The open-air museum of murals in El Vendrell

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Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
23 February 2024 Friday 15:56
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The open-air museum of murals in El Vendrell

* The author is part of the community of readers of La Vanguardia

In El Vendrell, capital of the Baix Penedès region, we can admire a series of unique murals that could well form part of an open-air museum, as seen in this report in Las Fotos de los Lectores de La Vanguardia.

The square dedicated to the Germans Ramon was opened a few years ago in the place where the native house of Jaume Ramon i Vidales (1846-1900) and Ramon Ramon i Vidales (1857-1916) was, at number 4 Calle de Mar .

Only the original plaque announcing the birth of Ramon Ramon in that house is preserved and is currently part of the decoration of the square.

In 2008, Jordi Llucià, with his daughter Iraida, covered the old party walls with mural paintings that recreate the traditional facades - including an old printing press -, enriched with the presence of characters of the time and elements alluding to local tradition, such as gegants and big heads or the castellers and grallers.

According to the artists, they are inspired, in part, by a farce written by Ramon Ramon i Vidales: En Pau de la gralla or the Festa Major de la vila.

The Ramon brothers lived in a villa that was being modernized and, together with their friend Àngel Guimerà, introduced the Renaissance and political Catalanism in El Vendrell.

In fact, it was Jaume Ramon i Vidales who made these ideas and appreciation for the Catalan language known to the writer Àngel Guimerà.

At the end of 2018, the artists repainted the murals again, as it was necessary to preserve some of the most photographed and shared images on social networks in the capital of the Baix Penedès.