Category: General

Corto Maltés in the Museu Nacional, new adventures

Antoni Guiral Corto Maltès, a reference of comic strips for adults In 1967, Hugo Pratt, an Italian comic book creator with many years of experience, conceived a long format comic: The Ballad of the Sea Salt. In this work, set in the First World War, and pre-published for instalments in the Italian magazine Sgt. Kirk,…

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A special visit: taking the classroom into the home and into the museum

Julián Artacho and Dídac Bautista In January, 11 year-old Dídac visited the museum with his in-home care teacher and his mother. We were particularly delighted to welcome them.   Dídac doesn’t go to school because of a medical condition which is why the Ministry of Education provides him with this service. The visit went further…

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The Energy-Saving Marathon at the Museu Nacional: small actions that combat energy poverty

Ferran Pérez What is the Energy Saving Marathon? It is an awareness-raising campaign about energy use and consumption. Its aim is make people aware of the use of energy consumed in public facilities and the need to reduce this consumption. By paying attention to the use we are making of energy, we can greatly reduce…

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Author: Ferran Pérez

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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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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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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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

Museums today and tomorrow: open is the way

Conxa Rodà From my very loooong, long experience as a museum professional, I can recommend you one thing: be open. This unfolds in two: open your eyes, open your minds. Open your eyes Open your eyes to see what others are doing: other museums, other cultural institutions, others beyond our sector. Benchmark. Network as much…

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Author: Conxa Rodà

What can we do in the museum (other than exhibitions)?

Norma Vélez We are starting up the New Year with many very diverse proposals of activities, to be able to live the museum through fun and learning experiences.  The programming of activities contributes to turning the museum into a social space, of creation, reflection and debate, with proposals that boost these fields.  They are our…

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Author: Norma Vélez

Not all the spoons are the same

The teacher and writer Josep-Francesc Delgado shares his experience as a participant in the educational programme “The art of speaking”.  This programme developed by the museum, in collaboration with the Department of Education, began during the last course in an experimental way.  The main aim is to improve the oral expression of the students from…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger