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Francesc Mestre, the art gallery director, has a long trajectory linked to the contemporary art, through art galleries that in the 60s and 70s had a strong importance in the new artistic sensibility in our country, like Adrià’s Gallery or René Metrás’s Gallery. Nevertheless, in that time, his name was just in mind of whose were usually in the artistic space, or even in the Barcelona art galleries. This professional career had made him an expert not only in Catalan art of the twentieth century in the aesthetic appearance, but also its sociological implications, and of course, the circumstances, not always innocent, that govern the imposition and diffusion of taste and names. Mestre treasures some experiences of the events and attitudes that would help to know and interpret the evolution of our art world since the postwar period until now, and that's why if he ever decide to write his book, that it seems not yet been raised, he would offer a superb document, not an anecdote, but-as would say Eugeni d'Ors- a qualified one.
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Francesc Mestre has been my mentor.
When I bought 35% of Galeria Adrià he was the director. And we had countless constructive conversations about art. You can say I learned from him. And I feel very proud of what he taught me.
Francesc, has always brought me good proposals from artists.
I have great confidence in your judgment.
His always timely advice, his almost permanent 'temptations', his noucentist treatment, and a way of making you feel welcome are very, very responsible for the collector who is becoming, in my case, the wide world of engraving. Without Mr. Mestre would be less enlightened and less happy.
Francesc Mestre, the gallerist, has a long career linked to contemporary art, through galleries that in the 60s and 70s were very important in the awakening of a new artistic sensibility in our country.
My modest art collection has been built up with the irreplaceable participation of Mr. Francesc Mestre. His knowledge of the world of art, artists, gallerists, from the vanguard of the 50s, is so deep and extensive that there is no resource or solution that cannot be found in his Gallery.
I had the good fortune to meet Francesc, a bunch of years ago, thanks to my passion for drawing when he opened the gallery specializing in this art. That was not another gallery, it was a place where, in addition to the treasures it exhibited, I found welcome, wisdom and, above all, a person who is all bonhomie.
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