The Security in the Museum

Joan Josep Pintado Different and varied professions coexist in the museum. The trades that first come to mind are those that come in contact with the works of art and exhibitions: restorers, curators, conservators, registrars, educators, etc.  But there are a whole other series of trades without which the museum would not work: admin staff,…

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Author: Joan Josep Pintado

The 2021 programme of the Museu Nacional

The programme of the museum for 2021 is necessarily marked by the pandemic, which continues to affect all the fields of society one way or another, and also the way in which we relate with the people and carry out our activity. As follows, we present the exhibitions programme of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya…

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Author: Redacció museu

Nonell in context. Beauty from the margins

Francesc Quílez and Eduard Vallès The Museu Nacional has published a book about Isidre Nonell, entitled Nonell. Visions from the margins. The publication is the catalogue, turned into a book, of the exhibition that the Museu Nacional had planned to open in May 2020 and that could not be done, due to the COVID-19 pandemic….

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Author: Francesc Quílez

“Two Beggar Women”. The Museu Nacional’s Fortuny collection grows in importance with a new acquisition /2

Francesc Quílez I mentioned in part 1 that I would analyse some of the details associated with the process of creating this work. The aim is to resolve some of the unknown factors to do with the historical context in which it was made. To begin with, I can state that my first hunch, which…

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Author: Francesc Quílez

“Two Beggar Women”. The Museu Nacional’s Fortuny collection grows in importance with a new acquisition /1

Francesc Quílez On the verge of commemorating, next year, the hundredth anniversary of the acquisition of a workas emblematic as The Spanish Wedding, purchased through popular subscription, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya has recently enriched its collection of works by Marià Fortuny with a new acquisition that corroborates the close relationship that, throughout its…

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Author: Francesc Quílez

A previously unexhibited still-life by Antonio Ponce at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Joan Yeguas The materials in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya’s storeroom include works little known to the public and to Art History scholars. One example is Still-life by Antonio Ponce. An oil painting on canvas (38 x 55 cm), it entered the museum in 1962 as part of the bequest of Domènec Teixidó i…

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Author: Joan Yeguas

Welcome, modern times!

Mariàngels Fondevila One of the essential tasks of conservators is restructuring the collection, as well as stimulating its growth, so that it does not stagnate like a Pontine marsh. The museum has reopened the room Modern Life: Photography, Advertising, Film and Design, adding previously unexhibited works, and some newly admitted ones, to those already in…

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Author: Mariàngels Fondevila

Vidal Ventosa: Vallcarca, the Civil war and El Guayaba by Torres Campalans

Eduard Vallès There are characters who, without much fuss, appear behind countless cultural projects. One of the most solid cases in Catalan art is that of Miquel Utrillo, whose work had effects on heritage, art criticism and cultural initiatives of all kinds and the most difficult to measure, as the transmission of ideas or the…

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Author: Eduard Vallès

Intrusive dialogues: placing art at the centre of our times

Àlex Mitrani The opening up of the collection to a new flexibility Putting things out of place, to refind ourselves. We need to do regular exercises to position ourselves again, to understand things in a different, refreshing way. The great national museums have patrimonial and symbolic requirements that contribute to a certain statism that results…

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Author: Àlex Mitrani

Barcelona, a manufacturing centre of weighing scales / 2

Albert Estrada-Rius The correct weight of coins, a matter of public order Rulers have always claimed the power to guarantee metrological public order for the benefit of the common good. This means that it has traditionally been the authorities that have compulsorily established the system of weights and measures in force in transactions. This responsibility…

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Author: Albert Estrada-Rius