#22 Museu d’Art Jaume Morera

My name is Esther Solé and I would like to adopt the Museu d’Art Jaume Morera.

Museu d’Art Jaume Morera (Photograph courtesy of Oriol Rosell)

Museu d’Art Jaume Morera (Photograph courtesy of Oriol Rosell)

Tell us a bit more about yourself

I am an Art History graduate student. I am especially interested in local art, artistic life at the peripheries, heritage and knowledge diffusion with the help of technology.

Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum
Museu d’Art Jaume Morera is a local contemporary art museum placed in Lleida, Spain. Created in 1914 and opened in 1917 to host the art collection of Lleida’s provincial council, it was soon enlarged by several important donations, made by a local landscape painter called Jaume Morera. These included paintings by some important artists of the 19th and early 20th century, and also paintings made by himself. The interest shown by Morera in the institution’s development made the local government name the museum after him once the artist passed away. The museum holds temporary exhibitions and is open from Tuesday to Saturday (11-14h, 17-20h) and on Sundays and holidays it opens from 11 to 14h. Entrance is free!

Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?
This museum has had a rough history. Even being at the verge of celebrating its centenary it has never had a permanent location. It was first placed in a market building, then moved to an ancient hospital and afterwards was placed for over twenty years in an ancient convent. Nowadays it is placed at Lleida’s ancient Casino building (C/ Major 31), also for a temporary but undetermined period of time. This situation has made it difficult for general population to be aware of the value of the museum and its collection, though they are doing a great job reverting this, especially through school visits and programs of engaging activities. Part of my research deals with this museum, so I hold it in great esteem, and can assure its value!

Why would you recommend people visit?
Its exhibitions allow visitors to get a quick picture of local contemporary art, and also to discover new assets. As it’s located in the heart of the city, you can always wander in and out when having some spare time, and visiting it completely doesn’t take much time. Also,
the staff is friendly and always willing to offer information about the exhibits or the museum

How would you sum up your museum in three words?
Commitment, local, learning

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