Eudald Serra
Spain, 1911
Spain, 2002
Eudald Serra (Barcelona, 1911-2002) first made a name for himself during the famous Exposición Logicofobista—organised in 1936 by the gallerist Josep Dalmau in the basement of the Catalònia bookstore—as a member of ADLAN, Amics de l’Art Nou (Friends of New Art), a group backed by his teacher, Àngel Ferrant. His sculptural work combines the organic forms of Jean Arp and the sinuous iron of Julio González, along with a surrealist atmosphere strongly evocative of stage designs in which emptiness plays an important expressive role. After living in Japan for many years and being actively involved in the opening and subsequent consolidation of the Ethnological Museum of Barcelona, founded by the art patron and collector Albert Folch, Serra’s work entered into dialogue with the great non-Western sculptural traditions, especially the objectual nature of African, Japanese and Chinese traditions, as well as with Mesopotamian art. In closing one should also mention his public artworks, which, unlike other interventions of this kind, stand out for the way they reject gratuitous monumentality in favour of a delicate understanding of the surrounding space.
Valentín Roma