Bermejo, a Fifteenth-century Rebel Genius

Joan Molina As soon as you enter the exhibition Bermejo: The 15th Century Rebel Genius a painting catches your eye. It is Christ of the Pietà, a work painted around 1470. You will be moved by, among other things, finding yourself looking at a depiction of the naked Christ, covered only by a transparent gauze,…

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Corto Maltés in the Museu Nacional, new adventures

Antoni Guiral Corto Maltès, a reference of comic strips for adults In 1967, Hugo Pratt, an Italian comic book creator with many years of experience, conceived a long format comic: The Ballad of the Sea Salt. In this work, set in the First World War, and pre-published for instalments in the Italian magazine Sgt. Kirk,…

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The museum is on the move!

Núria Perales and Patrícia Prats The Museu Nacional is in constant movement and we have started the year with an action in the street which allows us to confirm this literally. A total of 14 works of the collection have travelled by tram for two months and have surprised the travellers, more accustomed to seeing…

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Author: Ana Ponce

A special visit: taking the classroom into the home and into the museum

Julián Artacho and Dídac Bautista In January, 11 year-old Dídac visited the museum with his in-home care teacher and his mother. We were particularly delighted to welcome them.   Dídac doesn’t go to school because of a medical condition which is why the Ministry of Education provides him with this service. The visit went further…

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The Energy-Saving Marathon at the Museu Nacional: small actions that combat energy poverty

Ferran Pérez What is the Energy Saving Marathon? It is an awareness-raising campaign about energy use and consumption. Its aim is make people aware of the use of energy consumed in public facilities and the need to reduce this consumption. By paying attention to the use we are making of energy, we can greatly reduce…

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Author: Ferran Pérez

The fantastical world of Japan in the Museu Nacional collections

Ricard Bru In the summer of 2018, the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid organised, together with the Fundación Japón, an exhibition dedicated to supernatural Japanese beings known as yōkai. Entitled Yōkai: iconografía de lo fantástico, Yokai: Iconography of the Fantastical, the show exhibited, for the first time in Spain, pieces…

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Women in art. From the invented figure to their own bodies

Júlia Lull Sanz The social function of images The art historian Georges Didi-Huberman suggests that images have the ability to “touch on something real”. This statement seeks, on the one hand, to underline the determining social function of images beyond their aesthetic value, and on the other, to stress the evocative and generative power that…

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The discovery of Abellaite and the National Art Museum of Catalonia

Jordi Ibáñez The story of a new mineral and an old pigment In the pretty village of Castell-estaó, in the municipal district of Capdella in the Fosca valley (Pallars Jussà), there is a small abandoned uranium mine called Eureka, where you can find good selection of very rare mineral types. Have you ever heard of…

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Reinterpreting Romanesque painting

Iker Spozio Italian-born artist Iker Spozio came to the Museu Nacional as someone passionate about ancient art and history, and especially Romanesque painting, for which he feels a special attachment. With the project to reinterpret and translate the Romanesque paintings conserved in the museum into his style, he had a period of residence at the…

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Rethinking the Collection: new attributions in the Renaissance and Baroque

Joan Yeguas The reorganization of the Renaissance and Baroque art collection, which reopened in January 2018, made it possible to recover many works of art that had been kept in the storerooms for years. Many had previously been exhibited in the permanent rooms, whether temporarily during earlier reorganizations (like the one in 2004) or as…

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Author: Joan Yeguas