Tag: heritage

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

The scattered patrimony of the Jewish cemetery of Montjuïc

Jordi Casanovas Surprisingly, once the Jewish cemetery had disappeared as a legal entity, and after intensive reuse of its gravestones as building material, the presence of large blocks with Hebrew inscriptions on them in one part of the mountain of Montjuïc still caught the attention of many people who were walking around it. Hence the…

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Author: Jordi Casanovas

Collectors that have made museums

If there is one thing that the museums of Catalonia are noted for it is being the result, not of ancient royal collections, as is the case with the Belgian royal museums, or, closer to home, the Prado Museum, but of private collections that have been purchased, bequeathed, donated or ceded to the Museums Board…

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Author: Redacció museu

Peter of Portugal, King of the Catalans (1464-1466). A cursed prince redeemed by art?

Albert Estrada-Rius Events are a good pretext to commemorate historic events or to remember forgotten characters. This year we are celebrating 550 years of the death of an infant from the royal household of Portugal, called Peter, who ended up reigning in Catalonia between 1464 and 1466 with the name of Peter IV. The context…

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Author: Albert Estrada-Rius

Talking of museums in China /2

Conxa Rodà We talked in a previous post of the tour that the Museu Nacional was invited to do by Museums and the Web to three Chinese cities and we commented on the characteristics and challenges of the museums there. Today we’ll share content extracted from the lectures and show the museums we visited. Talks and…

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Author: Conxa Rodà

Two hours at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya/2

Artur Ramon If we enter the Oval Hall – a huge ballroom without an orchestra – and go up to the next floor we come to the recently redesigned Modern Art collections. Here the discourse is both thematic and chronological. The MNAC is a museum of museums, like a Russian matryoshka doll. It is also…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

The Violinist by Pablo Gargallo: a question of incompatibility

Àlex Masalles examinant l’escultura

Pablo Gargallo’s sculpture The Violinist is suffering serious deterioration due to the incompatibility of the materials with which it is made: a wood armature covered with lead. For this reason, the Friends of the Museu Nacional have started a crowdfunding campaign Lets Save theViolinist. Conservator Àlex Masalles explains the details of the sculpture, the study…

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Author: Àlex Masalles

Two hours at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya/1

Artur Ramon Whenever I accompany a foreign friend to the Museu Nacional I try to follow a chronological path in order to help him or her to grasp the magnitude of the collections in an orderly manner. I start with the Romanesque Art section and its “Sistine Chapel”, the misnamed Pantocrator by the Master of…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

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

How we restored the Romanesque woodcarving of Saint John the Evangelist

Mireia Mestre Few would guess from which institution comes the Romanesque woodcarving of Saint John the Evangelist that is currently exhibited as a guest work at the Museum Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. An important art collector, the provost from Vilafranca Manuel Trens, a priest who was also director of the Museum Diocesà de Barcelona, donated…

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Author: Mireia Mestre