Category: Research

Let the storage rooms speak!

Mónica Baró / Neus Conte / Marta Masafret Mónica Baró has been working at the museum since 2004. She entered the Commercial Management department as an intern and later occupied a vacancy that had arisen in that department. Since 2011 she has been a member of the Registration and Exhibitions department’s team, where she has…

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Author: Mónica Baró, Neus Conte and Marta Masafret

Spring postcards in the collections of the Museu Nacional

Redacció digital The arrival of spring after a long winter is always a time for new beginnings. In the course of the history of art, artists have captured all the elements associated with this season in which the beauty of nature bursts forth intensely, but it has also inspired symbolic connotations such as the ideas…

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Author: Redacció museu

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

The legend of the Grail, a story between literature and art

Joan Duran-Porta Popular culture’s interest in Arthurian literature and the Holy Grail in particular is rekindled every few years. Contributions on the subject – some of them sensible, others truly bizarre – come from fields as diverse as the dissemination of history, best-selling books, or films and television. Then there is a certain kind of…

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Author: Joan Duran-Porta

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

The 130th anniversary of Torres-Garcia’s arrival in Barcelona (1892-2022): Torres-Garcia in the Museu Nacional‘s collections/2

Eduard Vallès This text is the continuation of the previous blogpost, which deals with the collection of works by the artist Joaquim Torres-García in the Museu Nacional. This year sees the 130th anniversary of the Uruguayan artist’s arrival in Barcelona and his settling down in the city where he lived – and trained as an…

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Author: Eduard Vallès

The 130th anniversary of Torres-Garcia’s arrival in Barcelona (1892-2022): Torres-Garcia in the Museu Nacional’s collections/1

Eduard Vallès In 2022 it is exactly 130 years since the artist Joaquim Torres-Garcia (Montevideo, 1874-1949) arrived in Barcelona. I feel the anniversary is the perfect excuse to shine the spotlight on one of the most international artists who worked – and also trained – in Catalonia. That is why we will write about his…

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Author: Eduard Vallès