Category: museum jobs

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

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

A numismatist? What’s a numismatist?

Maria Clua As a general rule, whenever I am asked what I do, my reply causes a certain amount of expectation. Let me explain: – If I say, “I work in a museum,” the other person usually says, “Oh, how interesting! Which one?” – If I say, “I’m an archaeologist,” the following comment is, “How…

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Author: Maria Clua

Documentation in the Museu Nacional: a grey task? /2

Neus Conte/Marta Masafret In this second article we will explain two of the projects in which we have been collaborating, as parallel and complementary tasks to the daily documentation tasks. Technical commission for the standardization and development of documentation The first project is the participation in the Network of art museums of Catalonia and, specifically,…

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Author: Neus Conte

Documentation in the Museu Nacional: a grey task?

Neus Conte/Marta Masafret The Museu Nacional manages a large and varied volume of objects of art, some 290,000 works distributed in diverse collections: Romanesque Art, Gothic Art, Renaissance and Baroque, Modern Art (including Photographic Heritage), the Cabinet of Drawings and Prints, and the Numismatic Cabinet. Of this total of works, 164,500 are documented in the…

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Author: Neus Conte

Museums training with the Johns Hopkins University

Conxa Rodà The Museu Nacional has collaborated with the Johns Hopkins University of Washington to host in Barcelona, in January 2016, an onsite seminar within its Online Master of Arts in Museum Studies, as we had already done in 2012. Entitled Museums in Changing Times, the academic programme, of two weeks’ duration, was made up…

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Author: Conxa Rodà

Photographers of museums, photographers and artists working in the shade?

Marta Mérida Soon it will be 24 years since I started working in photographic department of Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. During this time, I have dedicated oneself to take different photographs, always related with the needs of the museum: I have photographed the works for the register and catalogues; I have assisted to the…

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Author: Marta Mérida

The “private life” of the museum: from the nineteen thirties to today

Montse Gumà We offer an illustrated tour in a jump of eighty years in the life of the museum.  Flicking through the issues of September, October and November of the Butlletí dels Museus d’Art de Barcelona (The Newsletter of the Art Museum of Barcelona) of 1936, which reproduce a talk given by Joaquim Folch i Torres, the first…

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Author: Montse Gumà

Paintings in the cathedrals of Europe, congress in Pisa

Restorers, but also architects, engineers, physicists and chemists, conservators of collections, politicians, members of the church and managers, participated in the latest congress about European cathedrals which is held annually in Pisa and that, in its fourth Edition, was dedicated to the conservation of pictorial heritage. Organised by the Opera della Primaziale Pisana, the emphasis…

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Author: Mireia Mestre

A romantic courier trip: two Renaissance portraits meet up again

Hans Mielich. Retrat d’una dona de 57 anysHans Mielich. Retrat d’una dona de 57 anys

One of the habitual tasks of the conservator-restorer of the museum is to act as a courier. It is a job that doesn’t only involve accompanying the work to be loaned for a temporary exhibition but also writing the reports about the state of conservation, of the interventions of restoration (if necessary), supervision of packing…

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Author: Anna Carreras