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27th Sep - 1st Oct / 2017


This four night, five-day study trip is being organised by Fernando Romero Simó, Dip. RSA, Art Consultant and long-standing FHS member and Dr Melanie Doderer-Winkler with the invaluable support of the Asociación para el Estudio del Mueble (the “Spanish FHS”, founded 2004) and its president Dr Mónica Piera Miquel and Àngels Creus Tuèbols, its Vice President. In addition, owners, directors and curators of all the places we shall visit are most generous with their time and knowledge, as well as allowing special access and close examination of the collections wherever possible.

Visits will include:

- Fundación Privada Ramón Pla Armengol (, the most comprehensive privately owned furniture collection in Spain.

- Museu de Disseny de Barcelona  (, the collections of the former Museu de les Arts Decoratives, the Museu Tèxtil i d'Indumentària and the Gabinet de les Arts Gràfiques.

- Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC; ), the city's largest art museum containing a rich collection spanning from the Middle Ages to 1950’s art.

- Museo del Modernismo, a private museum of the Spanish Art Nouveau (in Catalan, Modernisme) opened in 2010 by the art dealer Fernando Pinós and his wife María Guirao ( ).

- Casa Museu Amatller ( built in 1898 Josep Puig i Cadafalch (1867 – 1956), with preserved interiors reflecting the taste of Barcelona’s thriving bourgeoisie. It only reopened recently after years of restoration.

 - Palau Güell (, one of the earliest masterpieces of Antoni Gaudí, built 1886-90 and reopened in 2011 after seven years of reconstruction works. Gaudí also designed the interiors and decorated the house with impressive carpentry, ceramic, stained glass, stone and wrought-iron works.


Visits Outside Barcelona:

 - Catedral de Girona ( and its remarkable Treasury.

- Fundació Rafael, Casa Masó, Girona (, an example of Noucentista architecture that emerged as a reaction against Art Nouveau from 1906 onwards in Catalonia.

- A private visit to Castello de Peralada (

- Museu Romàntic Can Papiol (, a neo-classical urban palace in Vilanova i la Geltrú built 1790-1801. 

- Masia d’en Cabanyes (, late 18thC country house near Vilanova i la Geltrú. 

Participants are expected to make their own accommodation and flight arrangements. 

Applications have closed and the trip is now fully subscribed.  Please contact the Events Secretary at if you would like to go on the waiting list.


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