Extended biography

Joan Abelló Prat

1922 – Born in Mollet del Vallès
1934 – Begins as a self-taught painter. Influence Mir.
1941 – He studies at the Baixas Academy and the Royal Artistic Circle of Barcelona.
1944 – For 2 years he works in the studio of Pere Pruna, who teaches him the technique of mural and engraving.
1945 – Learns restoration at Miracle Workshop.
1946 – Works in the studio of Carles Pellicer for 14 years.
1947 – Member of the Maillol Circle.
1957 – Organizer of the May Salon.
1978 – Member of the Cofrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin de Bourgonge, France.
1979 – Honorary member of the International Painting Fund of Barcelona.
Member of the Academy of Arts and Work, Parma.
1981 – Member of the Société Académique d’Education et Encouragement “Arts-Sciences-Lettres” in Paris.
Member of the Société National des Beaux-Arts de Paris.
1985 – Member of the Rotary Club Barcelona Condal.
1988 – Member of the Board of the Royal Artistic Circle of Barcelona.
1993 – President of the Royal Artistic Circle of Barcelona.
Born Patron of the Güell Foundation.
1996 – Donates his art collection to Mollet del Vallès.
Founding director of the Joan Abelló Municipal Foundation.
1997 – Re-elected president of the Royal Artistic Circle of Barcelona.
Gold medal of the city of Mollet del Vallès.
2001 – Elected member of the Royal Catalan Academy of Fine Arts of Sant Jordi.
2002 – Presentation of the diploma and badge as an academic of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Sant Jordi.
The Generalitat de Catalunya grants him the Creu de Sant Jordi.
2003 – The Agrupación Española del Fomento Europeo names him an honorary member and awards him the gold medal.
2005 – Creation of the Sala Abelló at the Musée de Tahití et des Îles Te Fare Iamanaha.
2006 – Organizes and presides over the 125th anniversary of the Royal Artistic Circle of Barcelona.
2008 – He is presented with the recognition of the BART’08 Art Salon by Hble Sr. Joan Manuel Tresseras, Minister of Culture and Media of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
He died on December 25, 2008 in Barcelona. He is buried in Mollet del Vallès.

Relation of museums with the work of Joan Abelló

Ashmolium Museum, Oxford
Madrid Museum of Contemporary Art
National Art Museum of Catalonia
Bilbao Museum of Fine Arts
Badalona Museum (Barcelona)
Museum of Europe, Laussanne
Museum of Sant Pol de Mar.
Tossa de Mar Museum
Geltrú Castle Museum
Douglas Civil Government Museum, Isle of Man
Vatican Museum, Rome
Poldermuseum, Antwerp (Belgium)
The Courtauld Collection, London
Can Framis Museum. Vila Casas Foundation
Tahiti Museum and Te Fare Iamanaha Islands.

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