Cobalt

Montse Badia Geysers at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is a curatorial project that brings together four artistic proposals resulting from a research process at this museum. Ro Caminal and Cristina Lucas will present the results of this research in 2022 and Raquel Friera and Núria Güell will do so in the course of 2023. Performative conference…

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Author: Montse Badia

Active archives, dynamic archives, artistic archives

Montse Frisach In recent years, archives have taken on a predominant role in contemporary artistic practices. Many artists often work with archive materials or even with the idea of the archive as the central argument of their works. Furthermore, museums and artistic institutions have also become aware that their archives should not just be simple…

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Author: Montse Frisach

«Salomé» by Oscar Wilde: a tour of the Collection of the Joaquim Folch i Torres Library

Raúl Gimeno and Sandra Herrera Illustration by Aubrey Beardsley in Salomé: a tragedy in one act (1894). Source: Joaquim Folch i Torres Library Ah! I have kissed thy mouth, Iokanaan. I have kissed thy mouth. There was a bitter taste on thy lips Oscar Wilde Within the collection of the Joaquim Folch i Torres Library…

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Author: Raúl Gimeno and Sandra Herrera

The process of restoring the Christ and cross from Capdella/2

The restoration that sheds light on a work affected by the passage of time. Front and back of the Christ and the cross prior to restoration. Photograph by Jordi Calveras. In the post published on 10 June last year reference was made to the many earlier restorations prior to the admission of the Christ and…

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Author: Anna Carreras

Lina Ódena, the legend of the militiawoman who committed suicide, and the mayor of el prat

Eduard Vallès 18 November 1939. Camp de la Bota, Barcelona At a quarter to six in the morning Lluís Serra Giribert (Manresa, 1903 – Barcelona, 1939) was executed by firing squad at Camp de la Bota. He was 36. Born in Manresa, he was adopted by a well-to-do family in Horta de Sant Joan (Terra…

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Author: Eduard Vallès

Oriental fantasies of yesterday and today. Reviewing history should also include reviewing its visual legacy

Ro Caminal In the Presence of the Lord, Francesc Masriera, 1891 Looking necessarily means making use of our cultural, socioeconomic and personal heritage to see. The look acts as a technology that disciplines us when interpreting what we see. The spectator, in the first instance, cannot look stripped of that burden that conditions what they…

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Author: Ro Caminal

Carracci’s frescoes under the microscope

Now, that the exhibition of the frescoes of the Herrera Chapel by Annibale Carracci has just finished, we take the opportunity to share some of the experiences and information, the result of observing samples of these paintings under the microscope. Usually, the magnification of the combinations of pigment particles in works of art provide images…

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Author: Núria Oriols

The altarpiece of Saint Anthony the Abbot, ergotism and the antonians

Dr. Xavier Sierra i Valentí This text is an extract from the article «The altarpiece of Saint Anthony the Abbot, ergotism and the Antonians» that Xavier Serra i Valentí published in Gimbernat: Revista d’Història de la Medicina i de les Ciències de la Salut, 2021, vol. 75, p. 169-180. Altarpiece of Saint Anthony the Abbot,…

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Author: Dr. Xavier Sierra i Valentí

The Museum as Theatre. A look at the museographical work of the Museu Nacional

Juliette Raussin From the museum as a temple to the museum as an actor in its present For the last five months I have had the privilege of being part of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya’s Department of Museography in the framework of a curricular internship. This experience has been enriching in many ways…

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Author: Juliette Raussin

Five ways to wellbeing. A graphic chrincle from two months together

Teresa González In a previous post we already announced the Art Gran (Elderly Art) project promoted by the Public Health Agency of Barcelona with the participation of 6 museums and cultural institutions in the city. The project, which aims to work for active ageing and to combat the unwanted loneliness of the elderly, was brought…

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Author: Teresa González