Al Fresco Escalators to Art–Photos

The Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya welcomed Las Chicas on Sunday. After a brisk walk in the sunshine past the famous Dancing Fountains of Montjuic (dried and not dancing because it is winter), Las Chicas arrive at the first escalator.

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Non-dancing fountain, columns and Museo on hilltop.

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Escalator to art. We walked enough stairs using the subway.

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Duo-selfie on escalator. See action video at end of this post.

Up to a bridge and over a car-free road, we walked past Roman columns to another set of outdoor escalators. Fun! Then we had to climb more stairs–the museum is built into the side of Montjuic (a mountain, after all).

Catalunya’s long history means many rooms of art, so Las Chicas focus on the modernist and modern. No Gothics or Romanesque for us today.”Modern” we learn from a helpful art guard, means “19th century.” “Modernism” means early 20th century–think Gaudi and Picasso and Dali. We understand that definitions and art movements are fluid and some artists cross boundaries. Don’t box them in!

Modernist art fills many rooms. These Catalans are deemed important enough to be included in this museum, but this is our first time learning about them. Photographs below are pale images of the vibrant colors we experience.

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Mary’s favorite painting: Un pueblo ampurdanes by Francesc Gimeno

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One of Lisa’s favorite paintings: Mar Latino by Nicolau Raurich

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Another of Lisa’s favorites by Nicolau Raurich

A few large murals, stained glass, and furniture add dimension to the rooms of paintings.

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Mary and Joan Miro’s mosaic wall for IBM’s Barcelona headquarters.

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Ceiling above the Joan Miro mosaic.

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Lisa and stained glass panel by Joaquim Mir: La Gorg Blau (blue pool).

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Antoni Gaudi’s double chair designed especially for Casa Batllo.

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Modernist door screen showing where modernists took their dry cleaning (Tintoreria).

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Josep Maria Jujol’s desk  for filing sheet music.

Las Chicas also explored the 19th century rooms and discovered a fun painting.IMG_1545

Ramon Casas and Pere Romeu en un tadem, by Ramon Casas.

The Museo says of the above painting:

This is one of the most emblematic and unique examples of Catalan modernism owing to the fact that it was hung at the Els Quatre Gats, a beer hall which served as a venue for gatherings of modernist Barcelona’s artists and intellectuals. It depicts Ramon Casas himself and Pere Romeu, a barman at the Els Quatre Gats.

Las Chicas finish  their museum visit by taking in the special exhibition of Barcelona street images by photographer Joan Colom. He photographed everyday people of the city from the 1950s to 2010. For more about his work, click here: I Work the Street.

Exiting the museum, we have a beautiful view of our beautiful city!

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View of columns, Barcelona, and Collserola Parc in the distance.

Las Chicas have fun with 20-second video on al fresco escalator, click on this link:

EscalatorsMuseo from Mary Reynolds on Vimeo.
© 2014 by Lisa Howells and Mary Reynolds. All rights reserved.

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