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Rough Guide to Barcelona, 12th edition

ONE OF SPAIN’S greatest museums, says the 12th edition of the Rough Guide to Barcelona, is the city’s Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (www.mnac.cat), “showcasing a thousand years of Catalan art in stupendous surroundings.” Catalunya (Catalonia) is a province of Spain, but tends to think of itself as separate from the rest of the country—some of its citizens would like it to separate—hence the “national” in the museum’s name.

The museum is in the grand Palau Nacional on Montjuïc, which rises southwest of the city centre. The palace was built for Barcelona’s 1929 International Exhibition. “In such a wide-ranging museum,” says the guidebook, “it can be hard to know where to start. If your time is at all limited, be sure not to miss the medieval collection.” It’s split into Romanesque and Gothic sections, both periods “during which Catalan artists were pre-eminent in Spain.”

MNAC also has “an unsurpassed collection” of 19th- and 20th-century Catalan art. “Between 1850 and 1940,” notes the guidebook, “Catalan art enjoyed a modern golden age.” Among the names to look out for are Marià Fortuny i Marsal (“often regarded as the earliest modernista artist”), Ramon Martí i Alsina (“the main name in contemporary Catalan Realism”), and Ramon Casas i Carbó and Santiago Rusiñol i Prats, the “first contemporary superstars” of Catalan art.

Nearby on Montjuïc is the Fundació Joan Miró, celebrating the work of the famous painter (1893-1983), who was born in Barcelona. The museum has more than 200 paintings, largely donated by Miró himself, plus examples of his tapestries and sculptures. There’s also a garden, bookshop and café. www.fmirobcn.org

 

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