In a major shift, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), known mostly for its Medieval art, has completely transformed the ground floor of the Palau Nacional in Barcelona to display its Modern art collection. Among the highlights are works related to the Spanish Civil War, including many that were shown alongside Picasso’s Guernica at the Paris International Exposition in 1937.
Nearly 1,300 works from the mid-19th century to the 1950s are shown in a 4,000 sq. m space. About 900 of these works come straight from storage and have never been shown before, according to a report in El Mundo.
The collection includes not only paintings and sculptures but photography and graphic posters by Catalan and international artists. The museum now offers “a critical and complex story that avoids the mere succession of styles and names” the director, Pepe Serra, told EFE news agency.
The new display opens to the public on Saturday, 27 September, after six months of work and a €890,000 investment, according to a report in El Pais. The museum’s next big project is a rehang its Renaissance and Baroque collection in 2015.