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Fundació Vila Casas
Three buildings, three points of focus: painting, sculpture and photography
The Catalonian pharmaceutical businessman Antoni Vila Casas is fortunate to be able to show his foundation’s extensive holdings of modern and contemporary art in three architecturally compelling museums around Catalonia. The Museo Can Framis, in Barcelona, is located in a former wool factory, replete with a new addition. Its 3 800 square meters are devoted to painting. Over 350 sculptures are housed at the Museo Can Mario, in a renovated cork factory in Palafrugell on the Costa Brava. And not far from there, at the Renaissance-era palace Palau Solterra, in Torroella de Montgrí, is where Vila Casas shows 300 works from his collection of photography. With names like Lluís Barba, Oriol Jolonch, or Francesca Llopis, Catalonian art dominates in a collection now comprising nearly 1 000 works.
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