The collection of the Abelló Museum is growing with two new acquisitions from the National Art Collection


The Abelló Museum, with the aim of continuing to grow, is adding two works to its collection that it will be able to exhibit after the Commission of the National Art Collection of the Generalitat de Catalunya has acquired them. It is a work by the Mollet artist Mar Canet and another by Isabel Banal. These two works, together with the recent donations received by the Museum, will be presented in an exhibition at the Abelló Museum itself.

The National Art Collection is made up of nationally owned collections and works of art, often managed by institutions such as national museums and registered museums.

The Integral Plan for the Visual Arts promotes expansion with the acquisition of works by Catalan artists or those linked to the context of contemporary creation in Catalonia, in order to nurture public collections.

In this sense, from the Abelló Museum, the Commission was proposed to purchase these two works.

Data Shop, by the Varvara & Mar collective. Work of the year 2017

Varvara & Mar is a duo of artists formed by Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet, who inspire their work in the digital age. In their practice they face social change and the impact of the technological age.

The artist duo has exhibited their artwork at a number of international fairs and festivals. In fact, among others, Varvara & Mar has exhibited at the MAD in New York, FACT in Liverpool, Santa Monica in Barcelona, ​​Barbican and V&A Museum in London, Onassis Cultural Center in Athens, Arts Electronica Museum in Linz, at the ZKM in Karlsruhe or at the Abelló Museum itself.

Swallowers by Isabel Banal. Work of the year 2016

In this case, it is a series of 5 images with light boxes.

Isabel Banal (Castellfollit de la Roca) has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona and has been a professor at the Escola Massana since 1990. Barcelona Art and Design Center.

From usual utensils in the peasantry and the position of her body inside them, the artist evokes in Swallowers the anonymous and constant work of the peasant women invisible throughout history. As the saying goes, the land belongs to those who work it, but half of the population who also worked it has not been represented in the statistics shown by people working in the primary sector. The Museum requested to receive this work first for the rural past of Mollet, for the homage to these invisible women in history and for being the work of an artist.


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