Barcelona Cultura

Extraordinary! Collections of Decorative and Author-Centred Art (3rd-20th Century)


This exhibition offers a chronological overview of the various collections of ceramics, textiles, furniture, glassware, miniatures, clocks, wallpaper and other objects from the 3rd to the 20th Century curated by the museum. This approach highlights the value of the collection while at the same time establishing relationships between them.

Throughout the exhibition, some thirty individual pieces form part of an open and concise overview of the history of the decorative arts in Catalonia, forming an on-going dialogue with the collections. In addition, some of the collections and pieces on show have not been available to the public for many years.

Upon arriving at the first third of the 20th Century, the exhibition delves into so- called ‘author-centred art’ which includes glasswork, ceramics, enamel and jewellery, mostly produced by Catalan artists.

This exhibition, which brings together donations and acquisitions from citizens, collectors and artists, pays homage to the art of collecting which has contributed to Barcelona’s great artistic heritage.



Pilar Vélez, directora del Museu del Disseny. Amb la col·laboració dels Departaments de Col·leccions i Exposicions.

Number of pieces



950 m2

Exhibition fields

  • Individual pieces

    The way museums curate art objects can be divided into two categories.

  • Collections

    The different collections are grouped by type but are exhibited chronologically.

  • Author-Centred Art

    In the 20th Century, objets d’art took a new direction: focussing on the individual name of the artist or craftsman.

Related activities


Ajuntament de Barcelona