Irish painter Sean Scully left Barcelona because of nationalism

The nationalism became too much, according to Sean Scully.

Irish-American abstract painter Sean Scully said he left Barcelona because of the language barrier and nationalism.

In an interview with the Financial Times, the famous painter, who has studios in New York, Munich and now southern France, said he left Barcelona because of Catalan nationalism and the language barrier.

“In the end, we could not bear Barcelona for this sh**,” he told the broadsheet.

Scully and his wife, the artists Liliane Tomasko, who speak Spanish fluently, left the city “due to the growth of nationalism in the city we loved.”

“In Barcelona, ​​you would go to meetings and they would speak completely in Catalan, as if to say ‘F*** off,'” he said.

In 2015, Scully offered 200 works to the Barcelona City Council in exchange for them being permanently exhibited in its own museum space. The initiative was unsuccessful but, shortly after, the artist created the Sean Scully Art Space in the chapel of the Monastery of Santa Cecilia de Montserrat, a 10th-century construction in which he installed half a dozen large-format works.

The family now lives in Aix-en-Provence.


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Comments


    • Bernat Tortajada

      24 August 2021 • 12:03

      Wait, they’re speaking Catalan in Catalonia! What an outrage! I hope Sean gets to speak plenty of Spanish in Aix-en-Provence.

      Reply
      • Jose l Gon Barbero

        24 August 2021 • 20:37

        Como veo que estas despistado , te explico el español están propio de Cataluña como el catalán, de hecho el español es mas hablado, la imposición nazionalista quiere que el catalán triunfe contra toda lógica y razón. Como detalle el español se hablaba al mismo tiempo en Cataluña que en castilla. Lo pillas.

        Reply
      • Jose luis Gonzalez Barbero

        24 August 2021 • 20:38

        Como veo que estas despistado , te explico el español están propio de Cataluña como el catalán, de hecho el español es mas hablado, la imposición nazionalista quiere que el catalán triunfe contra toda lógica y razón. Como detalle el español se hablaba al mismo tiempo en Cataluña que en castilla. Lo pillas.

        Reply
      • charnegu

        07 September 2021 • 16:43

        Vaya torta que tienes.Charnegu of course.The charnegus, it worst.

        Reply
      • Stop charnegus

        07 September 2021 • 16:50

        Que no cuela……….será francés.No tendría ningún problema,al contrario que tu enfermo paisucho,Bernardito Torta ajada.Charnegus los peores.Para ti,TERUEL NO EXISTE.A ver si te da unas lecciones tu paisano Federico,que aborrece Cacaluña y a los cacalanes impostados que van de lo que vas tú.

        Reply
    • Bernat Tortajada

      24 August 2021 • 12:03

      Wait, they’re speaking Catalan in Catalonia! What an outrage! I hope Sean gets to speak plenty of Spanish in Aix-en-Provence.

      Reply
      • Jose l Gon Barbero

        24 August 2021 • 20:37

        Como veo que estas despistado , te explico el español están propio de Cataluña como el catalán, de hecho el español es mas hablado, la imposición nazionalista quiere que el catalán triunfe contra toda lógica y razón. Como detalle el español se hablaba al mismo tiempo en Cataluña que en castilla. Lo pillas.

        Reply
      • Jose luis Gonzalez Barbero

        24 August 2021 • 20:38

        Como veo que estas despistado , te explico el español están propio de Cataluña como el catalán, de hecho el español es mas hablado, la imposición nazionalista quiere que el catalán triunfe contra toda lógica y razón. Como detalle el español se hablaba al mismo tiempo en Cataluña que en castilla. Lo pillas.

        Reply
      • charnegu

        07 September 2021 • 16:43

        Vaya torta que tienes.Charnegu of course.The charnegus, it worst.

        Reply
      • Stop charnegus

        07 September 2021 • 16:50

        Que no cuela……….será francés.No tendría ningún problema,al contrario que tu enfermo paisucho,Bernardito Torta ajada.Charnegus los peores.Para ti,TERUEL NO EXISTE.A ver si te da unas lecciones tu paisano Federico,que aborrece Cacaluña y a los cacalanes impostados que van de lo que vas tú.

        Reply
    • Michael Brennan

      24 August 2021 • 13:05

      Well it is rather because there are too much nationalist people that oblige to speak Catalan in a spanish region. Many people are sick of this nationalism, exclusion, difaming and racist behavioru of catalans. He is not the first that leave and for sure not the last.

      Reply
      • Alberto

        24 August 2021 • 22:30

        Lluis Pasqual, Albert Boadella, Jimenez Losantos, and many more. Now SCully. They left Catalonia due to extreme nationalism the faced.

        Despite that nationalism (or maybe due to it), 62% of young people in Barcelona do speak Spanish habitually and 28% Catalan. In 2015 it was 56% Spanish / 36% Catalan.

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      • Think twice

        25 August 2021 • 08:15

        Personally I think this has nothing to do with nationalism, here in Spain, regions with own language (Galicia, Vasc Country, Catalonia, Valencia…) use their languages normally, specially in government and of course their languages are taught in schools. If it had anything to do with language or nationalism, he would have gone to any other spanish area like Madrid, Castillas, Andalusia… or maybe Ireland or USA, but no, he has chosen to go to France… where he and his family will be asked to speak French… I would wait for the next news item, which will explain that surprisingly there is a new museum in his name in France for him to exhibit his stuff…

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        • juandemayrena

          28 August 2021 • 01:33

          Please, read Fergal Kenna’s comment. My esperience working there was the same as he describes.

          Reply
    • Michael Brennan

      24 August 2021 • 13:05

      Well it is rather because there are too much nationalist people that oblige to speak Catalan in a spanish region. Many people are sick of this nationalism, exclusion, difaming and racist behavioru of catalans. He is not the first that leave and for sure not the last.

      Reply
      • Alberto

        24 August 2021 • 22:30

        Lluis Pasqual, Albert Boadella, Jimenez Losantos, and many more. Now SCully. They left Catalonia due to extreme nationalism the faced.

        Despite that nationalism (or maybe due to it), 62% of young people in Barcelona do speak Spanish habitually and 28% Catalan. In 2015 it was 56% Spanish / 36% Catalan.

        Reply
      • Think twice

        25 August 2021 • 08:15

        Personally I think this has nothing to do with nationalism, here in Spain, regions with own language (Galicia, Vasc Country, Catalonia, Valencia…) use their languages normally, specially in government and of course their languages are taught in schools. If it had anything to do with language or nationalism, he would have gone to any other spanish area like Madrid, Castillas, Andalusia… or maybe Ireland or USA, but no, he has chosen to go to France… where he and his family will be asked to speak French… I would wait for the next news item, which will explain that surprisingly there is a new museum in his name in France for him to exhibit his stuff…

        Reply
        • juandemayrena

          28 August 2021 • 01:33

          Please, read Fergal Kenna’s comment. My esperience working there was the same as he describes.

          Reply
    • Fergal Kenna

      25 August 2021 • 08:44

      That is right Michael. My brother was working in an international company in Barcelona in fluent Spanish. But the colleagues went on and on asking him when will he finally learn catalan. The catalan language is used as an exclusion weapon.

      Reply
    • Fergal Kenna

      25 August 2021 • 08:44

      That is right Michael. My brother was working in an international company in Barcelona in fluent Spanish. But the colleagues went on and on asking him when will he finally learn catalan. The catalan language is used as an exclusion weapon.

      Reply
    • Stop charnegus

      07 September 2021 • 16:46

      Cacalanismo is a brain sickness.Therapy,therapy and more therapy….y si no,a aguantarse y ajo ,ajoderse.

      Reply
    • Stop charnegus

      07 September 2021 • 16:46

      Cacalanismo is a brain sickness.Therapy,therapy and more therapy….y si no,a aguantarse y ajo ,ajoderse.

      Reply

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