The periodic table through the rooms of the museum I

Detall d’Homenatge als elements d’Eugènia Balcells. A partir de la seva videoinstal·lació Freqüències

Núria Oriols The year 2019 was declared International Year of the Periodic Table by UNESCO. It commemorated the 150th anniversary of a system to organize and classify the 63 chemical elements that were then known, designed by the Russian chemist Dmitri I. Mendeleev. He based it on atomic mass, and left gaps in which to…

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Author: Núria Oriols

The Preventive Conservation Plan in Museums

Juan Antonio Herráez During the week of 7-11 October, all around the museum facilities one could see many conservators without their characteristic white lab coats. The museum hosted the course The Preventive Conservation Plan in Museums, organised by CRAC (Associated Conservators-Restorers of Catalonia), in collaboration with the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya itself and IPCE…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

The National Museum’s 2019

Visual summary Yet another year, we present a visual tour of everything that has happened in terms of the museum’s activity during 2019. With the presentation of the Strategy and Action plan 2019-2022/2032, the museum has reaffirmed its commitment with strategic planning as a central work tool.  This framework document, approved by the governing organs…

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Author: Redacció museu

Is immersion the crucial new algorithm for cultural experiences?

Insights from the 4th Cultural Heritage Conference, Barcelona Irina Grevtsova In recent years, the word “immersive” has become fashionable and it is used to describe almost everything: living as a local in a tourist destination; bathing beneath waterfalls in a digital cascade; going on stage and interacting with actors; taking selfies in pop-up installations, or…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

Rebellious views: readings from the collection from an LGBTI viewpoint /2

Víctor Ramírez Tur Intersexualities with Maria Gómez On the first rebellious visit in June we were accompanied by Maria Gómez, activist and researcher specializing in intersexualities. For those for whom the “I” of the LGBTI initials is the great unknown, we should remember that, despite the character’s escape from its definition, we could define intersexualities…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

Rebellious views: readings from the collection of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya from an LGTBI viewpoint/ 1

Víctor Ramírez Tur To talk about the simple desire, Andrés, we talk about Santos. Those afternoons in the Church where you stay imprisoned, perplexed and sucking the wounds from the side of Jesus, or the arrows stuck in Sebastian’s naked body; the wounds are like open mouths, and Genet understood in his day and in…

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Osamu Tezuka: thanks for the manga!

Nacho Granero The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is celebrating its good harmony with the world of comic strips with the new exhibition devoted to the great Osamu Tezuka. Opened during the latest edition of the Manga Convention in Barcelona, the show offers an incredible look at the original pages that came from the pencils…

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Francesc Pausas and Cuba

Membres del Centre Català, La Havana, 1922

Sílvia Lanceta and Juli G. Pausas In this article we continue to discover the figure of the Catalan Modernist painter Francesc Pausas i Coll, discreetly recognised, and who we started to get to know in the article Maria Sampere and Francesc Pausas in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya a few months ago. Last time…

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The Friends want “Font de la vida” by Aurèlia Muñoz to remain in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Font de la vida, Aurèlia Muñoz, 1966Font de la vida, Aurèlia Muñoz, 1966

Balma Badal We, the Friends of the Museu Nacional are starting a new campaign of crowdfunding for acquiring for the museum an exceptional piece by Aurèlia Muñoz: Font de la vida (Source of life) a delicate tapestry of embroidered wool on jute fabric, which the artist produced in 1966.  This work can currently be seen…

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Author: Balma Badal

An Useful Photograph by Oriol Maspons. The School of Barcelona

Raúl Gimeno and Yolanda Ruiz Until 12 January 2020, will be able the exhibition Oriol Maspons: Useful Photography / 1949-1995, which takes an extensive look at the photographer’s work. In the exhibition there is a photograph of the poets Jaime Gil de Biedma, José Agustín Goytisolo and Carlos Barral posing with the literary critic Josep…

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Author: Raúl Gimeno