Students at Escola Pia create an exhibition reinterpreting masterpieces from Cau Ferrat and the Maricel Museum

The exhibition 'A picture is worth a thousand words?' can be visited at the patio of the Santiago Rusiñol Library

Fifty-seven students of 4th ESO at Escola Pia have created the exhibition A picture is worth a thousand words?, which can be visited at the patio of the Santiago Rusiñol Library. The 14 works by young people analyzed from an artistic, scientific and social point of view some masterpieces of Cau Ferrat and the Maricel Museum. The reinterpreted paintings are creations by renowned artists, such as Ball al Moulin de la Galette , by Ramon Casas; La cursa de braus , by Pablo Picasso; The La Processó de Sant Bartomeu , by Felip Massó i Falp; Platja de Sitges , by Joan Batlle i Amell; Estació de Sitges , by Joan Roig i Soler;  La recolecció de la malvasia , by Joaquim de Miró; or Vista del Baluard  i la platja des d'El Greco , by Joaquim de Miró. The students between 15 and 16 years of age have also been inspired by the creations of Santiago Rusiñol as La nena de la clavellina , Morfina , La casa de préstecs , Granadina , Retrat de Modesto Sánchez Ortiz , L'Auca del Senyor Esteve and Cementiri de Montmartre.

This exhibition of 4th ESO students is framed in an interdisciplinary learning itinerary that is part of the SUMMEM project of the Escola Pia de Catalunya, in which students have done research on current topics from a series of works that can be found in local museums. The paintings have allowed them to find information on topics such as addictions, the role of women, decision-making, territory and landscape, animal abuse, technological revolution, the profession of journalist, leisure and multiculturalism, among many others. Students have also worked in other areas of knowledge such as social sciences and chemistry, and have done research on pigments and the production of paintings. 

The initiative is the result of the collaboration between the school, the Sitges Heritage Consortium and the Department of Culture, Traditions and Festivals with the aim of bringing art to students. At the same time, through this proposal, we want to add value to local heritage and to make young people involved in the process of creating an artist. 

To carry out this project, the students made specialized guided tours around the selected works that are exhibited at the Cau Ferrat Museum and the Maricel Museum. After the explanation of the paintings, they made a ball shooting activity on the terraces of the Maricel Palace. On June 7th, the result of this work was shown through an exhibition and the students explained in two turns their projects to the rest of their school mates, families and teachers at the Santiago Rusiñol Library.