Yesterday, Tuesday August 25, saw the 80th birthday for Tossa museum. To mark the occasion, Councillor for Culture, Ferran Mascarrel, will chair the opening of an exhibition on September 1 at 7pm.
El Museu Municipal de Tossa, in Tossa de Mar, claims to be the oldest museum of contemporary art in Spain and 80 years certainly takes some beating.
The birthday exhibition features a collection of sculptures by the artist Alex Nogue, and is titled Blau encara (Still blue) and was designed for this occasion.
Residents of, and visitors to, Tossa de Mar will be able to visit and enjoy the exhibition until November 1 2015.
The museum was originally opened on September 1 1935 when a group of peers opened it with a collection of paintings, contemporary art and drawings as well as archaelogical treasures from the Ametllers Roman villa discovered by Dr. Ignasi Melé and his team in 1914.
Among the original exhibitors were painters Rafel Benet, Pere Créixams, Lola Bech and George Kars… sculptor Enric Casanovas and archaelogist Alberto del Castillo
In 1934, the Government took over the restoration of the Museum building, and in 1938 published the catalogue of the works that make up the museum’s collection.
The Civil War and World War I shattered the strength of the museum institution but after the Civil War, the museum became part of the Barcelona Provincial Council’s collection.
Barcelona passed it to the town of Tossa in January 1966 naming it as the official “Municipal Museum of Tossa.”