Category: Collection

An important episode in the history of graphic humour in Catalonia: the Agell Collection in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya / 2

Adela Laborda and Francesc Quílez With regard to the thematic content, the majority of the works in the Agell Collection reflect the main historical events of the period stretching from the 1880s to the proclamation of the Second Republic (1931). In so turbulent a political context, it is natural that draughtsmen should have acted as…

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Author: Adela Laborda

An important episode in the history of graphic humour in Catalonia: the Agell Collection in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya / 1

Cara i creu

Adela Laborda and Francesc Quílez The journalist, businessman and collector Miquel Agell Nadal (Granollers, 1892-Barcelona, 1949) purchased over 16,000 works by leading names in the history of Catalan drawing, which enrich the material from the last third of the nineteenth and the first third of the twentieth century conserved by the Museu Nacional d’Art de…

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Author: Adela Laborda

Isidre Nonell & Josep Pla: the luminous herrings

Eduard Vallès This article has been published in Catalan and Spanish, with some variations, in the magazine Mirador de las Arts, 3 August 2020. This is not an article about Josep Pla, nor perhaps about Nonell, it is rather about the Nonell of Pla that, for different reasons, ends up being something else. It deals,…

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Author: Eduard Vallès

The Collection of works of the Civil War of the Museu Nacional: history and memory

Elena Llorens and Eduard Vallès Following last week’s post, in which we reported on the main new items that visitors will find in the refurbished space “Art and the Spanish Civil War” of the collection of Modern Art, today we will focus on the important collection of works from this period preserved by the Museu…

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Author: Elena Llorens

The Spanish Civil War at the Museu Nacional: New works, new artists

Eduard Vallès and Elena Llorens The Spanish Civil War was, without doubt, one of the bloodiest wars in the European history of the twentieth century and as such not only opened a deep wound in Spanish society but also left an indelible mark on the artistic production of the time, formally and thematically determining it….

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Author: Eduard Vallès

Small banknotes for Greater Berlin (1921-2021)

Albert Estrada-Rius Everything that has to do with collectors and the formation of collections is generating more and more interest in our home. We have an excellent example in the project Repertoire of Collections and Collectors of Art and Archeology led by academics Bonaventura Bassegoda and Francesc Fontbona from the Institut d’Estudis Catalans. This project…

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Author: Albert Estrada-Rius

A previously unexhibited series by the painter Cajetan Roos (or Gaetano de Rosa)

Joan Yeguas The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya looks after a collection of almost 1,400 works in the Renaissance and Baroque Art collection, most of which are in the storerooms. Like other museums, a percentage of the total is usually loaned out to different entities or public bodies. One of these cases arises in the…

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Author: Joan Yeguas

The photography collection is growing: the new photo repository of Antoni Campañà i Bandranas

Roser Cambray Sometimes the reverse side of a photograph, that is to say, the back of the work, can give us a lot of information about where it came from and where it has been. This entry on the museum blog is based on an enigmatic image, taken in the small town of Kalispell (Montana,…

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Author: Roser Cambray

An extraordinary bestiary: San Pedro de Arlanza. «Griffin» and «Pardus and architecture» / 2

In the previous article we placed the fragments of mural painting from the group of San Pedro de Arlanza in context. In this article we shall discuss the recovery of the work in the storerooms, Pardus and architecture, and compare it to the piece in the permanent exhibition, the Griffin. The two beasts: the Griffin…

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Author: Paz Marquès

An extraordinary bestiary: San Pedro de Arlanza. «Griffin» and «Pardus and architecture» / 1

Paz Marquès The recovery and study of works in the museum’s storerooms, which we normally do in the Restoration and Preventive Conservation department, is a quite invisible job, in the eyes of visitors. It is a fascinating task that enables us to interpret pieces that are little known since they have never been exhibited, given…

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Author: Paz Marquès