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This afternoon, the president of the Government of Catalonia, Quim Torra, presided over a ceremony to present the Pau Casals Prize to Jaume Plensa, who he described as

President Torra: 'Our culture is a symbol of the Catalan people's yearning for freedom and peace'

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President Torra: 'Our culture is a symbol of the Catalan people's yearning for freedom and peace'

  • This afternoon, the head of the executive presented the second Pau Casals Prize to Jaume Plensa in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the visual arts, particularly in the field of sculpture
  • As a recipient of this distinction, Plensa becomes an honorary ambassador for Catalan culture, which he will represent, disseminate and showcase around the world
  • The Catalan culture minister also took part in the ceremony, which was held in the Saló de Sant Jordi of the Palau de la Generalitat
 
This afternoon, the president of the Government of Catalonia, Quim Torra, presided over a ceremony to present the Pau Casals Prize to Jaume Plensa, who he described as
This afternoon, the president of the Government of Catalonia, Quim Torra, presided over a ceremony to present the Pau Casals Prize to Jaume Plensa, who he described as “one of the most internationally acclaimed sculptors, whose work is admired around the world”.
 
“He has taught at prestigious academic institutions without ever losing touch with his roots,” Torra said.
 
The Pau Casals Prize is awarded biannually to outstanding Catalan cultural figures. It is named after the Catalan cellist, composer, and conductor Pau Casals, generally regarded as the pre-eminent cellist of the first half of the 20th century and one of the greatest of all time.
 
The Catalan government awarded this year’s edition of the prize to Plensa in recognition of his long career and his contribution to raising the international profile of Catalan culture. As a recipient of this distinction, Plensa becomes an honorary ambassador for Catalan culture, which he will represent, disseminate and showcase around the world.
 
At the ceremony, which was held in the Saló de Sant Jordi of the Palau de la Generalitat, the head of the executive thanked the Pau Casals Foundation and Jordi Savall, the previous winner of the prize, for their work and stressed the value and importance of Catalan culture, which he said “is a symbol of the Catalan people’s yearning for freedom and peace”. Torra said that Pau Casals himself may be the clearest example of this.
 
The Catalan culture minister said Jaume Plensa “offers us a poetics of visual art that harmonises material and spirit, celebrating the powerful passageway that opens up between an idea and the execution of an idea that aspires to have a social meaning. In this way, the sculptures of Jaume Plensa represent one of the greatest conquests that human intelligence and sensibility can achieve.”