Originally founded as a non-profit association, to lend new artists a helping hand and tell the world about innovative emerging talents that deserve to be seen and heard, Miscelanea continues to promote excellent contemporary pieces, often using different spaces for artistic projects or fostering new connections that bring art and audience together: the perfect platform for giving new ideas space to evolve and develop.
The name already hints at the diverse, disparate, and eclectic – even scrambled – elements involved. After all, the multi-faceted cultural collective tries to assemble inspiration and activities from a huge range of different thoughts and disciplines: Projects may seem unrelated, often mixing a wide range of contemporary visions and approaches. The result is a multi-disciplinary white cave that treats the city to a permanent and creative program. Daring and unique, its agenda easily bridges the gap between local and international issues, displaying today’s alternative culture through art that may not be traditional, but certainly reflects the voice of artistic society.
Thanks to its spatial division into four different rooms, Miscelanea also hosts events and festivals that share a similar approach and methodology, championing cultural advances by simple, economical, and direct means. The top-floor bar, a cozy room with sofas, flowers, and wooden features, gives members and visitors the chance to chill and enjoy a precious retreat among the hustle and bustle of the surrounding Raval district. Further down, Miscelanea assembles a boutique, yet well-rounded selection of prints, books, and other pieces relevant to the field to shed a light on the latest emerging artists and their challenging creations.
With this holistic concept, the minds behind it all, firm proponents of the DIY ethic and avid hands-on planners, have managed to create one of Barcelona’s foremost hotspots for independent art. Miscelanea’s current exhibition, for example, welcomes anyone with an open mind to explore a series of oil paintings made with a cross-stitch-like technique. The evocative images depict scenes of nature dotted with animal creatures, often juxtaposed with UFOs or other unlikely phenomena. Add five white chicken heads mounted on wooden supports and a couple of equally white life-size peacock sculptures for a surreal world where nothing is quite what it seems.
Text: Bea Salas (lamono magazine)
Pictures: Maud Sophie Andrieux (lamono magazine)
Header image: Miscelanea