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Victoria Combalía

Victòria Combalia Dexeus
Victoria Combalía is a historian and art critic with many years experience in various fields related to modern and contemporary art. The fact that she has met various members of the surrealist group (Elisa Breton, Aube Breton, Dorothea Tanning, Dora Maar, Jean-Jacques Lebel, among others) allows her to approach the exhibition project ‘from the inside' in a way that would not otherwise be possible.

Lecturer in Modern Art at the University of Barcelona, she contributes critical work to prestigious national and international media. She is a specialist in the work of Joan Miró, about whom she has written El descubrimiento de Miró , Miró y sus críticos and Picasso-Miró: miradas cruzadas ; Antoni Tàpies ( Tàpies; Tàpies, los años ochenta ), conceptual art ( La poética de lo neutro ) and Dora Maar ( Dora Maar, la fotografía, Picasso y los surrealistas ), on whom she is an internationally renowned expert.

The numerous exhibitions she has curated include ‘Art and Modernity in the Catalan-speaking regions' (Kunsthalle, Berlin, 1978), ‘Barcelona-Paris-New York' (1985), ‘Tàpies, the eighties' (1988), ‘Joan Brossa, 1941-1991' (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 1991), ‘Seeing Miró. The irradiation of Miró in Spanish art' (Madrid, Barcelona and Palma, Fundació la Caixa; Las Palmas, CAAM, 1993), ‘Kandinsky. The revolution of pictorial language' (MACBA, 1996), ‘How we see ourselves. Female images and archetypes' (L'Hospitalet, Centre Cultural Tecla Sala and Madrid, Círculo de Bellas Artes, 1998), ‘Garden of Eros' (Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, 1999), ‘Dora Maar, photography, Picasso and the surrealists' (Munich, Haus der Kunst; Marseille, Vieille Charité, and L'Hospitalet, Centre Cultural Tecla Sala, 2002). She is currently working on the exhibition ‘The First Eros. Africa, America, Oceania' (Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, 2004).


Has participated in

The validity of surrealism

Paris and the surrealists