The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is immersed in a new project intended to give it the central position it should have in society as a cultural reference of the first order. The Museu Nacional needs to be given a clear identity, with the maximum singularity and prominence, in order to become a centre for knowledge and critical participation, a socially established and influential museum, one involved with the community and with an international outreach. In short, the object is a unique and unrepeatable space deployed in multiple dimensions that answer to the complexity and the challenges of the 21st century.
In keeping with the museum’s development since its beginnings and with its principle mission, this project aims to reaffirm its social commitment and its vocation for public service, with the determined wish to:
- Exhibit Catalan artistic expression in its entirety, without chronological limits and with the maximum possible relatedness with the surroundings.
- Enhance the preservation, research, accessibility and visibility of the collections and encourage ample social and educational use.
- Place scientific knowledge, content and idea generation, as well as the collection itself and the museum’s resources, at the service of the public, their enjoyment and enrichment, making the visit, whether physical or virtual, an experience of quality and added value.
The museum must position itself as a top level cultural institution and a social meeting point at the same time, a point of reference for Barcelona, Catalonia and the rest of the world. In this respect, the Museu Nacional must combine two fundamental points of view: to represent a sense of place, reflecting where it is, and, at the same time, to give a universal view from the place it occupies. A museum with a unique model of its own that constantly reworks the stories in Catalan art in their universal context, a museum of diversity, critique and debate.
The present time also calls for new ways of working: the Museu Nacional must be transparent and explain its strategies for action, but it’s also true that at a time of constant change planning tools must be agile and dynamic enough to manage change and complexity. In the mid- and long-term, this Strategy is approached as an open, flexible document capable of adapting, of answering to new and as yet undefined challenges as they arise, a tool at the service of the entire community of the museum and of the citizens, and one that can stimulate us when it comes to putting the change into effect.
To carry out and apply this project, the Museu Nacional proposes taking measures in six strategic areas
: the social sphere, the collection, knowledge and research, the national and international spheres and management, all of them laid out in this publication.