Images of this exhibition, on display in Room 1
The exhibition “I Will Talk in Class” showcases the non-mainstream educational work carried out by Carme Serrallonga, with the foundation of the Isabel de Villena School, in support of Catalan and democratic schooling in the period after the Spanish Civil War.
The Vall de Boí, an outstanding example of the Lombard-inspired early Romanesque, is a jewel in the crown of Catalan art and was recognised as World Heritage by UNESCO in the year 2000. Built in the 11th and the 12th centuries, the nine churches in the various villages that make up the municipality share a rare unity of architectural style based on the simplicity and functionality of the edifices, the impressive murals within them and their slender, elegant bell towers.
Incursion from Port de la Selva into the always surprising and spectacular north slope of the Cap de Creus Nature Reserve, extraordinary for the unspoiled state of some of the coves and spots and the wild appearance of the landscape with its reliefs and vegetation shaped by the dry climate, exposure to the salt breezes and the implacable harshness of the wind, the Tramuntana. The light is also outstanding, with the deep blue of the sea in the background. The arrival at Cap de Creus, with the services around the lighthouse, after this route feels like a return to civilisation. The itinerary, which goes across country, follows GR-11 from Port de la Selva to the end at Cap de Creus. We therefore need to arrange some means of transport for the return.
An itinerary round the Aitona district, which winds along by the River Segre and the canal network (dating back to the early 20th century), which was established for irrigation and electricity supply purposes. You climb to the historical location of Sant Joan de Carratalà, from where the view stretches many kilometres into the distance; you descend to the crop and fruit fields, visit the old factory village of La Canadenca, or Canadiense, the company that built the canals and the hydroelectric power station of Seròs, and you encounter the magnificent landscape surrounding the Utxesa reservoir.