The Museum joins the Year Fabra

Today at 7 pm, will take place in Badalona the opening of the Year Fabra that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of this great Catalan linguist and grammarian, 100 of the publication of the Catalan Grammar and the 70 years of his death. The official event of the Year Fabra, which is joined by the Badalona Museum, is held at the Zorrilla Theater, in recognition of the close relationship of Fabra with our city.

Fabra settled in Badalona in 1912 in search of a quiet atmosphere and accommodation that would allow him to offer her daughter Teresa, of little health, the air and sea-baths that doctors had prescribed to her. Thus began a relationship that would last until 1939, when the Fabra family was forced to exile. During the 27 years he lived in our city, Fabra contributed to several associations of Badalona, supporting several pedagogical initiatives to recuperate and reivindicate the language. He was one of the promoters of the Escola Marcel•lí Antich (1927) and of the Escola Catalana, as well as the Edicions Proa (1928). In the city, he also chaired the organization Palestra, and worked as a teacher at the Municipal School of Arts and Crafts, from which he would be the first director. Fabra included some words typical of speaking of Badalona in his General Dictionary of the Catalan Language, such as badiu or micaco, as well as a large number of examples in which Badalona appears. In 1934 the City Council granted him with the gold medal of the city and named him adoptive son.

When in January 1939 the national troops entered in Badalona, his house at number 34 of Mercè's street (now signposted with a plaque) was sacked and a good part of the Fabra library, the result of a lifetime of work and research, was thrown and burned in the middle of the street. The small part that could be saved - around 80 books - is currently deposited by ERC de Badalona in the Historical Archive of Badalona (AHBDN) in the Museum.

In 1968, still in full Francoist repression, the Zorrilla Theater already gave a tribute to this linguist on the occasion of the centenary of his birth. The event, of great political importance, was chaired by his daughter, Carola Fabra and Ramon Aramon. It was on the occasion of this tribute that Salvador Espriu wrote the poem El meu poble i jo, that finally, could not be read since, like a poem by Joan Colomines and like the concert of Raimon, was banned by the censorship.

Throughout the years the figure of Fabra has been the object of numerous initiatives and homages, among them we highlight the literary route promoted from Espai Betúlia that follows the steps of the Master in our city: / ca / api / guia / 83 / pompeu-fabra / ruta-pompeu-fabra-badalona

Photo: Francisco X. Rafols / Museu de Badalona. AI. Col. Mateu Rotger