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Past temporary exhibitions
Domènech i Montaner and the Discovery of the Romanesque
Date: 17th of May 2006 - 29th of October 2006

Curators: Manuel Castiñeiras, curator, Department of Romanesque Art of the MNAC, and Gemma Ylla-Català, assistant curator, Department of Romanesque Art of the MNAC.
The show has been organised by the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya in collaboration with Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya.

This exhibition presents, for the first time, an important selection of the material, hitherto unpublished, that the Modernista architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner (1849-1923) collected for the production of a monographic work on Catalan Romanesque art, which never saw the light of day. It is made up of notes, files, photographs and drawings, compiled largely between 1904 and 1906, which in some cases represent the first known information about groups and pieces that today make the MNAC's Romanesque Painting collection justly famous, such as the apses of Santa Maria d'Àneu, Sant Pere del Burgal and Sant Climent de Taüll, or the Mosoll Frontal.

For this reason, the exhibition is installed in the Romanesque Art Gallery, side by side with the works that were the raison d'être of these documents. Its arrangement suggests the routes followed by Domènech i Montaner on his pioneering travels, and an interpretation of the phenomenon of the interest in Romanesque art in the Catalonia of the Renaixença and Modernisme* is included.

The exhibition is made up of a hundred pieces, coming mainly from the Historical Archive of the COAC (Architects' Association of Catalonia), but also from other institutions such as the MNAC's Library of Art History and Department of Drawings and Prints, the Library of Catalonia, the UPC School of Architecture Library, the National Archive of Catalonia, the Vilanova i la Geltrú Railway Museum and the Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia.

Organised by the MNAC's Romanesque Art Department, the exhibition is being held to coincide with the publication, by the COAC, of the book Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Viatges per l'arquitectura romànica catalana (Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Travels Around Catalan Romanesque Architecture), written by Antoni Ramon and Enric Granell.

The Journey to Spain of Alexandre de Laborde
Date: 29th of May 2006 - 29th of October 2006
Curators: Jordi Casanovas, in charge of the register of the Department of Documentation and Register of Works of Art of the MNAC, and Francesc Quílez, head curator of the Cabinet of Prints and Drawings of the MNAC
Organised by: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

The Cabinet of Drawings and Prints of the MNAC is commemorating the bicentenary of the publication of the first volume of the work by the multi-faceted Alexandre de Laborde (1773-1842), Voyage Pittoresque et historique de l'Espagne (Picturesque and Historical Journey to Spain, 1806-1820), with the holding of an exhibition that brings together 86 works, including preparatory sketches, various publications of Laborde's work and a small Andalusian chest from the Museu de la Catedral de Tortosa. While the majority of the drawings on show, a collection of 38, belong to the Cabinet's rich Laborde Collection, purchased in 1958, the idea behind the exhibition also includes a selection of works from both public and private collections. Among the former, we cannot forget to mention the more than 200 drawings conserved in the Bibliothèque de l'Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art in Paris, from which 22 works are on show for the first time in Catalonia. Although it is a more modest contribution, we should also mention the four compositions that belong to the Barcelona City Archive's collection. Furthermore, it is important to mention the presence of a group of nine drawings that have been loaned for this exhibition by various private collectors.

As a complementary aspect, visitors can admire a selection of various works of literature by Alexandre de Laborde. It is a display of 12 books that enable us to appreciate the phenomenon of acceptance and the subsequent success of Voyage Pittoresque et historique de l'Espagne, one of the most important landmarks in the process of consolidation of the literary genre of travel books.
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