The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya tells a story of transformation that has made it an undisputed point of reference on Barcelona’s museum circuit. It is one of the great icons of Catalan culture and is a solid example of development in the management and running of cultural and heritage amenities.
The Museu d’Art de Catalunya opened its doors in 1934 and more than half a century later, merging with the Museum of Modern Art in 1995, the current Museum was created. Thus the center expanded its halls to house the world’s largest collection of Romanesque art in the world. This development reached a key milestone in 2004, with the incorporation of the modern art collection and the beginning of a change of model in the conception of museums as spaces where the public take centre stage. At that time, MagmaCultura began to provide its services to the the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya as a cultural management company.
The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is an example of constant evolution over its almost 90 years of existence. Over and above the successive extensions of spaces and collections, the institution was a pioneer in its commitment to a change of museum model, in which the public became an integral part in the design of its dissemination activities.
Among other things, this marked the beginning of its work in cultural mediation and visitor services. It was a privilege for MagmaCultura to support the center in its transformation. We arrived at the point when the project was first implemented, almost 20 years ago, and the lessons we learned were key to us subsequently being able to introduce this model in other museums.
We work towards accomplishing the following objectives:
MagmaCultura’s role at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya involves the following tasks:
Today the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is a leading and pioneering museum in the change of museum model. A space measuring 2,300 square metres and with 3,500 works on display, where almost seven million visitors have been at the centre of the museum’s day-to-day activities over the last ten years.