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Oriental fantasies of yesterday and today. Reviewing history should also include reviewing its visual legacy

Ro Caminal In the Presence of the Lord, Francesc Masriera, 1891 Looking necessarily means making use of our cultural, socioeconomic and personal heritage to see. The look acts as a technology that disciplines us when interpreting what we see. The spectator, in the first instance, cannot look stripped of that burden that conditions what they…

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Author: Ro Caminal

The Museum as Theatre. A look at the museographical work of the Museu Nacional

Juliette Raussin From the museum as a temple to the museum as an actor in its present For the last five months I have had the privilege of being part of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya’s Department of Museography in the framework of a curricular internship. This experience has been enriching in many ways…

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Author: Juliette Raussin

The Heartbeat of Nature. Drawings from the 19th century from the Museu Nacional collection

Francesc Quílez and Aleix Roig Images of the exhibition. Photo: Marta Mérida The exhibition The Heartbeat of Nature has been put together from the different elements arising from the artist’s relationship with nature. The connecting thread is work on paper, present in the six sections of the exhibition, in which the nearly 80 pieces are…

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Author: Francesc Quílez and Aleix Roig

Connected: let’s creat a project

Esther Fuertes and Dolors Juárez What is Connectades. Fem un projecte (Connected. Let’s creat a project)? Connectades. Fem un projecte is a new forum for experimentation in education, in the search for a sustainable model of collaboration between schools and the Museum. Rethinking the lessons that we learned with the Tàndem schools project with the…

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Author: Esther Fuertes and Dolors Juárez

Nature and modern artistic sensibility

Francesc Quílez and Aleix Roig The exhibition The Heartbeat of Nature is intended to be an immersive experience, given that it immerses us in the relationship, the very close contact, that in the nineteenth century artists established with the physical environment, and how this connection was transformed into a very fruitful response, which gave rise…

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Author: Francesc Quílez and Aleix Roig

The fresco paintings by Annibale Carracci and his assistants, conserved in the Museu Nacional: removal, transferral and shipping from Rome to Barcelona

Paz Marqués Madrid, Barcelona and Rome are the venues for a travelling exhibition curated by Andrés Úbeda, deputy director of the Museo del Prado, with the aim of bringing together an extraordinary group of paintings composed of the fragments of fresco mural paintings, which have been removed, and an altar panel. They were originally in…

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Author: Paz Marquès

Jacopo Amigoni and the replicas of the «Portrait of the Marquis of La Ensenada»

Àngels Comella and Joan Yeguas In the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (Barcelona) and the Museo Nacional del Prado (Madrid), two virtually identical portraits are conserved. This leads us to formulate different questions. Could both paintings have been done by the same artist? If they were, what part did the painter’s workshop play in it?…

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Author: Àngels Comella and Joan Yeguas

The Collaborative DNA of Museums

Conxa Rodà This post is a version of the talk given within the framework of the #JornadaCoeli22 held in the Ateneu Barcelonès on 2nd June. Humans have had collaborative DNA since prehistoric times: to hunt mammoths, to survive, men did so in groups. Today, in order to carry out our projects successfully, we need to…

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Author: Conxa Rodà

Seeing art from a more inclusive perspective

Students of 2n Baccalaureate A (Centre d’Estudis Jaume Balmes) We are a group of students from the second course of Baccalaureate from the Jaume Balmes Study Centre in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. On the 4th of February we visited the various rooms of the permanent collection of the MNAC museum to see the diverse styles and…

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Author: Estudiants de 2n Batxillerat A

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