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Adolf Fargnoli (1890-1951). From Noucentisme to the Avant-garde

Retrospective exhibition of a forgotten artist who in the 1920s was internationally famous for his jewelry boxes.

Àmbits:Arts visuals / Patrimoni i museus
From December 1 2023 to April 20 2024
Location:Casa Masó

Adolf Fargnoli Ianetta (La Bisbal d'Empordà, 1890 - Barcelona, ​​​​1951), son of a family of Italian immigrants, was a cabinetmaker and goldsmith of the circle of artists and craftsmen who became known in Girona around the figure of architect Rafael Masó, together with the sculptors Fidel Aguilar and Jaume Busquets, and the painter Joan B. Coromina, among others. His brother Valentí was a renowned photographer specializing in images of all the towns, monuments and landscapes of Girona.

Based in Girona and later in Barcelona, ​​​​Adolf Fargnoli obtained great recognition above all for his jewelry boxes made of carved wood, with inlaid ceramic, ivory, stones or metals, which he named with poetic titles. His crosses, also made of cut and painted wood, and with ceramic applications, were also very popular. He also made several black ceramic pieces in the Marcó workshop. He held individual exhibitions throughout Catalonia and Spain, and also in different cities in Europe and America. His fame was such that he had numerous imitators, both of his boxes and crosses.

This exhibition is the first monograph on Fargnoli that has been held since the one presented in Girona in 1997. It is the result of a new research by Pilar Vélez, which has brought to light numerous hitherto unknown pieces.

Curated by Pilar Vélez. Exhibition produced by the Rafael Masó Foundation and the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya.