“The angels of the ICRE” in Sant Pau del Camp

After the good reception it had – both from the general public and especially from the sculptors present – the seminar presented by  Montserrat Oliva Andrés on the iconography of angels in Catalan cemeteries, ICRE proposes to its partners to hold an exhibition on this subject curated by Montserrat Oliva herself.

The exhibition will take place at the Sant Pau del Camp monastery in Barcelona and all sculptors from the association are invited to present works that fit the theme of angels and their iconography. The sculptures will be selected by the curator of the exhibition following a series of established criteria that will be specified in the call.

The objective of the exhibition is to show twenty-four sculptures made according to the theme of angels in order to publicize the work of the participating artists, make the ICRE project visible and offer an innovative and original proposal in the city of Barcelona and its cultural circuits aimed at both the technical, specialized and professional public as well as the general public.



The angel has always been a very present figure both in our culture and in our society. The continued presence of iconographic examples of winged beings, whether with anthropomorphic figures or with animal elements or parts, has been persistent in almost all the civilizations that have preceded us, from the ancient Babylonian culture to the current Christian through the ever-present Greco-Roman culture. , and almost always linked to mythological, religious or spiritual aspects of these civilizations.

The interactions, influences and fusions of the artistic traditions of all these cultures have made the figure of angels evolve over time, which have been adapted at all times to the iconographic needs of those who represented them. This has led to an extensive catalog of artistic examples related to this figure, with a great variety of themes, techniques, iconographies and concepts that has led it to be one of the most represented non-human elements in the history of art and culture.



ICRE artists are invited to sculpt works related to this theme and to be able to offer a current vision of this iconography, so present in our culture, but almost anecdotal in the present sculptural context.

The possibility of making a monothematic exhibition offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the multiple and varied interpretations that the authors can make on the subject, giving a much more polyhedral vision of the figure of the angel, not only in his most conceptual, spiritual or interpretative but also in the most material, with a proliferation of techniques, materials and diverse styles. All this will seek the stimulation of the spectator, fostering reflection and critical spirit of him, not only towards the work that he is observing but also towards what he represents and what is part of our tradition, culture and religion.

Selection phase of twenty-four works

It has to follow the scientific rigor and the ICRE strategic plan.

The works have to be faithful to the theme exposed around the iconography of the angel. The following aspects will be valued: artistic research and documentation, style, material, technique, creativity, originality, message and critical spirit.

  • The artistic research and documentation carried out on the subject, the possible dialogue with pre-existing works, and the contribution of new or unique visions or interpretations of this iconography.
  • The style: you can choose any style and you will seek to make an exhibition as diverse as possible in this regard, with the most unique styles being more valued, consequently.
  • The material: As with the style, the material will be sought to promote the use of a wide variety of materials. The materials must be able to withstand the conditions of exposure to the Cloister of Sant Pau del Camp. The work must be exhibible and not exceed 100kg. of weight.
  • The technique: the chosen sculptural technique, its execution and quality will also be valued when making the selection.
  • Creativity: the creativity of the sculptor or sculptor will be taken into account when choosing the iconography of his work, providing new ideas or concepts.
  • Originality: the originality of the sculpture will be valued in relation to the set of works presented.
  • The critical spirit and the message: those works that awaken the reflection and critical spirit of the observer and that transmit an implicit message will be more valued.


The sculptors who want to participate will have to send a text document with a technical sheet, the explanation of the work and three images of the work to the email: socis@icre.cat

  • Members who want to participate in this exhibition will have to pre-register before January 31, 2022. This pre-registration must be done by sending an email to socis@icre.cat
    and the payment of € 25 to the current account number: ES79 3025 0002 4714 3338 7845. This contribution will basically be dedicated to publishing a Catalog with all the works.
  • Then, before April 30, 2022, they will have to send a text document with a technical sheet, an explanation of the work and 3 images with different points of view, to the email socis@icre.cat.
  • From May 1 to 15, the Montse Oliva police station will make a selection of 24 works from among all those pre-registered (this is the maximum amount foreseen to be able to exhibit at the Santo Pablo del Camp cloister). The result of the selection will be communicated to ALL contestants (selected or not).
  • The 24 sculptors who have been selected will have to pay another 25 euros for insurance, surveillance, hiring scholarship holders, various materials and contributions to the parish of Sant Pau del Camp.
  • The selected works will have to be delivered, physically, throughout the whole of May 24 (the schedule will be specified later) to the old monastery of Sant Pau del Camp, in Sant Pau st. 99, 08001 Barcelona. Each participant will be responsible for the transport of their work.
  • On May 25, the exhibition will be set up.

The exhibition will open to the public on Thursday, May 26 and will remain open until June 18.


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