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Víctor Balaguer Library Museum

Vilanova i la Geltrú

<p>V&iacute;ctor Balaguer Library Museum, founded in 1884</p>

Víctor Balaguer Library Museum, founded in 1884

The Víctor Balaguer Library Museum, founded in 1884 by politician and writer Víctor Balaguer, is one of the oldest and most unique museums in Catalonia. It retains a large part of its original aesthetics and collections, dating back to the19th century.

Its rooms house works of painters such as Ramon Martí Alsina, Santiago Rusiñol, Ramon Casas, Isidre Nonell, Joaquim Mir and Xavier Nogués, among others, providing an exceptional journey through Catalan art from Romanticism to Contemporary Art, including an important collection of Informalist art.

The painting section is complemented by the permanent exhibition of twenty Spanish and European Baroque oil paintings from the historical collection storage of the Prado Museum.

The ethnographic collections include exhibits from the Philippines, Egypt, China and Japan, as well as a display of pre-Columbian art. There is an outstanding Egyptian collection, the first in Catalonia, which includes among its pieces the mummy of a child.

SPACES

<p>Appearance of the Art Gallery at the end of the 19th century</p>
19th-century painting and sculpture collection
19th-century painting and sculpture collection
<p>V&iacute;ctor Balaguer i Cirera (1824-1901), founder of the institution</p>
The Founder
The Founder
<p>Photograph of the V&iacute;ctor Balaguer Library Museum shortly after it opened to the public</p>
A 19th-century museum
A 19th-century museum
<p>The permanent loan from the Prado dates back to the years when the V&iacute;ctor Balaguer Museum was first opened</p>
Baroque art. The permanent loan from the Prado Museum
Baroque art. The permanent loan from the Prado Museum
<p>The mummy Nesi, donated by Eduard Toda, presides over the Egyptian room</p>
Eduard Toda’s ancient Egyptian legacy
Eduard Toda’s ancient Egyptian legacy
<p>The Silvela Room houses the Oriental, Pre-Columbian and the Philippines collections, among others</p>
A journey through the cultures of the world
A journey through the cultures of the world
<p>Room where works from the modernista period are exhibited.</p>
The period of Modernisme
The period of Modernisme
<p>This section exhibits the paintings that decorated the walls of the Caf&egrave; del Foment.</p>
The artists from Vilanova I La Geltrú
The artists from Vilanova I La Geltrú
<p>In the section set aside for contemporary art, there are paintings and sculptures from around the 1960s</p>
The continuation of the Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona
The continuation of the Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona

OBJECTS

<p><em>Stormy Sea</em>, Ramon Mart&iacute; Alsina, between 1875 and 1884, oil on canvas, 137 &times; 239 cm</p>
Stormy Sea
Stormy Sea
<p><em>Rainy Afternoon</em>, also called&nbsp;<em>The Garden Porch</em>, Santiago Rusi&ntilde;ol, 1889, oil on canvas, 124 x 68.5 cm</p>
Rainy Afternoon
Rainy Afternoon
<p><em>Andromeda in Chains</em>, Peter Paul Rubens, 1634, oil on canvas, 193 &times; 104 cm</p>
Andromeda in Chains
Andromeda in Chains
<p><em>The Holy Family with Saint Anne and Saint John</em>, Domenikos Theotokopoulos, known as El Greco, 1595&ndash;1600, oil on canvas, 107 x 69 cm</p>
The Holy Family with Saint Ann...
The Holy Family with Saint Anne and Saint John
<p><em>Egyptian Mummy of the Child Nesi)</em>, New Empire, from the area of Thebes, 83 &times; 19 &times; 15.5 cm</p>
Nesi
Nesi
<p>Wooden stuccoed and polychrome figure of the god Osiris from Akhmim, Egypt, 40.5 x 8.5 &times; 5.5 cm</p>
Osiris
Osiris
<p>Quetzalc&oacute;atl, between 1300 and 1520, granite, from Mexico, 45 &times; 20 &times; 20 cm</p>
Quetzalcoatl, Pre-Columbian go...
Quetzalcoatl, Pre-Columbian god of the wind
<p>Brass and iron chain mail, from the Philippines, 80 &times; 80 cm</p>
Philippine chain mail
Philippine chain mail
<p>Samurai decorative armour from the 19th century. Donated by Eduard Toda i G&uuml;ell, 1884</p>
Samurai suit of armour
Samurai suit of armour
<p><em>Montmartre</em> , Ramon Casas, 1890-1891, oil on canvas, 64 x 45 cm</p>
Montmartre
Montmartre
<p><em>&nbsp;Portrait of a Little Girl)</em>, Joan Brull, undated, oil on canvas, 41.2 &times; 31.8 cm</p>
Little Girl
Little Girl
<p><em>&nbsp;Vilanova Carnival Processions</em> Joaquim Mir, 1925-1926, oil on canvas, 149 &times; 201 cm</p>
Vilanova Carnival Processions
Vilanova Carnival Processions
<p><em>The Porch</em>, Enric Crist&ograve;for Ricart, 1918, oil on canvas, 56 &times; 54 cm</p>
The Porch
The Porch
<p><em>Confined Universe</em>, Armand Cardona Torrandell, 1959, chipboard on wood, 121 &times; 169 cm</p>
Confined Universe
Confined Universe
<p><em>Nocturne of Cats</em>, Rafael Zabaleta, 1956, oil on canvas, 100 &times; 82 cm</p>
Nocturne of Cats
Nocturne of Cats

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http://www.victorbalaguer.cat
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