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Main entrance to the Poble Espanyol site. Gate of San Vicente of the wall of Avila. 1928. AFB. Carlos Pérez de Rozas (attributed)

A photographic journey through the Poble Espanyol

The Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona is organising a temporary exhibition on the construction of this site.

On November 10, the Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona (AFB) will open to the public a new temporary exhibition called ‘Un viatge fotogràfic. La construcció del Poble Espanyol’ (‘A photographic journey. The construction of the Poble Espanyol’). The exhibition is documented with photographs and travel notebooks of the route taken by the team in charge of the architectural project of the Poble Espanyol. For a month, the engineer and head of the project, Miquel Utrillo, travelled around the country alongside Xavier Nogués, a draftsman and painter, and Francesc Folguera and Ramon Raventós, architects. On this trip, they gathered a lot of visual documentation, among which are a thousand photographs and drawings.

‘Un viatge fotogràfic’ features a selection of 96 digital copies of the thousand negatives from the AFB archive that were collected in 1927. The selection also includes images of the construction process during 1928 and part of 1929, which was also documented. The aim of this exhibition is to present to the public the photographic collection kept by the archive on the Poble Espanyol and to explain the history of the city through photography.

You can visit the exhibition until April 25, 2021 during the archive's opening hours, from Monday to Sunday, including public holidays. Admission to the site is free, with a capacity restricted to 12 visitants, according to current health regulations.

Publication date: Tuesday, 10 November 2020
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