Museu del Modernisme Catala

The Museu del Modernisme Catala (Museum of Catalan Art Nouveau) is located at Calle Balmes, 48. The museum opened in March, 2011. The museum is installed in a building designed by the Modernist architect Enric Sagnier in 1904. The museum has two floors with a space of 1000 square meters. This museum has Modernist art at its best. On the ground floor there is the furniture section with furniture designed by Gaudi, Gaspar Homar and Joan Busquets. There is furniture that uses the art of marquetry, many using 40 different types of wood. The marquetry designs on the furniture looked like paintings, because so many types of wood were used, each with its own color. There are beautiful mirrors with spectacular designs. The furniture included cabinets, dining tables, and office furniture, all looking like art objects. The furniture designed by Gaudi was meant to be used at Casa Mila, Casa Battlo, and Casa Calvet.

Downstairs is the section of painting and sculpture with work by Ramon Casas, Santiago Rusiñol, Joaquim Mir, Josep Limona and Eusebi Arnau. Arnau was a sculptor who worked on the decoration of the wonderful Palau de la Musica and the Hospital de la Santa Creu I Sant Pau. There is stained glass panels created by Maumejean that are spectacular. Joaquim Mir created a trio of stained glass panels with flowers and wildlife that are simply beautiful. Antoni Rigalt I Blanch has two stained glass panels, one of the Virgin of Montserrat and another of Sant Jordi. This is the only museum dedicated solely to  Catalan Modernism. There are more than 350 works of art designed by 42 artists.

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This is one of the beautiful mirrors in the museum. It was made in 1905.

 

This mosaic showing two women and swans was produced in 1906.

 

This buffet made of oak was made in 1901.

 

This stained glass panel was the work of Maumejean.

 

These three paintings is part of the group The Four Stations, by Gaspar Camps, 1907.

 

This painting is of the Fargas Sisters, by Antoni Utrillo.