Tag: modern art

The Collection of works of the Civil War of the Museu Nacional: history and memory

Elena Llorens and Eduard Vallès Following last week’s post, in which we reported on the main new items that visitors will find in the refurbished space “Art and the Spanish Civil War” of the collection of Modern Art, today we will focus on the important collection of works from this period preserved by the Museu…

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Author: Elena Llorens

The Spanish Civil War at the Museu Nacional: New works, new artists

Eduard Vallès and Elena Llorens The Spanish Civil War was, without doubt, one of the bloodiest wars in the European history of the twentieth century and as such not only opened a deep wound in Spanish society but also left an indelible mark on the artistic production of the time, formally and thematically determining it….

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Author: Eduard Vallès

Nonell, between tradition and modernity: affinities and complicities /2

Francesc Quílez i Eduard Vallès The banality of everyday life The major iconographic groups linked to the human figure that provided the vehicle enabling Nonell to find artistic elevation are, basically, those that represent the margins of society. However, in truth, a considerable proportion of Nonell’s production depicts his nearest environment, the urban artisan classes….

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Author: Francesc Quílez

Nonell, between tradition and modernity: affinities and complicities /1

Eduard Vallès and Francesc Quílez The following sections are devoted to reproduce a selection  of works by Nonell. The works are divided into several sections that correspond to his main artistic interests and the themes he explored. Each of these centres of interest is illustrated by some of Nonell’s most outstanding pieces, linked to their…

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Author: Eduard Vallès

Maria Sampere, eyes that always look at you

Sílvia Lanceta & Juli G. Pausas She looks at you all the time, wherever you place yourself, a few feet above you, enigmatic. Her haunting gaze captures all the attention. You contemplate the seduction of her eyes, grey as the sea at sunset, full of life and expectations. You follow the luminous sharpness of her…

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Author: Sílvia Lanceta

Nonell in context. Beauty from the margins

Francesc Quílez and Eduard Vallès The Museu Nacional has published a book about Isidre Nonell, entitled Nonell. Visions from the margins. The publication is the catalogue, turned into a book, of the exhibition that the Museu Nacional had planned to open in May 2020 and that could not be done, due to the COVID-19 pandemic….

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Author: Francesc Quílez

“Two Beggar Women”. The Museu Nacional’s Fortuny collection grows in importance with a new acquisition /2

Francesc Quílez I mentioned in part 1 that I would analyse some of the details associated with the process of creating this work. The aim is to resolve some of the unknown factors to do with the historical context in which it was made. To begin with, I can state that my first hunch, which…

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Author: Francesc Quílez

“Two Beggar Women”. The Museu Nacional’s Fortuny collection grows in importance with a new acquisition /1

Francesc Quílez On the verge of commemorating, next year, the hundredth anniversary of the acquisition of a workas emblematic as The Spanish Wedding, purchased through popular subscription, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya has recently enriched its collection of works by Marià Fortuny with a new acquisition that corroborates the close relationship that, throughout its…

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Author: Francesc Quílez

Welcome, modern times!

Mariàngels Fondevila One of the essential tasks of conservators is restructuring the collection, as well as stimulating its growth, so that it does not stagnate like a Pontine marsh. The museum has reopened the room Modern Life: Photography, Advertising, Film and Design, adding previously unexhibited works, and some newly admitted ones, to those already in…

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Author: Mariàngels Fondevila

Vidal Ventosa: Vallcarca, the Civil war and El Guayaba by Torres Campalans

Eduard Vallès There are characters who, without much fuss, appear behind countless cultural projects. One of the most solid cases in Catalan art is that of Miquel Utrillo, whose work had effects on heritage, art criticism and cultural initiatives of all kinds and the most difficult to measure, as the transmission of ideas or the…

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Author: Eduard Vallès