#62 Catalan Modernism Museum

My name is Rosa and I would like to adopt the Catalan Modernism Museum.

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Interior of the Museum (Photograph courtesy of Museu del Modernisme Català)

Tell us a bit more about yourself
I am from Barcelona, and I have a degree in Art History by the University of Barcelona. I really love Art History!! I have worked for several cultural centres of Barcelona as an Art History teacher, such as La Casa Elizalde, and even at the University of Barcelona when I was a Doctorate Scholar. I have also worked in the Educational Department of the City History Museum and the National Museum of Catalonia Art of Barcelona doing visits and conducting workshops for children. Last year I designed the educational programme for the European Museum of Modern Art, and I also worked for an English Academy, The Castle, as a guide / teacher of the summer course English and Culture in Barcelona. Currently I practise the Micro Blogging in my Twitter account, @rtarroja, and I hope beginning my own blog in a several weeks.

Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum
The Catalan Modernism Museum, or in Catalan El Museu del Modernisme Català (MMCAT), is located in Barcelona in a central modernist building designed by the architect Enric Sagnier at the beginning of the 20th century. At first, the property was a distribution warehouse for the textile company Fabra & Coats, but in 1980 it was bought for the Gothsland Gallery. Now it has been renovated in order to house MMCAT. It is open daily from 10am to 8pm, except for Sundays when the museum closes at 2pm. The ticket costs 10€, although you can ask for discounts on their website or via telephone on +34 932722896.

Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?
As I have explained before, I have worked as an Art History teacher in La Casa Elizalde. When I went to MMCAT last year with my students, they were both glad to see Catalan art on display, and at the same time amazed. Not only pictures or scupltures by some of the most important Modernists Catalan artists such as Lambert Escaler, but also absolutely fabulous furniture pieces, even Gaudi’s chairs! But I am afraid that only a few people in the city know this special place, and it’s not on the tourist trail. For this reason I would like to adopt the Catalan Modernism Museum.

Why would you recommend people visit?
I think it’s very important for Barcelona to promote new cultural spaces. The Modernism Route is, probably, one of the most important in our city. Although MMCAT is included in this interesting itinerary, normally tourists go to La Pedrera, The Park Güell or The Sagrada Familia. I think the most important reason I recommend people visit this special museum is the concept behind it: the need to display the collection that Fernando Pinós and María Guirao have formed during almost 40 years. Rigour and the search for emblematic and representative pieces of Catalan Modernism are essential in the museum’s collection, which comprises 350 works of art of the most representative artists of Catalan Modernism in its different disciplines: painting, sculpture, furniture and decorative arts. A different way to introduce people to Modernism.

How would you sum up your museum in three words?
Different, interesting, emblematic

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