Museu Picasso de Barcelona, 2003 to 2004
“The Museu Picasso of Barcelona is once again grateful to present an exhibition with the work of an artist contemporary to Pablo Picasso. The work of the Museum is doubly justified in this case, for with Joaquín Torres-García they shared, beyond the movements that configured the agitated world of the plastic arts at the beginning of the twentieth century, the scenery of a city, the Barcelona that palpitates submerged in the creative fever at the origin of the Vanguards.
The Beaux Arts Academy, the Cercle Artistic de Sant Llue, the Quatre Gats, the Dalmau galleries, the magazine Pel & Ploma… are some of the scenes frequented by Joaquín Torres-García, and from where a large part of Barcelona’s plastic transformation at the change of the Century was conceived. In fact, even though Joaquín Torres-García was born in Uruguay, we can say that his artistic birth ocurred in Barcelona, and here was where he founded his career as an artist passionate about his work, and the formalistic and deep problems it presented. Painting, designing toys, also theory, philosophy, didactic art, and the pedagogic task of an artist centralized his trajectory.
Maybe for these reasons, because the realization of a work of art was for him as important as the search of its essence, the work of Joaquín Torres-García is -citing the Chilean poet Vicente Huidobro – ‘Extraordinary forcefully due to its simplicity, of not searching for the exceptional but the simple, the essential, the first word of the human eye.'”
Ferran Mascarell i Canalda, Minister of Culture of the Generalitat of Catalonia.