The central exhibition of the Year Ramon Casas brings together 200 works from the most important museums

The exhibition will occupy three floors of the Maricel Museum, which closes during two months on Monday to condition facilities

The central exhibition of the Year Ramon Casas will open the Maricel Museum of Sitges on 10 November. The exhibition will bring together 200 works by the artist from some of the most important galleries of modern art in Europe. The Maricel Museum will begin conditioning works this Monday to adapt facilities to the coming exhibition.

The Louvre and Orsay museums in Paris, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Prado in Madrid or Barcelona MNAC are some museums that will lend works for Ramon Casas: a much yearned modernity, curated by Ignasi Domenech and Francesc Quílez. The list of providers is vast and includes several private collections.

The exhibition is organized by the Museums of Sitges and La Caixa Cultural Foundation and after Sitges it will travel to Madrid (Caixa Forum, from March 9 to 18 June 2017) and Palma (Caixa Forum, July 12 to 22, October 2017). The exhibition seeks to vindicate the work of one of the most important figures of Catalan art on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth. In this sense, the approach to the exhibition is to place Casas in the context of European painting at the time, to place him in the center of a certain Europe, in which the creative ecosystem, born around the last decades of the nineteenth century, became a scene of great vitality.

The works are grouped around five main areas and are composed by a selection of some of the most emblematic productions of the painter from Barcelona. The story will be enriched with a select set of works extracted from a remarkable repertoire of artists, which was either mirrored or exerted some influence (Carolus-Duran, Toulouse-Lautrec, Manet, Sargent, Degas, Bastien-Lepage, Withsler, Rusiñol, Sorolla). This list will be complemented by the role of master he played over authors of considerable importance such as Picasso, Torres-Garcia and Julio Romero de Torres, whose works will also be represented at the exhibition.

Adaptationof Maricel Museum
The exhibition Ramon Casas: a much yearned modernity occupies 600 square meters of the Maricel Museum. This means fully adapting the three floors of the museum for the exhibition, given the exceptional nature and size of its structure and the importance of its contents. The preparatory work will start on Monday, September 12, and involves the closure of Maricel Museum for two months until the opening of the exhibition. The following weekend, September 17 and 18, the museum will open the first floor to participate in outreach activities convened in Sitges.

During the two-months of preparation of the exhibition, Cau Ferrat will be open as usual. In addition, the opening days of Palau Maricel will be extended to absorb the significant demand experienced by our heritage resources since the reopening of renovated museums.