Building History

  • Twenties

    With the exhibition of 1929 Barcelona won the Montjuïc mountain, over time, it become a leisure and culture place for all.

     

     

     

    Photo:
    The Graf Zeppelin flew past Barcelona on 16 May 1929 during the International Exposition of 1929.

  • 1920

    Project by Josep Puig i Cadafalch

     

     

     

     

    Photo:
    Aerial site view of the 1929 International Exhibition.

  • 1924

    Project by the architects Eugenio P. Cendoya (in Spanish), Enric Catà (in Spanish) and Pere Domènech i Roura (in Spanish).

     

     

     

     

     

    Image:
    The preliminary project of the Palau Nacional, the Gran Saló.

  • 1926

    The ceremony to lay the foundation stone of the Palau Nacional was held on 30th June 1926.

     

     

     

     

    Photo:
    State of the work on the main front of the building (1928)

     

     

  • 1929

    Inauguration of the Palau Nacional

     

     

     

     

    Photo:
    King Alfonso XIII inaugurating the Exposition at the balcony of the Throne Room.

  • 1934

    Venue for the Museu d'Art de Catalunya.

     

     

     

     

    Photo:
    Inauguration of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya at the Sala Oval.

  • 1985

     
    Assignment to the architect Gae Aulenti the remodeling project of the Palau Nacional.

     

     

     

     

    Photo:
    First projects and debates about rehabilitation.

  • 1990

    Start of the first phase of the rehabilitation works following the project by the architects Gae Aulenti and Enric Steegman (Catalan).

     

     

     

     

    Image:
    View of the Sala Oval with the incorporation of new equipments according to the Aulenti's project.

  • 1992

    Rehabilitation of the Sala Oval (Olympic ceremony), consolidation and partial structural adaptation of the two temporary exhibition rooms.

     

     

     

     

    Photo:
    Works on the stairs and adjacent vestibule in March 1992.

     

  • 1995

    The reinstallation of the Romanesque Art Collection signified the reopening of the museum to the public.

     

     

     

     

    Photo:
    One of the exhibition rooms of the Romanesque Art Collection of the Museu Nacional
     

  • 1997

    Installation of the Gothic Art Collection, which completed the medieval art collection of the museum.

     

     

     

     

    Photo:
    One of the exhibition rooms of the Gothic Art Collection of the Museu Nacional

  • 2000

    The second and last phase of the works for the consolidation of the building as the venue for the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya were started, for the definitive installation, in 2004, of all its art collections.

     

     

     

    Photo:

    One of the exhibition rooms of the Modern Art Collection of the Museu Nacional

  • 2002

    In March the architectural and museographical work began, led by Gae Aulenti and Josep Benedito (catalan).

     

     

     

    Photo:

    One of the exhibition rooms of the Modern Art Collection of the Museu Nacional

  • 2003

    Inauguration of the small temporary exhibition room.

     

     

     

    Photo:

    The temporary exhibition room 2 of the Museu Nacional

  • 2004

    Completion of the conditioning works of the Palau Nacional and the move and installation of the modern art collections, up until then located in the Parc de la Ciutadella.

     

     

     

     

    Photo:
    On 16 December, their Majesties the King and Queen presided the official inauguration.

  • 2010

    In May the remodelling of the Gothic Art Room was.

     

     

     

     

    Photo:
    One of the exhibition rooms of the Gothic Art Collection of the Museu Nacional

  • 2011

    In June the remodelling of the Romanesque Art Room was inaugurated.

     

     

     

     

    Photo:
    One of the exhibition rooms of the Romanesque Art Collection of the Museu Nacional

  • 2013

    Remodelling of the Foyer to improve the reception of the visitors and the opening of the rooftop viewpoints.

     

     

     

     

    Photo:
    Current outside view of the dome of the Museu Nacional's building.

  • 2014

    Inauguration of the new display of Modern Art during the Mercè.

     

     

     

     

    Photo:

    One of the exhibition rooms of the new Modern Art display of the Museu Nacional.

  • 2018

    Inauguration of the new display of Reinassance and Baroque 

     

    Photo:

    One of the new halls of the new presentation of Reinassance and Baroque

  • 2019

    Inauguration of the new display of Modern Art at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

     

    Photo:

    One of the new halls of the new presentation of Modern Art