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The exhibition can be visited for free until the 15th of January

Discover the Soul of Fish

  (SPAIN, 12/19/2011)

Victoria Rabal , artist and director of the Molí Paperer de Capellades Museum, has captured the essence of a variety of fish species that are traded at the Central Fish Market in Mercabarna, Barcelona, using an old Japanese engraving technique called gyotaku.

The free exhibition, called "The Fish of Mercabarna", displays a selection of sixty engravings made by the artist.

The technique, which dates back to the mid-19th century, consists of inking a fish with a paintbrush, placing it on a piece of paper and then pressing down until the paper absorbs the fish’s shape. The result is a beautiful engraving that faithfully reflects the texture, relief and size of the fish.

The artist Victoria Rabal inking a fish at the Central Fish Market

For the project, Ms Rabal set up a workspace inside the Market for a year where, with the collaboration of Mercabarna management and wholesalers, she had access to the large diversity of species in the centre.

In addition to a selection of engravings, the exhibition displays a video showing the creation process and all the secrets of gyotaku and, a catalogue is also on sale.

The exhibition is taking place now until the 15th of January, Monday to Friday, from 9 to 18 and on Saturday from 9 to 13.

The artist's engraving of a grouper

About Mercabarna Central Fish

The Central Fish Market in Mercabarna was opened on the morning of 3 to 4 October 1983. It had previously been located in Carrer Wellington in Barcelona. 

The Central Fish Market premises cover some 30,000 square metres. More than 50 wholesale companies are established there with 80 points of sale. The market has processing halls for gutting and filleting, and temperature-controlled areas suitable for trading in frozen produce. There are 14 distribution points (pick-up points).

The Market moves around 100,000 tonnes of produce per year, 85 percent of which is fresh. At the present time almost 50 percent of produce is of Spanish origin, the rest being imported from the European Union or other countries.

The Central Fish Market in Mercabarna

The Market has grown constantly over the years and has incorporated improvements in its infrastructure to meet new health and hygiene regulations. These improvements have made the Mercabarna Central Fish Market the leader amongst European wholesale markets with regard to fulfilment of the most recent technical, commercial, health and environment regulations.

Source: Mercabarna S.A.

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