Tag: 20th century

The Collection of the Propaganda Commission of the Generalitat de Catalunya (1936-1939) conserved in the library

Yolanda Ruiz On the occasion of the exhibition Romanesque Picasso  in the foyer of the Library of the museum, we are exhibiting some documents published by the Propaganda Commission.  The Commission, directed by Jaume Miravitlles, was created in Barcelona on 3rd October 1936 and remained active until February 1939. The activity of the Commission, as…

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Author: Yolanda Ruiz

Lluïsa Vidal, a woman artist in a world of men

 Montse Gumà In 1905 a series of 25 postcards were published of the most important artists of the time, according to its author Francesc Serra Dimas, who portrayed them in a personal and intimate environment.  Among the characters portrayed it is worth highlighting Lluïsa Vidal. In 1915, a second series of 35 new images came…

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Author: Montse Gumà

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

Publicity brochures for naval companies, 1919-1939

Yolanda Ruiz We are presenting the collection of publicity brochures of the naval companies that we conserve in the library of the museum.  It is made up of around forty documents from the interwar period (1919-1939). The Port of Barcelona is the biggest cruise ship port in the Mediterranean and the fourth in the world,…

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Author: Yolanda Ruiz

The Gosé Glossary

Mariàngels Fondevila The exhibition Xavier Gosé, 1876-1915. Iillustrator of modernity allows us to take a look at the figure of a professional profile in between the 19th and 20th centuries, linked to media interests. And, at the same time, it allows a tour to be made of some of the aspects of the Belle Époque…

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Author: Mariàngels Fondevila

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

A museum you’ve never seen! The renewed Modern Art collection

We are reopening the first floor dedicated to Modern Art, after a process of renovation of the collections, the galleries and the museography. We have turned everything round in the museum so as to explain a new narrative and to provide a new way of looking at the collection. These have been six vibrant and…

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Author: Redacció museu

The renewal of the collection: new formats, new narrative

Àmbit. L'artista modern. Retrats i autoretrats

The modern art and contemporary collections of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya originate from the Universal Exposition that held in Barcelona in 1888. From that moment on and through very distinct processes, from museum systems and institutional acquisitions, to private donations and from artists, including popular subscriptions, a collection was formed which at the…

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Author: Juan José Lahuerta

Female identities in art

Ramon Casas. La mandra. Cap a 1898-1900.

The collection of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya conserves a large number of works in which the image of the woman takes on a major prominence, and becomes an authentic advertising claim. Far from perpetuating the most conventional iconic stereotype that projected a fixed cultural cliché, which associated the woman with certain maternal behaviour…

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Author: Francesc Quílez