Catalan Modernism Museum

Modernism, known out of Catalonia as Art Nouveau or Modern Style, was a cultural movement which acquired unique caracteristics within the Catalan framework. Modernism creation started at the end of the 19th century and extended through about the earliest years of the 20th century. Its main goal was transform the society, and on opening it to Europe through art, literature, music, theatre and decoration. It was characterised by being very eclectic style.

Catalan Modernism Museum

Stained glass at Catalan Modernism Museum

The Modernism Museum was opened in the 2010 on a Modernist building designed by Enric Sagnier between 1902 and 1904. It is unique in being dedicated exclusively to the brilliant movement in the city’s history known as Modernism. It makes an excellent complement to the well-trodden tourist itinerary of Modernist buildings, since it collects some of the best pieces of furniture and interior decoration from that period.

The museum its divided in two different floors. The first floor displays some objects  and house furnitures created by Antoni Gaudí, Busquests and Gaspar Homar: chairs, writing desks , iron frames, hangers, jewerly. The lower floor hosts paintings and sculptures from Santiago Rusiñol, Joaquim Mir, Josep i Joan Llimona, Pablo Gargallo, Ramón Cases or Miquel Blay, among others. Regarding the sculpture, most of these artists studied the female figure and expressed psychological traits through the study of the anatomy and the use of new materials.

This museum is unique on this genre. We highly recommend it to modernism art lovers but also to those who need  a good introduction to the movement.

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