MNAC gallery displays 250 new artworks
The national gallery’s collection includes pieces from the Renaissance and Baroque periods
If you have been to Barcelona, you may remember the large majestic building behind the Magic Fountain on Montjuïc. That is Catalonia’s National Art Museum, known as MNAC, which has just begun displaying hundreds of new artworks. In fact, more than two hundred pieces from the Renaissance and Baroque periods have been put on display in the gallery.
Specifically, MNAC is exhibiting 250 new artworks. What’s more, the museum has reconsidered how it displays its works and is now offering a new way of presenting its exhibitions. Renaissance and Baroque landscapes, portraits, and religious iconography are some of the key elements acting as driving forces of the collection’s overall narrative.
The collection spans over three hundred years, and is organized by theme. What’s more, highlighted are the interests that inspired the artist in the first place, creating a point of contact between the visitor and the artwork. According to the MNAC director, Pepe Serra, the collection “creates a dialogue and questions the visitor from the present,” he says, “It has a modern and open view that reflects the value of the museum’s artworks,” he adds.
“It has a modern and open view that reflects the value of the museum’s artworks”
Pepe Serra · MNAC director
Zurbarán, Tintoretto, Viladomat and Vecellio. These are only some of the artists whose work is now on display in the MNAC, as the gallery exhibits the work of more artists than ever before. The links between the works have also been highlighted, making for easier contextualization and allowing multiple interpretations.
In total, the gallery has around 1,400 pieces. However, many of them are not on display due to a lack of space. Yet, there are plans to expand the museum. So far, the best option for expansion is a pavilion next to the museum, although that will depend on the decision of the public authorities.