10 Key takeaways from Museums and the Web 2017

Conxa Rodà Our team at the National Museum have been active in several ways in this edition of Museums and the Web, held in Cleveland from 19th to 22 April: being part of the program Committee, members of the Jury of the Awards and giving 2 presentations: a 3-hours workshop on content strategy and a…

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Author: Conxa Rodà

The Parisian Melancholy of Ramon Casas

Martí Casas What story does Ramon Casas want to tell us in the painting Interior of Le Moulin de la Galette? It is one of the most enigmatic works by the great Modernista painter, a master specializing in portraiture who rarely painted complex subjects that could be interpreted in more than one way. The subject…

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Author: Martí Casas i Payàs

Who was ‘The violinist’ in Pau Gargallo’s sculpture?

The restoration of Pau Gargallo’s sculpture The Violinist, which we have talked about in the blog, is making good progress. Today we shall see who the musician was that inspired the artist to make the sculpture: Francesc Costa. A violin teacher at the Music Conservatory tells us his story. Judit Bofarull Who was Francesc Costa?…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

The Museu Nacional’s commitment to the environment

As an entity responsible for the conservation of the heritage, the museum is also committed to working for a better society through its environmental policy. In line with the Social Responsibility Policy (pdf) and a code of ethics (pdf), at the museum we have incorporated management policies and systems in the economic, social and environmental…

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Author: Redacció museu

So, where does the anger go?

Georges Didi-Hubermann The following text is an excerpt from the opening lecture of the exhibition Uprisings on view at our museum from February 23 until May 21, 2017. The video of the talk (in French with  subtitles in English) will be soon available at the end of this post. There are “righteous furies”, rages which…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

Illustrated Books from Alexandre de Riquer’s Private Library/2

Yolanda Ruiz Arthur Rackham By the turn of the twentieth century Arthur Rackham had acquired a very characteristic style of his own. He stands out as an illustrator of fantasy tales and for his interpretations of fairies and imaginary beings. He did the drawings for a version of Alice in Wonderland that has become one of…

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Author: Yolanda Ruiz

The Other Side of the Money: The Subversive Coin

Albert Estrada-Rius Throughout history, coinage has been one of the expressions of power most highly valued by public authorities. Moreover, by circulating from one hand to another, it became an extraordinarily effective means of propaganda. This explains the care with which rulers have projected images and messages on it. It is such an obvious and…

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Author: Albert Estrada-Rius

Illustrated books from Alexandre de Riquer’s private library/1

Yolanda Ruiz Alexandre de Riquer is one of the most representative figures of Catalan Modernisme. Especially outstanding was his activity in the field of the graphic arts, in which he displayed great creativity. He was the finest representative of international design in Catalonia at the beginning of the twentieth century because he was the best-informed…

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Author: Yolanda Ruiz

Being a Friend of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, the story of a friendship

Toni Mata We at the Friends of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya Foundation endeavour to compile the testimonies that we are sent by our members. We are happy about, and at the same stimulated by, the fact that they appreciate the activities we organize, the treatment they receive, the crowd-funding actions that we initiate…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

A numismatist? What’s a numismatist?/2

Maria Clua In the previous article, we saw that one of the jobs of a numismatist is to record, classify and study, but what else is done at the Gabinet Numismàtic de Catalunya (Numismatic Cabinet of Catalonia – GNC) once we have the main data and the identifying details of the piece inside the collection…

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Author: Maria Clua