, Hora Nova and Setmanari de l’Empordà have informed of the exhibition’s presence in Cadaques, important information because of the doubts generated by the current adverse circumstances.
But the artists of the world haven’t thrown in the towel and have participated with works of the highest quality that have earned the admiration and esteem of many people.
They are an example and fill us with hope.
Art and life go on.