Category: Exhibitions

From Catalonia to Ukraine. From 1936 to 2022. Wars and heritage

Mireia Capdevila and Francesc Vilanova Curators of the exhibition The Museum in Danger! The Safeguarding and Organization of Catalan Art During the Civil War, MNAC, July 2021-February 2022 From the autumn of 1934, with the creation of a modern, functional and comprehensive museum of art at the service of the country, thanks to the efforts…

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Author: Mireia Capdevila and Francesc Vilanova

“Good Hope” dressed with the sun

Joan Yeguas In the current exhibition Maternasis, curated by Àlex Mitrani, and which can be visited at the Museu Nacional until 25 September 2022, you can see a Virgin of Good Hope. The work has been chosen as a symbolic and explicit representation of the gestation of the Virgin’s pregnancy, a subject little known by…

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Author: Joan Yeguas

Sound itinerary for the exhibition “Turner. Light is colour”

Redacció museu Turner. Light is Colour is the first exhibition that the Museu Nacional dedicates to the extraordinary work of the British artist Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851). The exhibition is a journey through the most atmospheric landscapes of the artist, and brings together more than a hundred paintings, watercolours, drawings and notebooks from the…

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Author: Redacció museu

Anything is a lightning conductor but lightning

Antonio Ortega The instructions given to a novice draftsman to transfer notions of perspective to the composition of the drawing are very simple and intuitive: close to the horizon is far away, far from the horizon is near; large is near, small is far away, and we could continue with a list of other similar…

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Author: Antonio Ortega

Towards Modernity: the Fine Art Exhibitions in Barcelona

Manel Garcia Clavero Between 1888 and 1911 Barcelona experienced one of the most important artistic episodes of the modern age. It was a moment when institutional and public awareness of culture was awakened, an initiative that was part of the wish to make the city a capital on a par with the great European centres….

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Author: Manel Garcia

Francesc Paradaltas i Pintó: the Recovery of a Forgotten Biography

Albert Estrada-Rius Why am I writing this post? The reason is to complement, from a personal point of view, the exhibition that can be visited until 1 March in the vestibule of the Joaquim Folch i Torras Library about the figure of Francesc Paradaltas i Pintó (1808-1887). The idea is to return to some of…

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Author: Albert Estrada-Rius

Pastoral, by Celso Lagar

M. Lluïsa Faxedas The exhibition Celso Lagar and Hortense Bégué. The Catalan Years (1915-1918), which can currently be visited at the Museu d’Art de Girona, includes some pieces and documents from the collections of the MNAC. Among them are the small catalogues of the exhibitions that Lagar mounted in 1916 and 1918 at Galeries Laietanes,…

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Author: M. Lluïsa Faxedas

Documenting Gaudí, an exciting task

Mireia Berenguer i Amat has been working at the Museu Nacional since 2000. She joined as a guide and after going through various departments she is currently one of the documentalists in the area of Collections. The exhibition on Nonell was the first one she documented. Even though it was finally not put on due…

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Author: Redacció museu

Conservation and restoration in wartime

Mireia Campuzano i Mireia Mestre The exhibition Museum in Danger! Safeguarding and Organization of Catalan Art During the Civil War is due to end shortly, having highlighted the steps taken by the museum’s directors and technicians to save the Catalan artistic heritage after the coup d’état. It was a tumultuous period, in which ceaseless efforts…

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Author: Mireia Campuzano and Mireia Mestre

2021 at the Museu Nacional

2021 has been a year that has still been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we have worked with the conviction that the museum is a meeting place with art and with others, a collective experience that offers enjoyment, safety, reflection, debate and dialogue in difficult times. For this reason, we wanted to make a…

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Author: Redacció museu