Temporary exhibitions

Experimental temporary exhibition space

Experimental temporary exhibition space

The Museum of Ethnology aims to be a place of useful knowledge for the people. In order to reflect on a diverse, ever-changing society like that of Catalonia, we must keep a close eye on the changes that occur and provide answers that help interpret reality with the depth expected of anthropology.

For this reason, the Museum has set aside a full floor for temporary exhibitions. This is a space for experimenting with scientific and exposition methods but, above all, for collaborating with researchers and the popular associations that share the need to disseminate topics of interest to the people.

The experimental temporary exhibition space preserves the building’s original structure of display cases and allows separate exhibit spaces to co-exist featuring a sequence of projects with different needs and lengths. This is the place for the most contemporary currents, where science and art can interact and experimental proposals can be developed.


The sacred, the profane and the festive

Josefina Roma has curated this exhibition that explores the origins and prevalence of religious expression in Catalonia, where religious traditions converse with contemporary identity and festive manifestations. Several different tools guide us through the various festive traditions and highlight aspects of these that allow us to think about the role religion and rituals have played and continue to play in our society.

On one hand, they show tradition as a diverse, ever-changing reality, a process of cultural accumulation in which pre-Roman and pre-Christian elements co-exist with contributions from newer immigrants and minorities. On the other, we see religion as an element that has defined human geography, establishing emblematic spaces and significant landscapes. The circle of life is reflected in two areas: the moments that mark the stages of human life, with rites of passage representing entry into society and the changes in participants’ roles; and the calendar, the quintessential framework for representing the yearly cycle and related festivities.  

The exhibition features an important part of the heritage objects housed in the Museum but also uses other mediums to convey the living dimension of culture and its popularity, always adapted to the new times.

This exhibition is over

Land of potters

Land of pottersThis exhibition deals with the culture of water and some of the associated trades: potters and rhabdomancers. The show combines contemporary pieces with others illustrating the diversity present in the western Mediterranean.

The display features the work of three contemporary master potters from the Catalan Countries: Jordi Avante, of Miravet–Benissanet (Terres de l’Ebre, Catalonia); Emili Boix, of Agost (Alacantí, Valencian Community); and Pere Coll, de Pòrtol (Mallorca, Balearic Islands).

All three of them still use traditional modes of popular ceramics from their regions in addition to more contemporary designs. The show presents different types of traditional ceramic pieces and new creations inspired by tradition.

The ceramics exhibition is complemented with a selection of pieces that are traditional in ceramics centres in the Mediterranean, the Maghreb and on the Iberian Peninsula. 

This exhibition is over