Tourism concern as visitor numbers plummet in Catalunya’s museums

There are also concerns that Madrid could reduce central funding for Catalunya's cultural institutions

LAST UPDATED: 13 Nov, 2017 @ 13:56
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THE Catalan crisis has thrown up questions about some of Spain’s leading museums and art collections.

Barcelona’s Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, has seen visitor numbers dip, a spokeswoman confirms.

And Catalunya’s museum of medieval recorded only 66,000 visitors in October compared to 72,000 last year, a 12 % drop.

Salvador Dali left his work to the Spanish people when he died but founded a museum in his Catalan hometown of Figueres.

And with uncertainties over the region’s push for independence, there are fears state funding for Catalan institutions could be at risk.

“The current situation does not leave us indifferent and we expect the evolution of events like the rest of Catalonia,” says a spokeswoman for the Miro foundation.

This month, Madrid’s Prado Museum will host a major exhibition of paintings by 19th century Catalan artist Mariano Fortuny y Marsal.

The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in Barcelona is one of the main lenders for the exhibition, which takes place a month before regional elections in Catalunya.

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