Category: General

Towards an unfinished museography

Lluís Alabern Artworks have various lives; those that they live during their time, in their context, and those which live outside their times, in new periods. We owe the rupture of the unidirectionality and temporal coherence of the History of Art to the thinkers such as Aby Warburg or Walter Benjamin. Under the protection of…

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Author: Lluís Alabern

The registrar in collections management: an emerging profession / 1

Sílvia Tena A little bit of history The office of registrar (an English term that derives from its American origins and influence) came into being in the late nineteenth century, although its roots are buried deep in the European royal collections and cabinets of curiosities of the eighteenth century. In 1881 the US National Museum…

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Author: Sílvia Tena

Joan Colom, the street photographer

One of the best photographers in the history of photography in Catalonia, Joan Colom, passed away this week. Without doubt, a leading figure within the collection of photography of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. Accountant by profession, he was self-trained and joined the Agrupació Fotogràfica de Catalunya in 1957. Taking photos with his Leica…

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Author: Redacció museu

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Author: Redacció museu

Museum Quiz Summer Tour, the trivial pursuit of the museums this summer

Four museums of Barcelona have got together this summer to propose a fun activity together: the “Museum Quiz Summer Tour. Come and play”, a Trivial Pursuit game in teams which took place in each of the four museums on all the Wednesday evenings of July. The Museum Quiz Summer Tour was inspired by the pub quiz, a…

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Author: Redacció museu

Examining the Jewish evidence in the Museu Nacional with Manuel Forcano

Martí Casas Have you ever wondered why we Catalans fem dissabte (clean the house on Saturday)? Or why we eat bunyols (fritters) for Lent? Or why we make slaughtering the pig, an essential source of food in our cuisine, a big public event, but not slaughtering the lamb or the calf, animals that are also…

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Author: Martí Casas i Payàs

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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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

A Gothic panel by Lluís Dalmau, a new addition to the museum’s collection

Cèsar Favà On 31 May the Decapitation of Saint Baudilus, by Lluís Dalmau, originally in Sant Boi de Llobregat, was sold at auction and purchased by the museum thanks to funding by the Palarq Foundation. From this week and coinciding with Museu Nacional Night 2017, it is temporarily on display in room 17 of the…

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Author: Cèsar Favà

Visitor Journey Mapping: walking in our visitors’ shoes

Conxa Rodà In museums and organisations we often talk of the need of better knowing our visitors, our users, with the aim of offering them a better service, matching the needs and expectations of the public and, all in all, enriching the experience. Beyond surveys, visitor studies, A/B testing, defining personas, analysing data, etc., what…

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Author: Conxa Rodà

The museum’s collection of photographic portraits of artists

Alícia Cornet The museum conserves a collection of portraits of artists taken in the most important photographic studios in Barcelona in the third quarter of the nineteenth century. In this article we shall talk about four of these studios: the Napoleón, and those of Antoni Esplugas, Joan Martí Centellas and Pau Audouard. Photographic innovations Three…

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Author: Alícia Cornet