Francisco Farreras

Francisco Farreras was born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1927. After interruptions in his schooling and multiple transfers due to the Spanish Civil War, Farreras and his family settled in Madrid where he graduated from the School of Fine Arts of San Fernando in 1949. 

After further studies in Paris, and trips to Belgium, Holland and London, his professional trajectory truly begins in 1954 with participation in many individual exhibitions and collective shows in Spain, Paris, Salzburg and the XXIX Biennial of Venice where the Spanish entry caused great impact on the international scene. Farreras’ abstract-geometric works, with a predominantly grey, black and white range of colors soon incorporated denser materials, incorporating marble dust, pigments and glue. Shortly thereafter he adopted forms of collage as his medium of plastic expression. 

During the sixties, Farreras took part in the traveling exhibitions organized throughout Europe and America and many major museums acquired his works during this period. In 1963 he moved to New York City where he lived for three years. For the New York World’s Fair he created the large mural-collage shown in the renowned Spanish Pavilion's main restaurant “Toledo”. 

In 1966 he returned to Spain. The informalist character of his work gave way to more concrete forms, and the colors gradually lightened. Farreras executed a mural-collage of large format for the Madrid-Barajas airport in 1982, which produced radical changes in his mode of artistic expression. Nearly two years were dedicated to intense investigations and experiments, resulting in the “coudrages”, volumetric works made of colored and sewn cloths, stuffing and wood. The relatively fragile materials used in the coudrages prompted Farreras to investigate more resistant forms. He abandoned cloth and began a period of experimentation with varied materials; cardboard and wood acquired great protagonism. From 1988 on, he has worked exclusively with wood reliefs. Farreras celebrated his 87th birthday in 2014.

Selected Works Available

Museums & Collections

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NYC, USA
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC, USA
Chase Manhattan Bank, Collection, NYC, USA
The Tate Gallery, London, UK
Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA
Downey Museum of Art, Downey, Los Angeles, USA
Hamilton Museum, Toronto, Ontario, USA
Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA 
McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Musée d'Art Contemporaine, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA 
Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, USA
The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, USA
The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France
Museum des XX Jahrhunderts, Viena, Austria
Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, The Netherlands
KIASMA Museum de Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
Moderne Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Musée de la Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland
National Gallery of Sofía, Sofía, Bulgaria
Sara Hildén Art Museum and Foundation, Tampere, Finland 
Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Switzerland 
Collection, Banque Rothschild, Zürich, Switzerland 
Museo de Arte Abstracto Español, Casas Colgadas, Cuenca, Spain 
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Madrid, Spain 
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla, Spain 
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Villafamés, Castellón, Spain 
Museo de Arte Moderno, Vitoria, Spain 
Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao, Spain 
Museo Municipal, Madrid, Spain 
Museo de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain 
Museo de Pedraza, Pedraza, Segovia, Spain 
Museo de Pamames, Santander, Spain
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain 
Museu d'Art Espanyol Contemporani, Fundación Juan March, Palma de Mallorca, Spain 
Eugenio Mendoza Acosta Foundation, Caracas, Venezuela
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan 

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