2015 at The Museu Nacional: visual summary

Illustration: Laura Fernández

Illustration: Laura Fernández

We offer you a visual summary about 2015 at The Museu Nacional. Moreover, we thank to everyone, the readers of this blog, visitors of the museum, participants of the activities, users of our web and followers of our social media to participate actively. Thanks to everyone we are building a museum more open and social.

Temporary exhibitions

Gabriel Casas.Photography, information and modernity, 1929-1939


One of the first photographers to use the new visual language of the New Vision. As a photojournalist, he covered the main political, social and sport events of the city.

Second beginning. Arts in Catalonia, 1950-1977 


Catalan art after Dau al Set until the beginning of the process of democratic and institutional restitution of the country, through artists, works, exhibitions or editorial projects.

Undamaged. Still Lifes from the Spanish Golden Age


Flowers, food and objects represented delicately. Going beyond the aesthetic fact, the works contain an uncover symbolic message: they remind us the temporary nature of existence or fugacity of beauty.

Xavier Gosé, 1876-1915. Illustrator of modernity


Draftsman, graphic reporter of the style of the epoch, dandy…? One of the best artists of the Paris of The Belle Époque. Open until the 20th of March 2016!

Intervention at the collection galleries

I, John. A Romanesque carving recovered


A restored work in the museum and invited to the Romanesque art collection, coming from VINSEUM. Museu de les Cultures del Vi de Catalunya.

The collection grows

Two stained glass by Gaudí


Installed at modern art collection two stained glass by Antoni Gaudí, thanks to a private loan.

The Goat by Joan Ponç, new loan at museum


For this reason it was celebrated a tribute to the art gallery director, cultural development and collector Salvador Riera.

Artistic creation in the galleries and new open-minded look at museum

The pictorial unconscious (LOOP festival)


The video art of Fundació Sorigué has a conversation with Romanesque and modern art works.

ClanDestines per Destí? Women’s stories on the occasion of International Women’s Day


A spectacle with woman as a protagonist through themes like birth, prostitution, love, lovesickness…

The Illustrated Look: 26 graphic reports of the museum


How do young creators see the museum? Publication and exhibition of their illustrated interpretation, with a multifaceted vision of the museum. A collaboration of the museum with EINA School.

Presentation of the book Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya: un itinerari

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Offers the museum’s personal vision of gallery owner Artur Ramon, full of anecdotes and curiosities about the works of the collection.

Concert of Orquestra Simfònica of Esmuc


The Sala Oval has turned into a magnificent auditorium with the interpretation of pieces of Richard Strauss and Joan Manén in a revival eighty years after the concert in Palau de la Música Catalana.

The Museum’s Night


Just like every month of July, a night of celebration, with the museum open until 1am full of spectacles. This year we have counted on the presence of IT Dansa of Institut del Teatre, the Marxing Dixie Band of Taller de Músics and Ateneu Popular 9barris.


foto Maria Jesús Cabedo

Two days of free spectacles of dance at the Sala Oval, in collaboration with Mercat de les Flors.

Christmas at the Museu Nacional.


An afternoon of circus with Center of Arts of Circ Rogelio Rivel and a concert of Children’s Choir of the Orfeó Català had been the main activities of Christmas programme of the museum.


New APPs 


Two new applications to have the museum on hand: Unique Visitors, encourages us to create personal itineraries of the collection, and CloudGuide which includes routes of the museum and some others of European museums.

New Portal of Photography in Catalonia: www.fotografiacatalunya.cat


Registered in Photography National Plan, with the objective of doing accessible and spreading the photographic historical and contemporary heritage of Catalonia. The museum has codirected the production of the website together with Catalan Agency of Cultural Heritage and in collaboration with a commission integrated by photographers and some other experts. Several institutions have contributed part of their funds. In 2016 it will expand with more centres, more authors and more images and an English version.

Conservation and research

Restoration and work’s cession


Hercules Searching for the Hesperides by Aleix Clapés has been restored and currently on loan at the Palau Güell, its original location.

Restoration and reinstallation of Gaudí’s grilles

Foto: © Pep Daudé / Fundació Junta Constructora del Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família

Photo: © Pep Daudé / Fundació Junta Constructora del Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família

Foto: © Pep Daudé / Fundació Junta Constructora del Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família

Photo: © Pep Daudé / Fundació Junta Constructora del Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família

Restoration of several grilles and other architectural elements from Gaudí buildings and support in defining the new presentation and the reinstallation in the garden of Gaudí House Museum in Park Güell.

Presentation of the volumes of the Romanesque Encyclopaedia in Catalonia


A collaboration of the museum with Generalitat, Obra Social La Caixa and Red Eléctrica.


+ Friends, + books! 

Foto punt de llibre a la biblio 2

A Saint George’s Day campaign, an initiative of Friends of the museum, for acquisitions to the Musuem’s Library. A great number of donations and sponsorships of books has been achieved!

Social Responsibility

Apropa Cultura week


Activities of a cultural venues in order to make society aware about the importance of making culture accessible to all.

Tandem Schools Project


Worked through the year. In order to complete the course, a party was celebrated with the children of the Escola Miquel Bleach who have dressed up in costumes inspired by the works of the museum. The project will continue until 2017.

New visitor services

Bar Service on the Rooftop Viewpoint


A new space with a spectacular panoramic view of Barcelona city.

Network of Catalan art museums

Joaquim Sunyer, Les dues cotorres, 1917

Joaquim Sunyer, Les dues cotorres, 1917. Dipositat al Museu Maricel, Sitges

Joaquim Vayreda, L'estiu, 1877

Joaquim Vayreda, L’estiu, 1877. Dipositat al Museu Comarcal de la Garrotxa, Olot

Development of the Catalan network, increase of cession of works to Catalan museums – Sitges, Olot- and continuous training had been the distinguished actions.


The museum has made numerous loans for exhibitions like Velázquez in Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna and Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais of Paris; Titian – Vanitas, the Poet of the Image and the Shade of Beauty to Prague Castle; and Zurbarán: una nueva mirada, to Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.

Diego Velázquez, Saint Paul, circa 1619

Diego Velázquez, Saint Paul, circa 1619

Francisco de Zurbarán, Still Life with Vessels, 1635-1664

Francisco de Zurbarán, Still Life with Vessels, 1635-1664

Invited by Met to Global Museum Leaders Colloquium


The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has invited 14 directors of museums around the world, including ours, to a meeting that has been a great opportunity to discuss challenges of museums today and to exchange experiences and projects.

Joined to Groupe Bizot, an international group of organizers of big exhibitions


All museum staff wishes you a very happy 2016 !!!

Nadala 2015

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