The Modern Art collection grows

The Modern Art collection grows

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The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya opens two new rooms for the post-war and second Avantgarde art, brings in three new Picasso pieces and the project Room, by Pedro G. Romero, in the Spanish Civil War space. 

With the title A possible Avantgarde, two new rooms at the end of the Modern Art collection itinerary will include those pieces that have recently entered into the museum and that belong to the second Avantgarde period, in between the post-war, Francoism and democracy restoration years. This will be the first art presentation of this period realized by the Museu Nacional, and it is complemented by other exhibitions like Liberxina. Pop and new Artistic Behaviour, 1966-1971, actually open to the public, and Object, totem and matter. Post-war sculpture in Catalonia, inaugurated at the end of 2019. Furthermore, a new space will be opened this spring to exhibit even more new deposits in our collection.

It is important to remark that the exhibited pieces are property of Museu Nacional and Generalitat de Catalunya, but also some other pieces come from MACBA, Fundació Tàpies, Fundació Rogent, Fundació Palau, and many more. Thanks to these loans and collaboration agreements it will be possible to offer a careful and consistent representation of the Catalan art of this period, with a display rotation that will show richness and diversity.

Norman Narotzky, Webs, 1956. Long term loan from Generalitat de Catalunya. Colección Nacional de Arte, 2018 

On the other hand, three new Picasso paintings will be included in our collection with the collaboration of Museu Picasso de Barcelona. The first one is a self-portrait, on display in Room 40, Portraits and Self-portraits, from when Picasso was only fourteen and he was studying Fine Arts in La Llotja. The other two selected paintings will be found in Room 41, The learning of the artist. The academy. One of them relies on the academy of the natural, a masculine nude; the other one is a partial copy of a painting by Arcadi Mas i Fondevila, Picasso's source of inspiration, which we can find in the Modern Art permanent exhibition at Museu Nacional.

Pablo Picasso, Self-portrait. Barcelona, long-term loan from Museo Picasso Barcelona in Museu Nacional. Given by Pablo Picasso, 1970 © Sucesión Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2018 

Finally, since the 15th of December until the 28th of April, the project Room, by Pedro G. Romero, will be on display in the rooms dedicated to the Spanish Civil War with photographs, films, documents and bibliography. Room orbits around the psicotechnic checas by Alphonse Laurencic, detention centres that worked during 1937 and 1939 in temples and convents in Barcelona and Valencia. In addition, other artists have been invited, Patricia Gómez, Ma Jesús González, Lola Lasurt and Álvaro Perdices, who worked with these materials and categories amongst the checas in the Archivo F.X., a project Pedro G. Romero has been working on since 1999, about iconoclastic, profanation and blasphemy in relation with the radical art practices and modern and contemporary aesthetics. 

Room, hall. A project by Pedro G. Romero in Museu Nacional. Photo: Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (Marta Mérida), 2018




© Albert Ràfols Casamada, VEGAP, Barcelona, 2017