Antoni Vila Casas receives the distinction of Adoptive Son of Palafrugell

Antoni Vila Casas receives the distinction of Adoptive Son of Palafrugell

Antoni Vila Casas has received the title of Adoptive Son of Palafrugell (Baix Empordà) this Saturday at noon at the Can Mario Museum in the municipality. The recognition was unanimously approved at the December plenary session due to its link with the town of Baixemporda through the opening of this museum. During the event, the “human and artistic” figure of Antoni Vila Casas was highlighted and he was given an honorary diploma and a silver medal, certifying the distinction. The event was attended by the Councilor for Culture of the Palafrugell City Council, Josep Piferrer; from the FVC’s Presidential Art Advisor, Natàlia Chocarro; from the president of the FVC, Antoni Vila Casas and; from the mayor of Palafrugell, Joan Vigas.

The link between Vila Casas and Palafrugell is established from Can Mario, the Museum of Contemporary Sculpture that the Vila Casas Foundation inaugurated in 2004 in the municipality. The equipment houses around 220 sculptures that date from the sixties to the present day and that belong to several artists born or resident in Catalonia.

According to municipal sources, the fact that, in addition, temporary exhibitions are organized every year, and the participation of Vila Casas in “the cultural and social life” of the municipality have made it become the second Adoptive Son of the town after the artist Modest Cuixart.

Antoni Vila Casas

Antoni Vila Casas was born on November 27, 1930 in Barcelona. In 1956 he graduated in pharmacy from the University of Barcelona and in 1960 he was founder and chairman of the board of directors of Laboratoris Prodes (Prodesfarma), which in 1995 merged with Laboratoris Almirall.

In addition to being a businessman, he has stood out as a patron of numerous cultural initiatives, and in 1986 he created the Vila Casas Foundation, of which he is president, which has opened several art museums in Torroella de Montgrí (Baix Empordà), Barcelona and Palafrugell He is also a member of the Social Council of the University of Barcelona, ​​of the Royal Catalan Academy of Fine Arts of Sant Jordi and of the Royal Academy of Pharmacy of Catalonia.

In 1996 he received the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit, in 1999 he was awarded the Cross of Sant Jordi and in 2004 the Montblanc Prize for patronage, granted by the Montblanc Foundation. In 2022 he received the Gold Medal from the Generalitat de Catalunya.


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