Tag: photography

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…

Read more »
Author: Redacció museu

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…

Read more »
Author: Alícia Cornet

2016 at the Museu Nacional: a visual review

Here is a visual review of 2016 at the Museu Nacional. It has been a year of intense activity during which we have concentrated on the construction of a more open and social museum. One of the most outstanding events of the year has been the growth of the collection of medieval material, thanks to…

Read more »
Author: Redacció museu

Marianne Breslauer’s photographs from the trip through our country in 1933

Pepe Serra At a very early age I became interested in art, to be precise, painting. When I was four years old, I already had a passion for visiting museums, and you know, that is no exaggeration. […] At the age of 15 I saw a photo exhibition at the Flechtheim Gallery: portraits of the…

Read more »
Author: Pepe Serra

The albums of Bellezas (Beauties) by the photographer Joan Martí i Centellas

Yolanda Ruiz The photographer Joan Martí i Centellas, who was born in L’Alcora in 1832 and died in Camprodon in 1902, began his professional career in Barcelona, where he worked in different places according to the Directorio de fotógrafos en España. He is the author of three of the most renowned picture albums in the…

Read more »
Author: Yolanda Ruiz

The story of an experience at the Tate after the Postgraduate course in Museum Management

Mercè Giralt As a former student in the second year of the Postgraduate course in Museum Management, I would like to take the opportunity to share here one of the best experiences I have had in the field of museums and which I would probably not have had without first studying this programme. Thanks to…

Read more »
Author: Z_Estudiants en pràctiques de Postgraus i Màsters

The Reial Acadèmia de Ciències i Arts de Barcelona’s Daguerre-Giroux camera

Martí Llorens and Rebecca Mutell “I have found a way of fixing the images of the camera! I have seized the fleeting light and imprisoned it! I have forced the sun to paint pictures for me!” One day in 1824, uttering these words, the painter and businessman Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (1787-1851) rushed into the shop in…

Read more »
Author: Z_ Guest blogger

How a watercolour makes it possible to date a photograph and the photo makes it possible to put a face to the painter’s name

Paris, circa 1889 A painter, who we cannot identify, poses seated before the camera lens of a photographer, whose identity we do not know either. The artist has a proud air about him, satisfied with the work he has just done and whose results he is showing in public. The roomy bright surroundings in which…

Read more »
Author: Francesc Quílez

Joan Colom, Photography made Narrative

Exposició Joan Colom

On 6 February 2012, just one month after beginning a new period as Director of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, I had my first meeting with Joan Colom. In July of that same year, his complete archives entered the museum as a donation by the artist and, just one and a half years later,…

Read more »
Author: Pepe Serra