Category: Collection

The history, legend and representations of Saint Eulàlia in the collections of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Santa Eulàlia capçalera

Milena Pi Historical and legendary events are interwoven in the figure of Saint Eulàlia, whose saint’s day we are celebrating this week. We thought this would be a good opportunity to take a closer look at the historical sources, the origins of her cult, and the symbolism that this relic has for Barcelona and the…

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Author: Milena Pi

The periodic table through the rooms of the museum II

Estratigrafia d'una obra de Carracci

Núria Oriols We continue our visit to the museum’s rooms that we began in last week’s article. Renaissance and Baroque art rooms Preparations with clays As we move into a new room, we observe another change in the type of format. In the different sections of this period the majority of paintings are on canvas….

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Author: Núria Oriols

The periodic table through the rooms of the museum I

Detall d’Homenatge als elements d’Eugènia Balcells. A partir de la seva videoinstal·lació Freqüències

Núria Oriols The year 2019 was declared International Year of the Periodic Table by UNESCO. It commemorated the 150th anniversary of a system to organize and classify the 63 chemical elements that were then known, designed by the Russian chemist Dmitri I. Mendeleev. He based it on atomic mass, and left gaps in which to…

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Author: Núria Oriols

Rebellious views: readings from the collection from an LGBTI viewpoint /2

Víctor Ramírez Tur Intersexualities with Maria Gómez On the first rebellious visit in June we were accompanied by Maria Gómez, activist and researcher specializing in intersexualities. For those for whom the “I” of the LGBTI initials is the great unknown, we should remember that, despite the character’s escape from its definition, we could define intersexualities…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

Rebellious views: readings from the collection of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya from an LGTBI viewpoint/ 1

Víctor Ramírez Tur To talk about the simple desire, Andrés, we talk about Santos. Those afternoons in the Church where you stay imprisoned, perplexed and sucking the wounds from the side of Jesus, or the arrows stuck in Sebastian’s naked body; the wounds are like open mouths, and Genet understood in his day and in…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

Francesc Pausas and Cuba

Membres del Centre Català, La Havana, 1922

Sílvia Lanceta and Juli G. Pausas In this article we continue to discover the figure of the Catalan Modernist painter Francesc Pausas i Coll, discreetly recognised, and who we started to get to know in the article Maria Sampere and Francesc Pausas in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya a few months ago. Last time…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

The Friends want “Font de la vida” by Aurèlia Muñoz to remain in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Font de la vida, Aurèlia Muñoz, 1966Font de la vida, Aurèlia Muñoz, 1966

Balma Badal We, the Friends of the Museu Nacional are starting a new campaign of crowdfunding for acquiring for the museum an exceptional piece by Aurèlia Muñoz: Font de la vida (Source of life) a delicate tapestry of embroidered wool on jute fabric, which the artist produced in 1966.  This work can currently be seen…

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Author: Balma Badal

An Useful Photograph by Oriol Maspons. The School of Barcelona

Raúl Gimeno and Yolanda Ruiz Until 12 January 2020, will be able the exhibition Oriol Maspons: Useful Photography / 1949-1995, which takes an extensive look at the photographer’s work. In the exhibition there is a photograph of the poets Jaime Gil de Biedma, José Agustín Goytisolo and Carlos Barral posing with the literary critic Josep…

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Author: Raúl Gimeno

A version of a painting by Quentin Metsys in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Joan Yeguas The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya’s reserve collection contains works little known to the public and to scholars of art history. One example is Oratory (1525-1618). It is a small wooden oratory (97 x 52 cm) with porphyry and onyx incrustations, and a central panel painting. The work was purchased from the heirs…

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Author: Joan Yeguas

Concerning the Antoni Fabrés exhibition at the Museu Nacional

Eduard Vallès The exhibition dedicated to Antoni Fabrés by the Museu Nacional is in many ways a novelty. The most important of them is the fact that it is the first monographic exhibition dedicated to this artist in Catalonia. The last one was held in one of the countries where Fabrés worked, Mexico, where he…

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Author: Eduard Vallès