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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Not all the spoons are the same

The teacher and writer Josep-Francesc Delgado shares his experience as a participant in the educational programme “The art of speaking”.  This programme developed by the museum, in collaboration with the Department of Education, began during the last course in an experimental way.  The main aim is to improve the oral expression of the students from…

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365 days with the Friends

Toni Mata Heaven or hell? We were just a few more than twenty and each of us had a small stone from the beginning of the visit that we had to keep until the end.  The fate of what we didn’t know very well  depended on our fidelity to the game proposed by Natalia and…

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Between two wings, a visual and choral show

Èlia Llach On 24th November, the artist Èlia Llach presented the show Between two wings in the Sala Oval of the Museum, with the collaboration of two entities linked to Poblenou and to Can Felipa: La Coral del Joncar and the Barcelona Estels Club. We have invited them to share the experience in the blog…

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Ethylic Suppuration of Stone or how to bring failure to the museum

Pere Llobera The painter and sculptor Pere Llobera has responded to the proposal to dialogue with the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya through his project Ethylic Suppuration of Stone that can be seen in the Room Educart until 3rd March 2019. After carrying out a research for the museum’s collection, the artist presents an installation…

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Antoni Casanova Estorach: Irreverent Virtuosity

Aleix Roig Although his name has now been forgotten, Antoni Casanova Estorach was one of the most successful Catalan artists in Paris in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. His technical excellence was admired in Europe and the USA, and he won the acknowledgement of critics and public alike. Although he successfully and solidly…

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Evaluating quality in museums

Observatory of Audiences of Cultural Heritage of Catalonia Do we evaluate the quality of the experience in the museums enough? To discuss it and to get to know good initiatives all around the world and here in Catalonia, the 3rd Conference of the Observatory of Audiences of Cultural Heritage of Catalonia, took place on 16th…

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