Ministry of Culture, Generalitat de Catalunya

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The mission of the Culture Department of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia is to preserve, promote and disseminate all forms of art and culture. The Culture Department is responsible for Government policy on creative industries, cultural heritage, libraries, museums and archives. Our aim is to improve the quality of life for all through cultural activities, to support the pursuit of excellence and creativity in the cultural sector. Creativity and innovation are the core of our strategy.

We work jointly with the Catalan cultural institutions. Those who hold the leading photographic collections, all integrated in the Culture Department, have been selected here to provide images to be supplied to the EuropanaPhotography project.

The Generalitat is partner of Linked Heritage project.

The Arxiu Nacional de Catalunya (ANC) is the leading archival institution in Catalonia, responsible for collecting, preserving and disseminating Catalonia's documentary heritage. The Archive encourages projects connected with the communication of collective memory, which aim to build what we call an «Archive of the people».

The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), the most important art museum in Catalonia, embraces all the arts (sculpture, painting, drawing, engraving, posters, photography and coinage). The collection of the photography department has key pieces of XIX and XX centuries, from the beginning of photography, Pictorialism, the avant-garde, photojournalism, and Neorealism to contemporary period.

The Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya (MAC; Archaeological Museum of Catalonia), is a network of museums and archaeological sites. The museum holds an important photographic collection.

Membership: ICOM, ICOMOS, IFLA

Light aircraft “Moth” advertising Nelia Chocolate. Author: JOSEP GASPAR i SERRA, 1928. © ANCArmed Civil Guard in the street preventing a public transport strike (Plaça Espanya, Barcelona). Author: BRANGULÍ, 1933. © ANCDiving competition organized by the Barcelona Swimming Club, in cooperation with Brussels Swimming and Water Polo Club. Author: Author: JOSEP GASPAR i SERRA, 1923. © ANCFrancesc Macià, President of the Generalitat de Catalunya, surrounded by the crowd. Author: JOSEP MARIA SAGARRA i PLANA, 1931. © Troops in the street during the strike of “La Canadenca” in Barcelona. Author: JOSEP MARIA SAGARRA i PLANA, 1919. © Heirs of Josep Maria Sagarra