Category: Library

Transforming the Gaze to Transform Museographical Discourses: Women Artists in the Museum

Mari Chordà. Autoretrat embarassada (1942). Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya.

Ingrid Vidal These days more and more museums are re-examining their discourses and rescuing works by women artists from the basements. To mark International Women’s Day we propose to take a look at some of the ideas that were crucial to, on the one hand, the birth of museums and, on the other, to the…

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Author: Ingrid Vidal

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

The donation by Lluís Masriera in 1932 to the Library of the Museums

Yolanda Ruiz Lluís Masriera i Rosés (1872-1958) is one of the most well-known members of the Masriera family. He was a recognised gold and silversmith, painter, set designer and theatre director who, moreover, became so thanks to the tasks carried out in various cultural entities and institutions, a figure of reference from the cultural world…

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Author: Yolanda Ruiz

The role of Salvador Sanpere i Miquel in the origin of the Library of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Yolanda Ruiz The past of the Library of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is centennial and has always been linked to the city’s museums. For a long period it was of municipal titleholdership until 1990, with the enactment of the law of museums, Llei 17/1990, of 2nd November, when it was integrated into the…

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Author: Yolanda Ruiz

A certain duration: new approaches in the libraries

Carme Fenoll Museums and libraries share many things: we are in a process of change (well, the libraries are surely more advanced), we aim to place the users at the centre, we are questioning historical certainties, we are shaking up the structures, and we are opening ourselves up to the society.  We have invited   Carme…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

Illustrated Books from Alexandre de Riquer’s Private Library/2

Yolanda Ruiz Arthur Rackham By the turn of the twentieth century Arthur Rackham had acquired a very characteristic style of his own. He stands out as an illustrator of fantasy tales and for his interpretations of fairies and imaginary beings. He did the drawings for a version of Alice in Wonderland that has become one of…

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Author: Yolanda Ruiz

Illustrated books from Alexandre de Riquer’s private library/1

Yolanda Ruiz Alexandre de Riquer is one of the most representative figures of Catalan Modernisme. Especially outstanding was his activity in the field of the graphic arts, in which he displayed great creativity. He was the finest representative of international design in Catalonia at the beginning of the twentieth century because he was the best-informed…

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Author: Yolanda Ruiz

The Collection of the Propaganda Commission of the Generalitat de Catalunya (1936-1939) conserved in the library

Yolanda Ruiz On the occasion of the exhibition Romanesque Picasso  in the foyer of the Library of the museum, we are exhibiting some documents published by the Propaganda Commission.  The Commission, directed by Jaume Miravitlles, was created in Barcelona on 3rd October 1936 and remained active until February 1939. The activity of the Commission, as…

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Author: Yolanda Ruiz

Publicity brochures for naval companies, 1919-1939

Yolanda Ruiz We are presenting the collection of publicity brochures of the naval companies that we conserve in the library of the museum.  It is made up of around forty documents from the interwar period (1919-1939). The Port of Barcelona is the biggest cruise ship port in the Mediterranean and the fourth in the world,…

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Author: Yolanda Ruiz

The albums of Bellezas (Beauties) by the photographer Joan Martí i Centellas

Yolanda Ruiz The photographer Joan Martí i Centellas, who was born in L’Alcora in 1832 and died in Camprodon in 1902, began his professional career in Barcelona, where he worked in different places according to the Directorio de fotógrafos en España. He is the author of three of the most renowned picture albums in the…

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Author: Yolanda Ruiz