From haute couture to prêt-à-porter. Antoni de Montpalau Textile Collection
From 14 April until 30 June 2014
The textile industry has been one of the driving forces of the Catalan economy since the 18th century, which saw the burgeoning of the production and exportation of printed cotton textiles, known as "indianes". Later on, wool, linen, silk and, in the midst of the 20th century, artificial fibres, would also gain a strong foothold. Over this time, Catalonia would turn into "the factory of Spain" and its textile production, aside from creating wealth and employment opportunities, would implicitly generate creativity.
Over the last century, Barcelona has become a point of reference in the world of fashion, particularly since the end of World War I, when the designer Pedro Rodríguez opened his fashion house, followed shortly afterwards by a branch of Jeanne Lanvin's maison – who had learned the trade in the Montagne sisters' atelier in Barcelona. By the twenties and early thirties, the major haute couture houses had been established, which included Santa Eulalia, Asunción Bastida and El Dique Flotante, as well as Cristóbal Balenciaga's salon in Barcelona, which was to remain open until 1968.
In 1940, Manuel Pertegaz opened a fashion house, which would soon become, alongside Balenciaga and Rodríguez, one of the leading couturiers in Spain, who triumphed abroad. At the end of the fifties, prêt-à-porter began to take root, in line with the prevailing international trends, and the figure of the dressmaker would give way to the figure of the fashion designer. Since then, and until this day, Catalonia has witnessed the establishment of new brand names and designers who have put Catalonia – and Barcelona as its iconic capital – on the international fashion map, both in terms of designers as well as brands, and, particularly, the low-cost clothing industry.
"Catalonia Is Fashion" presents a look at the leading names that dominate this scene, on the basis of pieces from the Antoni de Montpalau Collection, devoted to the collection, study and dissemination of textile heritage and fashion, a private initiative created in 2004 in Sabadell, one of the leading wool centres in the country, antonidemontpalau.com.
Josep Casamartina i Parassols
Director of the Antoni de Montpalau Textile Collection
Temporal exhibition: "Catalunya – Europa, units per l’art | Catalonië – Europa, verenigd door kunst | Catalogne – Europe, unis par l’art | Cataluña – Europa, unidos por el arte"
From 19 February until 3 April 2014
25 artists based in Catalonia present a joint exhibition of paintings and sculptures which can be visited until April 3. Landscapes, seascapes, portraits and animals are part of the variety of paintings, along with sculptures made of different materials such as wood, ceramics, clay or wire. With the support of the Cultural Centre Cetres.
Monday to Thursday: from 10am to 5pm
Friday: from 10am to 4pm
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: closed
Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the EU
Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 227 – 1040 Brussels (ground floor).
Contact details & Groups visitors booking:
Tel.: +32 2 231 03 30
Espai Catalunya Europa. Delegation to the EU. Government of Catalonia
13 May: Presentation of the book "Four Ways to Independence" by the author
4 May: Open Doors Day
3 May: Visit of a group of students from the Athénée Charles Janssens school of Ixelles
25 April: "Invest in Catalonia" seminar
23 April: Workshop on the Catalan poet Salvador Espriu
22 April: Informal meeting of Catalan people working at EU instituions
22 April: Opening of the Gaudí exhibition by the President of the Government of Catalonia
11 April: Meeting of the nrg4SD network on sustainable development
9 April: Visit of a group of students from the Abat Oliva University
21 March: Round table: "Creation, Circulation, and Festivals in Europe: Scenic Arts in a Time of Crisis. Waiting for Creative Europe"
21 February: Annual Conference of the Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD)
20 February: Seminar to promote the exchange of sustainable practices in water management at regional and local level
14 February: The women’s Catalan volleyball team visits the Delegation
30 January: Mayors from several Catalan cities visited the Delegation to the EU as part of a working visit to Brussels
25 January: Conference of entrepreneurs organized by ACC1Ó to increase the participation in European projects on energy
24 January: Seminar to support the internationalization of Catalan universities
17 December: Opening of the temporary exhibition "Wineries in Catalonia: Cooperativism + modernism"
6 December: Wine-tasting
26 November: Catalonia election evening
23 November: MEDBEE Forum – MARIE project
From 12 to 17 November: 4th edition of Cinema in Catalan week in Brussels
7 November: Press conference with Catalonia’s President of the Generalitat Artur Mas: “The Future of Catalonia in the EU”
3 October: 10th edition of the Open Days: “European Week of Regions and Cities”
4 October: Seminar “Horizon 2020. Opportunities for the automotive sector”
From 10 to 16 October: Exhibition “2011 Prize: Design for recycling”
19 June: Conference: “Green eMotion project: Development of a European framework for electromobility”, organized in the framework of the European Week of Sustainable Energy
From 22 to 26 April: Activities in the framework of Saint George’s Catalan National Day in Brussels
27 March: Presentation of the Catalan Multilevel Model of Immigration Management by the Direction General of Immigration of the Department of Social Welfare and Family of the Generalitat
7, 14, 21 and 28 March: Wine and cava-tasting series organized by the Casal Català de Brussel·les
1 December: Final presentation of the Project DOMICE (Developing Offender Management in Corrections in Europe)
15 November: Seminar: “Towards European Sustainable Housing”, organized by the Catalan Agency for Competitiveness (ACC1Ó)
9 November: Pre-elections debate with representatives from the main Catalan political groups, organized by the Casal Català de Brussel•les
8 November: Opening of the exhibition “Conceived in Barcelona. Invest in Catalonia”
26 October: Presentation of the Smart City Forum & World Congress 2011 by Fira de Barcelona
13 October: Presentation of the International Network for Regional Trade Promotion Organisations (RTPO)
11 October: Seminar “Euroregions to develop their territories” in the framework of the Open Days, European Week of Regions and Cities
5 October: Conference: “SME in Catalonia: the key to overcoming the crisis”, in the framework of the European SME Week
21 September: Opening of the exhibition “Catalan Artists in Benelux”
19 September: Welcome to Cavalunya: introduction to Catalan cellars and cava-tasting
30 November: Opening of the exhibition “the European cities of Josep Pla”
From 16 September to 24 November: Exhibition: “Europa Project. EU Investments in Catalonia”
From 16 to 20 November: 3rd edition of Catalan Cinema Week in Brussels, organized by the Casal Català de Brussel•les
9 November: Presentation conference of the Consumer Code of Catalonia: “The Catalan Code for Consumer Protection. A step forward in consumer rights in the EU”
26 October: Presentation of the book “Memories of Jean Monnet. An architect of the European unity”
5 and 6 October: Activities organized in the framework of the Open Days 2010
From 9 June to 29 July: photography exhibition “Habita et Labora. Housing and Industrial Colonies in Europe”. Exhibition offered by the Science and Technology Museum of Catalonia and sponsored by the Department of Culture and Media of the Generalitat
9 June: Conference: “Le patrimoine industriel comme facteur de cohésion et identité européen”, presented by Eusebi Casanelles, director of the Science and Technology Museum of Catalonia
From 14 April to 19 May 2010: Exhibition “Sculptures”, of the Catalan artist Margalida Escales, sponsored by the Ramon Llull Institute
From 22 March to 27 May: Exhibition “Aerial photography”, of the Catalan photographer Jordi Todó, sponsored by Palau Robert