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XAVIER MISERACHS. Unexpected epilogue

Xavier Miserachs (Barcelona, 1937-1998) was the youngest member of a collective which in the late 1950s revived the creativity and innovation of applied photography, all trace of which had been lost after the Spanish Civil War. He brought about a break with the past in the spirit of modernity, overcoming the constraints of the Franco regime’s censors, as well as the difficulties caused by the government’s self-sufficiency policy. He gave up studying medicine when he discovered his calling to be a reporter, and he devoted himself professionally to photography with the vision and passion of a pioneer. Due to his sensitivity towards his fellow humans, his sense of humour and his intelligence, his reportages have the force of critical essays akin to autobiography, as a result of which his body of work constitutes a depiction of the second half of the 20th century, as well as a vivid and fresh portrait of his attitude towards life.

This exhibition charts a course through the era Miserachs lived in, illustrating it with his style, his personal interests, his reports and portraits connected with the history of the second half of the 20th century, the various genres and uses of photography, the techniques he employed and above all the evolution in his committed and reflective gaze, as he was always more interested in people than in the issue. The display features a selection of photographs from his vast archive, every aspect of which is encompassed for the first time—from his photos as an amateur to those he took as a professional, from his black and white shots to those in colour, and from his experimentation to the work he produced to commission—to complement those subjects that made this young photographer one of the classics before his time.



Until 15 July 2018
Monday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm (last access 7.30pm)
Exhibition Room La Pedrera
Passeig de Gràcia, 92



Entrada General: 5€
Entrada reducida: 3€
Mayores de 65 años, estudiantes y personas con discapacidad (igual o superior al 33%).
Entrada gratuita
Menores de 12 años, miembros de asociaciones profesionales (ACCA, AICA, AECA, AMC, ICOM, ICOMOS), personas con discapacidad (igual o superior al 65%) y acompañantes acreditado.

Additional information


Group tours (more than ten people) by prior booking only 

Arranged by e-mail to or by phoning
93 214 25 80. Bookings must be made a week in advance. 

Guided tours for school parties

Monday to Friday
Admission: €4 per person
Free admission for teachers
(maximum group size: 25 pupils plus two teachers)
Bookings must be made a week in advance

Guided tours for groups of adults

Monday to Friday
Admission: €6 per person
Free admission for accompanying adults
(maximum group size: 25 people plus two accompanying adults)
Bookings must be made a week in advance

This exhibition has access resources

  Exhibition leaflet (large print and Braille) and guided tours with tactile resources.

Guided tours in sign language and lip-reading. 


Access tours on request: by prior booking only by email to or by phoning 93 214 25 69.
Bookings must be made a week in advance.

Casa Milà, popularly known as «La Pedrera» (the stone quarry), an ironic allusion to the resemblance of its façade to an open quarry, was constructed between 1906 and 1912 by Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). For its uniqueness, artistic and heritage value has received major recognition and in 1984 was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List, for its exceptional universal value. Nowadays is the headquarters of Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera and houses a cultural centre that is a reference in Barcelona for the range of activities it organises and the different spaces for exhibitions and other public uses it contains.              

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