Category: General

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

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

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

Three years of Tàndem: the school and the museum, partners in education

Esther Fuertes The year that has just ended marks the milestone of three years of intense collaboration between the museum and the Miquel Bleach School in the framework of the Escoles Tàndem (Tandem Schools) programme. During this time we have worked for art and heritage to become important in the teachers’ training and in the…

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Author: Esther Fuertes

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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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

The Palau Nacional, a building with a long history /2

Montse Gumà and Sandra Esteban in collaboration with Marta Mérida During the Spanish Civil War, the Palau Nacional was evacuated and the works moved to Olot and Darnius. In 1937 some pieces travelled to Paris to form part of an exhibition of Catalan medieval art.  Once the conflict had come to an end, in 1939,…

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Author: Montse Gumà

The Palau Nacional, a building steeped in history / 1

Montserrat Gumà and Sandra Esteban in collaboration with Marta Mérida Montjuïc, the mountain where the Palau Nacional is located, was for many years a marginal zone of the city. The site of the building had been one of the mountain’s many quarries. With the International Exposition of 1929 Barcelona gained the Montjuïc mountain, which over…

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Author: Montse Gumà