The Baroque in the Solsonès: get to know it in person

Cristina Sanjust Every quarter, the Amics del Museu Nacional take a trip to know better the Catalan heritage: “The museum’s walks”. The last one took them to discover the Solsonès baroque legacy. Cristina Sanjust was their guide and now she explains to us her experience of this visit from the inside. As a tourist guide…

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An Almoravid thurible in Romanesque art

This week’s blog includes a version of the text published in the blog of the Museum of the Alhambra, which links Romanesque works in different museums, including ours, to an Almoravid thurible in the Alhambra’s collection. Museum of the Alhambra One of the most outstanding bronzes to be found exhibited in the Museum of the…

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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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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) is now available at the end of this post. There are “righteous furies”, rages which are…

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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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Panoramic wallpapers, a winter journey through the museum’s landscapes

Julia Pelletier At Christmastime, the educArt room was full of families creating a landscape together. On average, 35 people every day, adults and children, took part in this proposal devised and conducted by the textiles designer and illustrator Julia Pelletier. The panoramic wallpapers that this workshop created can be seen free of charge in the…

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“Construint a la sala”, build The House of the Future

CALAS What is for us a house? How do we imagine our house of the future?  Who writes our future? These are some of the questions we have posed this year to children who have materialised their ideas and illusions about the HOUSE OF THE FUTURE in a creative way by means of the construction…

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The digital publishing of the museums’ publications, an opportunity

Javier Celaya Digital publishing provides a major opportunity for making our content more accessible to the public.  With the holding of the Líber book fair this October in Barcelona a lot has been said about electronic publishing and distribution.  Within this context, we have asked Javier Celaya for some hints and recommendations to activate digital…

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Computer vision as applied to works of art: a new perspective

Pilar Rosado We have invited Dr Pilar Rosado to talk about the most outstanding aspects of her research on computer vision as applied to art, the subject of her PhD thesis. This is a post of a specialization that is maybe unusual in blogs, but clearly explained with very explanatory images, which we think is…

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HABEMUS, let’s hack the museums

Christian Díaz. From Bahía Blanca, Argentina A radio programme about museums done by university volunteers. We find the project very inspiring and we have invited them to share the story and the behind-the-scenes. Internet has radically changed the way in which people search and find cultural and leisure content, and the museums, cultural centres, and…

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