I N F O R M A T I U MUSEUS Estiu 2001 - Núm. 51 Catalonia is a land of museums. First, because of a long tradition that, beginning with the revival of the romantic age, valued the historic heritage as a tool of cultural and political identity.
Then also because of a striving for the modernity proper to a land such as ours, where industrialisation had an vital impact on the economic life - and in consequence on the mentality - of the 19th and 20th centuries. And finally, it is a land of museums because, in contrast to what happens in other places, these have arisen from the country itself and from its society: from the people. A series of historic circums- tances meant that at the time when museums were being founded all around Europe, Catalonia lacked the royalty and aristocratic classes who could have created the collections that form the basis of the great state museums.
Here, the mu- seums arose from popular initiative, from a need in Catalan society itself. These three characteristics, therefore, de- fine our museums. We have a significant number of mu- seums created largely with the object of defining our country's identity, arising from a series of individual or association initiatives on a popular basis, which now are spurred on by an urge for modernity, in terms of museums, science and techni- que.
Our land is on the banks of the Medi- terranean, in a place of passage es- sential to communication between ... more.
north and south, forming a bridge between the millenarian cultu- res which have developed in this cradle of western civili- sation. Our museums show, then, a rich and open culture, while at the same time displaying the many influences that have come from outside th- rough the ages. This has given the Cata- lans an eclectic cultural baggage and, therefore, a welcoming spirit.
It is with this spirit that we wish to receive the members of ICOM, who will be our guests for the 21st Inter- national Assembly, to be held in Barcelona. This infor- mation is to welcome you and we hope that you will enjoy the tourist and cultural opportunities in Catalonia, and that the ICOM International Assembly may be be- neficial to all the museums in the world. Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura Cultura Museus C Museus Col·leccions " Figueres " L 9Escala " Torroella de Montgrí " Ullastret " La Bisbal d 9Empordà " Palamós " Palafrugell " Sant Feliu de Guíxols " Tossa de Mar " Calella " Arenys de Mar " Mataró " Vilassar de Mar " Alella " Premià de Mar " El Masnou " Santa Coloma de Gramenet " Badalona " Barcelona " L 9Hospitalet de Llobregat " El Prat de Llobregat " Gavà " Sitges " Vilanova i la Geltrú " El Vendrell " Altafulla " Tarragona " Cambrils " Amposta " Lleida " Balaguer " Isona i Conca Dellà " Vielha e Migaran " Esterri d 9Àneu " La Seu d 9Urgell " Llívia " Berga " Ripoll " Olot " Fontcoberta " Banyoles " Girona " Arbúcies " Cardedeu " Granollers " Argentona " Caldes de Montbui " Sabadell " Terrassa " Castellbisbal " Martorell " Esparreguera " Olèrdola " Capellades " Igualada " Vila-rodona " Valls " Reus " Constantí " Vimbodí " Montblanc " L 9Espluga de Francolí " Tàrrega " Cervera " Solsona " Manresa " Monistrol de Montserrat " Vic " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " CATALONIA WEL- COMES THE MEM- BERS OF THE 21st INTERNATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF ICOM 2001.
BAR- CELONA CATALONIA OPENING MUSEUMS AND COLLECTIONS 51 1 Museums Collections NOTÍCIES 51 2 Last April the Museu Etnogràfic del Montseny held a conference on Sindicalisme i Món Rural a Catalunya, in which specialists in this subject who dealt with the theme from several points of view. The presentation was a great success and enjoyed a large public attendance. Jornada: Sindicalisme i món rural a Catalunya.
1900-1975 Donations to the collections of the Museu del Montsià Among the gifts received by the Museu del Montsià in recent months, two are very significant. The nature collections have re- ceived two gifts which comprise a total of nearly 5,000 items of fishes, corresponding to all the material from the daily displays th- roughout 1984 in three localities of the delta, the Canal Vell , the Tancada and the river Ebro, forming the most important ichthyo- logical collection of the Ebro. The ethnological collection has re- ceived more than 90 objects from the workshop of J.
Domènec, a traditional blacksmith in Amposta, such as tools and varied equip- ment, templates and drawings and other materials used for the design and production of tools for the cultivation of rice and other activities. CATALUNYA AMPOSTA ARBÚCIES International Museum Day The 18 May was International Mu- seum Day. The day was a great suc- cess this year with, in addition to the traditional Open Doors, the ini- tiative of the programme Discover a jewel in the museum .
Using the ICOM theme for this year, Els mu- seus: construint comunitats Mu- seums: building communities , a vi- deoconference was held with the writer and journalist, Ignasi Riera, at the Museu Marítim de Barcelona, which was relayed by al-pi telecommunications to the Museu d'Art de Girona, the Insti- tut d 9Estudis Ilerdencs and the Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona. During the week, museums and local institutions of- fered lectures with speakers of recognised prestige in the cultural world. VISITES " Museu Arxiu Tomàs Balvey.
Cardedeu. Local itineraries in and around the district. Tel.
938 71 14 77. " Museu de la Noguera. Bala- guer.
Guided tours round the town. Tel. 973 44 51 94 " MACBA .
Barcelona. Guided tours to the temporary exhibitions. " Museu d 9Arqueologia de Cata- lunya.
Empúries: Roman visit. Olèrdola: Medieval visits. Ullas- tret: Iberian Sundays.
Tel. 934 24 65 77, and guided tours of the ex- hibitions. " Museu d 9Història de la Ciutat.
Barcelona. Guided tours to Roman and Gothic Barcelona, to the an- cient buildings of the city, Pedral- bes monastery and the Casa Museu Verdaguer " Museu Nacional d 9Art de Cata- lunya. Barcelona.
Guided tours of the collections of Romanesque and Gothic Art, the Cambó Collection and 19C and 20C Art. " Museu de la Música. Barcelo- na.
Guided tours for schoolchil- dren, self-guided visits and visits with sound support. " Thermalia. Museu de Caldes de Montbui.
Visits to historic Caldes and the hot spa water circuit. " Museu Molí Paperer de Cape- llades. Guided tours: The craft paper-making process and the Ro- maní Shelter archaeological site.
NOTÍCIES 51 3 Wednesday, 16 May saw the reopening of the permanent exhibi- tion Classification of the animal world. This hall has been closed for a year while the building was being restored. During this time a number of improvements have been carried out in the room and the exhibition, which have substantially improved the fittings, and have restored original elements dating from the Universal Exhibi- tion of 1888.
The permanent exhibition has a new section which introduces the concept of the classification of living things, and more specifically of animals. The introductory cases show the branches or groups of the animal kingdom and explain the cha- racteristics of 17 of them. Throughout the exhibition there is ac- curate and coherent graphic information.
All the tickets are in Ca- talan and Spanish and some are in English. Reopening of the permanent hall in the Museu de Zoologia BARCELONA Regular publica- tions by the Museu d 9Història de Catalunya On 22 May last the Museu d'Història de Catalunya presented the Quaderns del Museu d'Història de Catalunya, with the objective of information and dissemination of the experiences and activities of the history museums of the world in a very special way, and The Catalan History Museum Papers, a joint initiative between L'Avenç and the Museu d'Història de Ca- talunya, with the object of a con- sideration of the content and conceptualisation of the various history museums in Catalonia. New educational service of visits to the Fundació Gala - Salvador Dalí The Fundació Gala - Salvador Dalí has set up a new service of educational visits for boys and girls from 3 to 18 years.
The con- tent of these visits is arranged to suit the different educational le- vels through an imaginative, enjoyable, rigorous and coherent dis- course, designed to stimulate the interest of the children and achieve the principal objective, that of teaching. Conceived and carried out by Educ 9Art, under the direction of the Dalí Study Cen- tre and the Diffusion Area, it takes place at the Teatre Museu Dalí in Figueres and at Gala Dalí Castle at Púbol. FIGUERES " Ecomuseu de les Valls d 9Àneu.
Visits to the Gassia house and by arrangement to the ridge of Alós, the Sant Pere del Burgal monas- tery, churches of Son, Santa Maria d'Àneu, Isil, Sorpe, Unarre and Jou. " Museu de l 9Empordà. Figueres.
Visit: Know the collections " Teatre Museu Dalí. Figueres. Guided tours to the rooms decora- ted by Salvador Dalí for Gala, at the Castell Gala Dalí House Mu- seum at Púbol.
Information: " Museu de Granollers. Outings to different points of Catalan geo- graphy. " Museu del Cinema.
Girona. Guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays. " Museu d 9Història de la Ciutat.
Girona. Dramatised visits. July and August.
" Museu de l 9Hospitalet: Urban Routes. Guided tours to points of historic interest in the city, directed to schoolchildren and the public in general. Tel.
933 38 36 89 " Museu Comarcal de l 9Anoia. ). Igualada: during the school year, guided tours and workshops con- cerned with leather and water.
Dramatised visits to the ancient tannery Cal Granotes. VISITES The Museu d 9Història de l 9Hospitalet has opened a new permanent exhibition entitled Hospitalet and its history which explains the shift from an agricultural society to an industrial one, the demographic and urban growth and the historical, political, cultural and social facts that have been most significant in recent years. The town today and the projects for the future are explained using texts, ob- jects and documents, sce- nography, interactive ap- paratus and photographs.
" Museu d 9Art Jaume Morera. Llei- da. Visit the workshop: in the per- manent exhibition of the Leandre Cristòfol Hall: Introduction to the symbolic universe of work.
Children and primary education. All the year. Teaching modules: The colours of pictures.
Chromatic and pictorial as- pects and Artistic diversity and the child as viewer. Middle primary school year. " Museu Comarcal de Manresa.
Itineraries: Medieval Manresa: city of craftsmen and churches, The splendour of the Baroque in Manre- sa, and The explosion of Moder- nism in Manresa " Museu de Mataró. Guided tours to the museum on Saturday after- noons, and to the Roman villa at Torre Llauder, for groups. " L 9Enrajolada.
Casa Museu santacana. . Programme of gui- ded tours to points of interest in the city and other museums.
Tel. 937 75 07 95 " Museu Comarcal de la Conca de Barberà. Montblanc.
Guided tours to all sections of the museum. " Museu d 9Art de Sabadell: the first Sunday of the month, a gui- ded tour to the Casa Turull and the temporary exhibitioins. L 9HOSPITALET DE LLOBREGAT New permanent exhibition of the Museu d 9Història de l 9Hospitalet NOTÍCIES 51 4 VISITES The principal floor of the Casa Museu de Can Trincheria has re- cently been opened to the public for permanent display.
This is a building from the 18C, although its current form is the product of various extensions and later renovations. The house, of great his- torical artistic value, illustrates the way of life of a wealthy family. One of the characteristic features of the house is the original de- coration of the walls, preserved in several of the rooms, with im- portant contributions such as that of Joan Carles Panyó (1755- 1840), the first director of the Olot School of Drawing and a specialist in mural decoration.
Among the furniture are an exce- llent Catalan walnut secretaire with boxwood marquetry, a pair of chests of drawers with remarkable animal paws as feet and, par- ticularly, two bedrooms, the General's bedroom and the Bishop's bedroom, where there are two Olot-style beds, with polychromed and gilded ornamental work characteristic of the Olot workshops. OLOT Opening to the public of the Casa Museu de Can Trincheria TERRASSA Opening of the photovoltaic wall at the entrance to the Museu de la Ciència i de la Tècnica de Catalu- nya On 23 May last in Terrassa the opening took place of the urban photovoltaic wall of co- lours, the largest in Europe. This symbolic construction for the museum and the city has received support from the General Directorate XVII of the European Union, under the Ther- mie programme and from the Caixa de Terrassa.
With this construction the mu- seum unites the technological past with the sustainable future. NOTÍCIES 51 5 VILANOVA I LA GELTRÚ Agreement for the rehabilitation of the Museu del Ferrocarril with the Town Hall Within the context of the actions being carried out to complete and improve the general layout of the museum, the scenography of the Argentera Railway Tunnel has been installed at the entran- ce, with the corresponding information panels. In moving the lo- comotive Teresita and setting up the sectioned cabin of the Talgo III, the works of previous months were completed.