Art Museum, located in Mollet del Valles, opened in 1999 with more than 10.000 works donated by the artist Joan Abelló to the city.

Joan Abelló i Prat ( 1922 Mollet del Vallès- 2008 Barcelona) took his first steps in the world of painting at an early age. Of his training period, we should mention the teaching he received from Pere Pruna and Carles Pellicer, and the influence of Joaquim Mir who he became acquainted with during his stays in Mollet.   Just like many 20th century artists, Abelló stayed in London, Belgium, the Isle of Man, Paris… In the sixties he returned to Mollet – where he once again became interested in the Vallès and Mediterranean landscapes –, but he didn’t abandon long journeys throughout Europe, Africa, the Ivory Coast, Morocco or Brazil.   In parallel with his artistic side, Abelló developed a passion for collecting, which he began undoubtedly influenced by the Pellicer house and Miracle’s studio, where he learnt restoration, and also by his visits to Manolo Hugué’s studio. Little by little, Joan Abelló increased his collection, which, in the future, was to become the embryo of the museum.   In 1996, he donated his art collection to the Mollet del Vallès Town Council and the Joan Abelló Municipal Foundation was created, inaugurating the Museum in the month of March, 1999. 

The person in the picture is a self-portrait by the artist Joan Abelló.

What stands out is the richness and thickness of the paint layers. This is an example of the Explosivisme style, created by the painter himself.

The permanent collection is entitled Modern art in the Abelló collection, 19th-20th century, and tries to give a fairly wide chronological vision of the evolution of art from the end of the 19th century right up to Abelló’s own mature period. Our aim isto view the  for the  different trends that western art has gone through, logically viewed particularly from the perspective of Catalan art – which acts as a connecting thread – but also inserting examples from foreign schools.

A drawing used for one of the Anís del Mono advertising posters.

Nonell began his drawing period of the Gypsies series during his stay in Paris.
The artist felt attracted by the Gypsies, by the colour ranges of their clothing

 Biarritz Beach
 The art fund of the Foundation is composed by near 10000 works. Among of them it stands out the collections of catalan paitings and sculptures from XIXth and XXth centuries, the romanesque and baroque carvings, as well as the collections of asian and african art, clothing, bullfighting, furniture, porcelain and glass.

A vase created by Daum, in collaboration with the furniture designer Louis Majorelle, who during this period made beautiful structures of forged iron and bronze structures for lamps and vases.

A period replica of Sara Bernhardt’s bed in Paris, which Carles Pellicer had built to receive the artist in his home in Barcelona

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Fundació Municipal d'Art Joan Abelló
Mollet del Vallès ( Barcelona)

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