Tag: photography

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

Making of: Oriol Maspons. The useful photography

Cristina Zelich After accepting the commission to curate a major retrospective exhibition about Oriol Maspons based on the collection deposited in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya by the author himself, a collection made up of around 7,000 photographs on paper, I decided to structure the exhibition so that it would reflect as faithfully as…

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Author: Z_ Guest blogger

The Museu Nacional’s programme for 2019

We present today the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya’s exhibitions programme for 2019, centred on the first major retrospective exhibition about Bartolomé Bermejo, one of the most fascinating painters of the fifteenth century. The work of the Barcelona photographer Oriol Maspons will be the subject of a large-format retrospective. The Museu Nacional continues disseminating knowledge…

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Author: Redacció museu

The “cartes de visite” in the Museum Library

Yolanda Ruiz Until the mid nineteenth century, the possibility of having a portrait was a privilege within reach of very few people. The bibliography for the history of photography points to the direct link between calling cards and the boom in the fashion of the photographic portrait that took place in the second half of…

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Author: Yolanda Ruiz

Post-mortem photographic portraits in the nineteenth century

Alícia Cornet Most of us associate post-mortem photography with a custom belonging to other cultures, other countries. We see it as a distant practice, which was performed beyond our frontiers. Nothing could be further from the truth. Photographers here took this kind of portrait photograph too. It is true that the photography of the deceased…

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Author: Alícia Cornet

Joan Colom, the street photographer

One of the best photographers in the history of photography in Catalonia, Joan Colom, passed away this week. Without doubt, a leading figure within the collection of photography of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. Accountant by profession, he was self-trained and joined the Agrupació Fotogràfica de Catalunya in 1957. Taking photos with his Leica…

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Author: Redacció museu

The museum’s collection of photographic portraits of artists

Alícia Cornet The museum conserves a collection of portraits of artists taken in the most important photographic studios in Barcelona in the third quarter of the nineteenth century. In this article we shall talk about four of these studios: the Napoleón, and those of Antoni Esplugas, Joan Martí Centellas and Pau Audouard. Photographic innovations Three…

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Author: Alícia Cornet

2016 at the Museu Nacional: a visual review

Here is a visual review of 2016 at the Museu Nacional. It has been a year of intense activity during which we have concentrated on the construction of a more open and social museum. One of the most outstanding events of the year has been the growth of the collection of medieval material, thanks to…

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Author: Redacció museu

Marianne Breslauer’s photographs from the trip through our country in 1933

Pepe Serra At a very early age I became interested in art, to be precise, painting. When I was four years old, I already had a passion for visiting museums, and you know, that is no exaggeration. […] At the age of 15 I saw a photo exhibition at the Flechtheim Gallery: portraits of the…

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Author: Pepe Serra

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