Showcase exhibitions

There are showcase exhibits on display in the annex next to the Montcada Venue's reception area. This is a small-format, free exhibition dedicated to pieces and subjects that are not covered by the museum's permanent and temporary exhibitions.

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21 May - 19 December 2021

Baule and Kafir Jewels. Dialogues with Picasso

Displayed to coincide with the exhibition Picasso and artist’s jewellery at the Museu Picasso, the exhibition “Baule and Kafir Jewels. Dialogues with Picasso” presents a selection of jewellery from the Baule culture in West Africa and a small number of Afgan jewellery pieces from the Kafir culture, from the collections held by the Museum of Ethnology and World Cultures.

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Photo: Andrea Manenti

11 December 2020 – 9 May 2021

María Lionza. A Goddess in Motion

The exhibition “María Lionza. A Goddess in Motion” invites us to delve into the visual universe of María Lionza and her religion. Maria Lionza is a deity originating from Venezuela.

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Foto: Jordi Puig

6 March - 29 November 2020

Eduardo Masferré. A pioneering anthropological photographer in the Philippines

The exhibition “Eduardo Masferré. A pioneering anthropological photographer in the Philippines” underlines the importance of the photographic anthropological work carried out by Masferré.

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Foto: Andrea Manenti

24 October 2019 – 23 February 2020

From sea to sea. Pilgrimage and post-modernity

“From sea to sea. Pilgrimage and post-modernity” narrates the travels of the anthropologist Elisabeth Pertegàs, who crossed the Iberian peninsula on foot from the Mediterranean sea to the Atlantic coast, along the Way of Saint James.

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Foto: Andrea Manenti

11 July - 13 October 2019

Cade oil kilns. An industry in Riba-roja d’Ebre

This exhibition deals with all those stories, with the ethnographic heritage of our past. Old documents and tools used by the people who transported the cade oil reveal the antiquity of its commercialisation.

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Foto: Andrea Manenti

21 March - 30 June 2019

Portraits of Ramon Subirats and Urbici Soler. The return of two globetrotters

The exhibition aims to reveal the artistic careers of the Catalan creators Ramon Subirats and Urbici Soler. It is also a simple, but well-deserved tribute that the city wished to pay to them. The city where they trained and the place that they always wished to return to before the end of their lives.

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25 October 2018 – 10 March 2019

The carpenters’ book of apprenticeship

What was the life of a master carpenter like in Barcelona at the end of the 18th century? This exhibition, on the Book of Apprenticeship from the Master Carpenters Guild, aims to answer that question.

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Foto: Andrea Manenti

27 July - 14 October 2018

Selfies! From self-portraits to micro stories

«BCN Selfies!» aims to show the evolution of human self portraits, from ancient times to photographic self portraits, and later on, selfies. It explores the history of the technology that made the concept of selfies possible and displays —among other items— an example of the first mobile phone to incorporate a front camera, dating from 2003, which made selfies possible.

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Foto: Estudi Jesús Galdón

1 March - 16 August 2018

Catazònia. Catalan Capuchin Monks in the Amazon

The exhibition «Catazònia. Catalan Capuchin Monks in the Amazon» explores the essential role played by Capuchin monks in the Amazon basin in the late 19th and early 20th century. Their activities provided great support for the indigenous populations of the area, their culture and their way of life, which they documented well.

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Foto: Andrea Manenti

29 September 2017 – 14 February 2018

Nuna. Land of the Inuit

The exhibition “Nuna. Land of the Inuit” is a journey through the Arctic regions of Canada and Greenland, using objects collected by the anthropologist, writer and polar traveller Francesc Bailón and the stunning photographs from his expeditions.

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Foto: Jordi Puig

23 March - 25 September 2017

At the mercy of the elements

The photographer Jordi Font Recasens has recorded the life of the last Montseny shepherds, Ramon Vila and Daniel Brunet, in photographs of great value that portray an activity that is about to disappear. This photographic exhibition is a portrayal of their everyday activities.

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Foto: MUEC

1 December 2016 – 19 March 2017

Dialogues with Africa

Run by researchers from the University of Barcelona's Department of Cultural Anthropology, Gemma Celigueta and Gabriel Izard, and as part of the activity Connecting Diasporas of Objects and People, “Dialogues with Africa” aims to develop a dialogue between the museum and Africans living in Catalonia. In order to do so, objects from the MUEC BCN African collections and the personal objects of participants were displayed together in the exhibition.

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Foto: Andrea Manenti

16 November 2015 – 1 December 2016

Naxi manuscripts. Dongba texts at the Museu de Cultures del Món

30,000 Naxi ritual manuscripts are conserved in museums and libraries around the world. This exhibition consists of Dongba written manuscripts that belong to the Museu Etnològic i de Cultures del Món's collection.

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Foto: Andrea Manenti

7 February - 16 November 2015

Wayang kulit. Javan Shadow Puppets at the Museu de Cultures del Món

“Wayang kulit. Javan Shadow Puppets at the Museu de Cultures del Món” is the first showcase exhibition in the foyer of the Museu Etnològic i de Cultures del Món's Montcada Venue. Consisting of eight pieces from the museum's collection, the exhibition concerns one of the great theatrical traditions in Indonesia, which has been documented since the 10th century.

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