Category: Collection

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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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

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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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

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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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

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

2018 at the Museu Nacional: a visual summary

We share a visual review of how 2018 has been for the Museu Nacional. It has been a year of intense activity focused on the reopening of the renovated galleries of the Renaissance and Baroque collection and the preparation of the Museum’s Strategic Plan for 2019-2022. We would like to take this opportunity to thank…

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Author: Redacció museu

Santiago Rusiñol in the rooms of the Museu Nacional

Eduard Vallès The museum of the future, and of the present too, must go beyond its own walls and disciplines on a basis of institutional collaboration, a role that the Museu Nacional has internalized for years. The collaboration between the museum and the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (TNC) This year, 2018, has witnessed the first…

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Author: Eduard Vallès

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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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

Exhibitions outside the museum: programme for 2019/2

Presenting the collection in other cities and countries is a constantly expanding line of work at the museum. We have recently published the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya’s programme of exhibitions for 2019. Here we are presenting the exhibitions that will be held outside the museum, as a result of collaboration with national and international…

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Author: Redacció museu

The Museu Nacional’s programme for 2019

We present today the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya’s exhibitions programme for 2019, centred on the first major retrospective exhibition about Bartolomé Bermejo, one of the most fascinating painters of the fifteenth century. The work of the Barcelona photographer Oriol Maspons will be the subject of a large-format retrospective. The Museu Nacional continues disseminating knowledge…

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Author: Redacció museu

The challenge of organizing a congress: work in progress for the 16th National Numismatic Congress

Albert Estrada-Rius The intention of this post is, basically, to explain the genesis, the challenges and the preparations prior to the holding of the 16th National Numismatic Congress, for which the museum will be the venue, from 28th to 30th November. It is entitled Coin Hoards and Finds: Protection, Study and Musealization, and it invites…

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Author: Albert Estrada-Rius