J M Subirachs

Its very difficult to summarise my thoughts on J.M Subirachs. He will be known first and foremost for his work on Sagrada Familia which is magnificant.  Each and every sculptural piece has such depth of meaning and interest.  I personally am inspired by a lot of his graphical work, and how most of them end up either as individual sculptures in three dimension or as parts of works.  I must have spent several hours in total in Studio Regmir examining his work.  Then in contrast you enter a town that you have never visited before to be confronted by a major architectral structure in concrete and bronze and you know instinctively it is work by Subirach.

1927             Born in Barcelona

1945        Apprentice at the studio of the sculptor Enric Casanovas.

1951        Scholarship from the French Institute inBarcelonato study inParis

1954-56   Lives and works inBelgium.

1957        Sculpture at the entrance of the Mundet Gardens in Barcelona.  It was  the first abstract work located in a city public throughfare.

1959        Relief in the façade of the Faculty of Law of Barcelona.

1961        Opening of the ‘Santuario de la Virgen del Camino’ inLeon, where he  worked on the bronze façade, the doors and the indoors sculptures.

1969                Monument “Homentage a Catalunya” in Montjuic Park, Barcelona

Relief in the façade of the Barcelona City Hall new building.

Relief in the underground station “Diagonal”,Barcelona.

1972                Installation of the work “ Al otro ladodelmuro” for the “Museo de

Escultura Al aire libre” in the Castellana Avenue, Madrid.

1975                Monument in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona).  Unveiling of the Bronze door that links the “Palau de L’Arxiu de la Corona de Arago” with the “Salo del Tinell” inBarcelona.

1976                Decoration for the loggia that llinks the “Palau de la Generalitat” with the “ Casa dels Canonges” inBarcelona.

1982                Monument to the Generalitat de Catalunya in Cervera.

1983                Memorial for the Olympics in Lausane (Switerland)

Monument to President Francesc Macia in Vilanova I la Geltru

1984                Monumne tot Pau Casals in Sant Salvador del Vendrell (Tarragona)

Installationof the sculpture “ Materia-forma 978” in the entrance of the Barcelona City Hall.  Bust of President Macia in the Pati dels Tarongers, Palaude la Generalitat de Catalunya,Barcelona.

1985                The work “ Nova Olimpia” is purchased by the F.C.Barcelona Museum.

1986                Monumnet to Salavador Espriu in Santa Coloma de Farners (Girona)

Monument to Count Borrell in Cardona (Barcelona).  Bust of the pianist Rosa Sabater in the Palau de la Musica Catalana,Barcelona

                      Sculpture of Sant Jordi inMontserrat

                      Monument to the builders of the Girona Cathedral in the old part of this City .  Joins the works for the construction of the Sagrada Familia to Create the Passion façade.

1987                Monument “Els pillarsdelcel” for the Olympics inSeoul(South Korea)

The first of the Passion sculptures, the Flagellation, is located in the Sagrada Familia façade.

1989        Monument “A la unio d’Orient I Occident” for the Olympics First Anniversaty inSeoul.  Unveiling of the sculpture “Clio” in Sant Julia de Loria (Andorra).

1990        Bust of President Lluis Companys for the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya inBarcelona.  A sculpture is placed in theNationalMuseum  of Contemporary Art, Kwachon Kyungki-do (South Korea).  Memorial for the “Mil-lenari de Catalunya” inTarragona.

1991        Selective exhibition in the “Casa del Monte”,Madrid.  Exhibition in the Generalitat de Catalunya pavilion for the Universal Exposition in Sevilla

1992        Frieze in theColon Square,Madrid.  Presentation of the book “La sima de las Penultimas inocencias” by Camilo Jose Cela in Madrid and  Barcelona, with drawings by Subirachs.     

 1995              A relief is placed in Alicante airport.  The first bronze door is located in the Passion façade in the Sagrada Familia,Barcelona.

1997       The second bronze door, “ from Herod to Pilate” is located in the Passion façade of the Sagrada Familia inBarcelona.

1998       On 14 April the last sculptural group, that of Pilate, is installed in the Passion façade of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.