Miró. Mystique and avant-garde

The exhibition about the artist, made up of 55 works and the audiovisual “Je rêve d’un grand atelier” (I dream of a great workshop), offers a reflection on the importance of asceticism and mysticism in the creative process of Joan Miró through a rich dialogue between his works (oils, gouache, watercolors and lithographs) and some Romanesque works that are part of the collection of the Museu Diocesà.

The artist goes towards his way to transcendence through his readings of sacred texts (he created sculptures with an open Bible) and ascetic and mystical literature, moreover the interest during the historical avant-gardes for the knowledge of another reality through esotericism. In addition to his readings, Miró was decisively influenced by the Romanesque and Gothic iconography of Catalonia.

Some of the works on display are also part of the series of etchings on the work Canticle of the Sun by Saint Francis of Assisi, created by Miró in 1975 under the title “Càntic del Sol”.


Curated by J. Óscar Carrascosa
c2c Proyectos Culturales Production

Llavors (Seeds)

The Holy Spirit, who calls all men to Christ by the seeds of the Lord. (Vat II AG 15).

The Pastoral Delegation of Faith and Culture of the Archdiocese of Barcelona and O_LUMEN propose an art tour that connects beauty, integral human development and education as acts of hope. A dialogue between Christian spirituality and contemporary culture based on everyday experiences: grief and joy, uncertainty and changes, the pandemic and community, losses and encounters, dignity and beauty, rebirth and hope. It is a temporary exhibition of seven works by the artist Vicente Molina, which can be visited in three spaces: at the Museu Diocesà, at Càritas in Plaça Nova and at the Faculty of Communication of Blanquerna

Vicente Molina (Madrid, 1956), artist and priest, positions himself in plastic and ideological asceticism. That is why he limits the use of means, and why he uses ephemeral supports such as rehabilitated waste cartons. These are fragile materials that are symbolic of human frailty, deterioration and mutations, expressed through light brushstrokes. He works in a schematic, effectual and restrained-gesture language that, emptying the human figure and the objects, leaves only what is essential.


Organized by: Pastoral Delegation of Faith and Culture of the Archdiocese of Barcelona and O_LUMEN

Ignatius Experience. The transformative power of a wound

On the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the conversion of Sant Ignatius in Manresa, the Ignatian Year was declared. Therefore, during the course of 2022 many events, conferences and meetings are being held everywhere around the figure of Saint Ignatius, his legacy and what the creation of the Society of Jesus and its evangelizing work has meant in the world.

As part of this year’s celebration, the Museu Diocesà de Barcelona and the Society of Jesus have organized this exhibition. It exhibits several works related to the life of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and the Society, as well as other pieces that enrich it and complete it.

The exhibition is an itinerary along the path made by Saint Ignatius, from when he was wounded in the defence of Pamplona, his convalescence in Loyola and his spiritual and human pilgrimage that took him through Europe, to Paris, where he founded the Society of Jesus. There is also a short tour of the history of the Society and the Jesuits during the last five centuries.

You will need to use your headphones and mobile phone during the visit. You can listen to the audio guide of the exhibition at www.ignatiusexperience.org


Organized by

Society of Jesus in Catalonia

Museu Diocesà de Barcelona


Museu de Montserrat

Catedral de Barcelona

Nativity Scenes Exhibition

On the inaugural day of the Fair of Santa Llúcia we opened the traditional exhibition of Nativity scenes in the museum, located in the refectory of the Casa de l’Almoina, presided over by the Romanesque paintings of Sant Salvador de Polinyà. As always, we have had the participation of the Associació de Pessebristes de Barcelona, with whom we have been collaborating for a long time to promote knowledge of artisanal work and protect the tradition and heritage of cribs. As a novelty, they offer a popular Nativity scene that is perfectly integrated with the Christmas theme of Polinyà’s paintings.


Organised by:
Associació de Pessebristes de Barcelona
Museu Diocesà de Barcelona

Barcelona on the street. To see and to be seen. The Corpus Christi procession

Coinciding with the festivity and immersed in the celebrations of the 700th anniversary of the first documented Corpus Christi procession in Barcelona, the Museu Diocesà inaugurates this exhibition curated by Amadeu Carbó and Nil Rider. Through a careful selection of some of the most important works from the Museum’s collection, the exhibition brings us closer to this festivity, its long history and the way in which, since medieval times, its processions –which will vary the route on several occasions over the course of 700 years– have called every member of Barcelona’s society to take to the streets to participate in them, always in an orderly manner and in the corresponding order of precedence: from the blind, hunchbacked and disabled, to the Consell de Cent, the count and the bishop, each one occupying their place.

The exhibition also includes elements of the intangible heritage such as l’Ou com balla (“the dancing egg”), the presence of festive estremeses such as the gegantons of Pi, a collection of lead figures to play in the procession and a polychrome table by an unknown author where the processional entourage of 1793 is represented.

In the space “The invited piece”, objects or documents that complement the contents of the exhibition will be exhibited throughout the year, about the Corpus Christi festivities in other places or singularities of this solemnity. The first invited pieces come from the Fons Amades de la Direcció General de Cultura Popular, and highlight the literature of “cane and cord”.