Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

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Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, besides being housed in one of the city's most impressive buildings, holds one of the most complete collections of Romanesque art in the world, and the value of its artistic collection is incalculable.Presiding over the entrances to Montjuïc, it is in a privileged location and keeps one of the city's most important cultural riches.

A palace of Catalan medieval art

The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) in Parc de Montjuïc greets you from the imposing Palau Nacional, the work of Eugenio Cendoya and Enric Catà built for the International Exposition in 1929.

The national art museum holds the best collection of Romanesque murals in the world, lots of them rescued from small rural churches in the Pyrenees and transported to Barcelona to protect Catalonia's heritage. These original, post 11th-century paintings, such as those of Sant Quirze de Pedret and Santa Maria d’Àneu, are of unique value.

One of the masterpieces in the collection consists of the paintings from the Sant Climent de Taüll apse, with the famous Pantocrator or Christ in Majesty, unquestionably the masterpiece of the 12th century and tangible proof of the creative power of Catalan painting.

A big art gallery

The museum houses works by the best representatives of Catalan Modernisme too, such as Gaudí and Casas. It also has a collection of Gothic art and another of work by European Renaissance painters, for example, Titian and Velázquez. Interest in its contemporary art collection focuses on the works of Solana, Dalí and Alfred Sisley,

The museum's origins date back to 1934, when it opened with a medieval collection. Gradually it turned into the big museum we know today, adding the famous Romanesque art exhibition hall and, finally, in 2004, the modern art collection.

Surrounded by nature and in a privileged location, the variety of its collections over time can give us the pleasure of learning through art.


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