Urban peripheries, where the city lost its name (Barcelona 1947-1985)

Photographic installation, open to the public free of charge.

The first views of the city that expanded in spite of the hardships of the post-war period were provided by photographers, though rather than by any artistic desire, they were motivated by a wish to find out more and to take a civic stand. This portrait of the growth of pre-democracy Barcelona was later followed by the words of writers and analysts, and by a commitment to clandestine political, trades union, parochial and neighbourhood action. But none of that would have been the same without the efforts and awareness of a group of young men and women who, cameras in hand, created between them a view of Barcelona in expansion, seen from the viewpoint of the districts where the city lost its name. Some of the images in this exhibition have never seen the light of day before.

“Urban peripheries, where the city lost its name (Barcelona, 1947-1985)” is a project by MUHBA in collaboration with the AFB (Barcelona Photographic Archive), COAC (Catalonia Architects’ Association) and MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona). Within the framework of Laboratori MUHBA, this installation is part of a long-term working project by the MUHBA on how the image of Barcelona was constructed.

Includes photographs by Pilar Aymerich, Juli Azcunce, Francesc Català-Roca, Ginés Cuesta, Pep Cunties, Pepe Encinas, J.M. Huertas Clavería, Manolo Laguillo, Jacques Léonard, Kim Manresa, Oriol Maspons, Xavier Miserachs, Custodia Moreno, Marta Povo, Pérez de Rozas, Humberto Rivas and Mariano Velasco.


MUHBA Plaça del Rei
Sala Padellàs

Opening times

From Tuesday to Saturday: 14:00 to 19:00; Sundays:10:00 to 20:00. Closed Mondays.

Ticket prices

Free entrance