The Museu del Modernisme Català, a jewel of applied and decorative arts
This privately owned museum, located in the heart of the Eixample District, will complete your discovery of Barcelona´s symbolic art, the Catalan modernism. The collection displayed consists of over 300 decorative arts pieces, including paintings, sculptures, and marquetry furniture, all signed by artists who lived in Barcelona for a time, such as Antoni Gaudí, Santiago Rusiñol, as well as their lesser-known contemporaries.
Distributed in two floors, the Museum del Modernisme Català has a very intimate and personal setting. The ground floor can be referred to as the Modernista Furniture section, as it showcases a fine collection of furnishings with works of Joan Busquets and Gaspar Homar, both master cabinetmakers who excelled in marquetry techniques. Some of their work includes mahogany beech pieces featuring exquisite details, floral iconography in relief and other idealized scenery. Emblematic furniture pieces from creative genius Antoni Gaudí are also on display, such as chairs and benches, respectively from Casa Batlló and Casa Calvet. On the lower floor, it is a succession of paintings and sculptures that will seduce your artistic eye. Among some of the pieces that are featured, are Al Port de Barcelona by John Llaverias I Labró, The 4 Seasons by Gaspar Camps I Junyent or again Two Girls Smiling by Pere Borrel del Caso. As you explore that floor, on one end you will see a couple of large stained glass pieces; among them Vita, a vivid representation of a Tarragonian landscape by Joaquim Mir I Trinxet.
And if all these names don´t ring a bell to your ear but you are interested in Modernisme Català, I can´t but recommend you enough to visit this fine museum.
Museu del Modernism Català C/ Balmes, 48 08007 Barcelona Tel. +34 932 722 896 www.mmcat.cat