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Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (Catalonian National Museum of Art, MNAC)

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (Catalonian National Museum of Art, MNAC) Review

Housed in the imposingly domed, towered, frescoed, and columned Palau Nacional, built in 1929 as the centerpiece of the International Exposition, this superb museum was renovated in 1995 by Gae Aulenti, architect of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. In 2004 the museum's three collections—Romanesque, Gothic, and the Cambó Collection, an eclectic trove, including a Goya, donated by Francesc Cambó—were joined by the 19th- and 20th-century collection of Catalan impressionist and Moderniste painters. Also now on display is the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection of early masters, with works by Zurbarán, Rubens, Tintoretto, Velázquez, and others. With this influx of artistic treasure, the MNAC becomes Catalonia's grand central museum. Pride of place goes to the Romanesque exhibition, the world's finest collection of Romanesque frescoes, altarpieces, and wood carvings, most of them rescued from chapels in the Pyrenees during the 1920s to save them from deterioration, theft, and art dealers. Many, such as the famous Cristo de Taüll fresco (from the church of Sant Climent de Taüll in Taüll), have been reproduced and replaced in their original settings.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Palau Nacional, Montjuïc, Barcelona, Catalonia 08038 | Map It
  • Phone: 93/6220376
  • Cost: €12 (valid for day of purchase and one other day in same month); Sat. 3–6 and 1st Sun. of the month free
  • Hours: Jun.–Sept., Tues.–Sat. 10–8, Sun. 10–3; Oct.–May, Tues.–Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10–3
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  • Location: Montjuïc
Updated: 03-10-2014

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