Exhibition "To the barricades. Anarchism in Catalonia"

Poster vermell amb cinc franges grogues horitzontals i títol de l'exposició

The Communication Library and General Newspaper Archives reviews the history of the Catalan anarchist movement.


Anarchism is one of the most important social movements in the contemporary history of Catalonia. During the last decades of the 19th century, the libertarian ideas that arrived from Europe took root strongly among the working class born with the industrialization of the country. From then until the civil war, Catalan anarchism was characterized by its articulation in unions, by the creation of associations -athenaeums, reading centres, schools- from which to expand culture and education of workers, and the proliferation of publications - newspapers, gazettes- as vehicles for spreading their ideology.

The exhibition of the Communication Library and General Newspaper Archives is a tour through the presence of anarchism in Catalonia, focused on the period of greatest hegemony, the first third of the 20th century, through studies, memoirs, biographies of its leaders and press. You will find prominent figures such as Salvador Seguí, "El Noi del Sucre" (of whom 2023 marks the centenary of his murder), Frederica Montseny, Buenaventura Durruti and Teresa Claramunt.

The exhibition is accompanied by an audiovisual with photographs, posters, journals and other materials.

Most of the documents on display come from the CEDOC, Documentation Centre on Communication.

Visit the exhibition at the ground floor of the library. You can ask for the list of the displayed materials through the Pregunt@ service.

This information is related to the following SDG

  • Quality education
  • Sustainable cities and communities