As the world celebrates 75 years since the opening of the Museum of Catalan Art, the Museum itself marks the event by bringing together 75 masterpieces by Catalonian artists, drawn from private collections, Catolonian, European and American museums, and ecclesiastical collections. Including Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and nineteenth century art as well as pieces from the first three decades of the last century, the exhibition takes us on a journey through the history of Catalonian art from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century
Unusually, some of the works have left their usual homes in the churches and cathedrals of Catalonia for the first time to be included in this commemorative exhibition. Some, such as the Beget Majesty, a masterpiece of Catalan Romanesque sculpture, and the great Gothic altarpiece of the Virgin of L'Escala by Joan Antigo, are even being excused from their liturgical function for the duration of the exhibition. The opportunity is also being used to undertake restoration work on both pieces.
The exhibition also provides an opportunity for the temporary return to the Catalonia of some very important works, which, for a variety of reasons, are currently displayed beyond the borders of the autonomous community. These include the Pere Oller relief of the tomb of King Fernando I of Antequera from the monastery of Poblet, which is usually housed in the Louvre in Paris; an Annunciation by Bernat Martorell from Montreal's Museum of Fine Arts; Mediterranea by Aristides Maillol, from the Orsay Museum; and The Farmer's Wife by Joan Miro, from the Georges Pompidou Centre. Another important aspect of the exhibition is the presence of works on loan from Catalonian institutions and museums, such as the embroidery of Saint George and the Princess from the chapel of the Palau de la Generalitat, the embroidered frontal of Jesus and the Evangelists from the Vic Episcopal Museum, and Fortuny's The Carpet Seller from the Montserrat Museum.
National Museum of Catalan Art