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Let’s save the violinist

The Violinist by Pablo Gargallo was in poor condition. The acceleration of its internal corrosion, caused by the incompatibility between the two materials of which it is made (the only time Gargallo worked with this combination of lead and wood), set off all the alarm bells in 2010 when it had to be withdrawn from the rooms of the Museu Nacional due to its significant deterioration.

On April 2016, the Amics del Museu started the crowdfunding campaign Let’s save the violinist to raise the €46,000 needed to restore The Violinist by Pablo Gargallo.

The three-month campaign received an exceptional response: a total of 255 individual patrons have made donations ranging from €10 to €7,000. Over 80% of the patrons are members of the Fundació Amics dels Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. An indeterminate number of patrons also made anonymous donations to the collection box placed in the museum’s vestibule.

The campaign was also supported by the special contribution of the Higher School of Music of Catalonia (ESMUC), which in May 2016 gave violin concerts in the Cupola Room at the museum and generously donated all their proceeds to the campaign.

Once the restoration is finished under the supervision of the Museu Nacional’s Preventive Conservation and Restoration Department, this exceptional piece will be returned to its rightful place in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in 2020.

 

 

Supported by:

                                  

List of patrons

Luisa Abella Betlloch
Montserrat Albaijés Parera
Pere Albertí i Parés
Jordi Álvarez García
Amics dels Museus de Catalunya
Núria Arias i López
Modesto Arias Viloria
Sara Ariño Belzunce
Andra Zaida Ariño Blanes
Joan Arnal Millàn
Familia Arnella Borau
Isabel Ayala
Carles Ayerbe Jurado
Joan Balasch Vilalta
Eva Ballano Albert
Rosario Ballester Ortiz
Dídac Bassols Orquin
Tomàs Biarnés Font
Alfredo Bienzobas Gargallo
Pedro Bouvier Alonso
Francisco Bracero Jerez
Jaume Brunet Papiol
Joan Burgar Cazorla
Aurora C.S.
M. Candela Cabré Alentorn
Jordi Calvo Costa
Joaquim Camps i Cardona
Mireia Campuzano Lerín
Xavier Capdet Moya
Joaquim Capdevila Gaya
Ferran Capella i Lluch
José Luis Carrasco Rodríguez
Mariona Carulla
Josep Mª Carreté Nadal
Mireia Carroggio Domingo
Martí Casas i Payàs
Mª Lourdes Castells Centellas
Antonio Catalan de Pablo
Laura Cendrós Jorba
Roser Colomer Surós
Carme Comas Madrid
Mercè Compains Piquer
Bruna Cornudella Pujol
Josep Mª Corominas Casaramona
Pedro Antonio Cortés Miras
Mª Ángeles Cortés Otin
Maria Cuenca Jerez
Maria Núria de Diego Fernández
Sergi de los Rios i Cuesta
Fernando Díez Crespo
Dolors Junyent Galeria d'Art
Marc Domènech Tomàs
Carles Duarte Montserrat
Familia Durall Martí
Eduard i Magda
 

Joan Estany Ferradellas
Josep Esteve Soler
Mai Felip Hösselbarth
Rosa Florensa
Joaquim Foix Cenefels
Família Font
Joan i Àngels Fornós
Núria Fortuny i Solís
Liria Fuentes Serra
Antonio Gallardo Ballart
V. Garasa
Pilar Garcia
Amparo García Gallego
Ricard Gargallo Buson
Patricia Gascón López
Ramon Gausset Vinós
Arturo Godó Hernández
Mª Mercedes Gomis Bertrand
Marta Grassot Radresa
Mark Grossmann Camps
Joan J. Guinovart
Mateu Hernández
Xavier Hernández i Farled
Família Hernández Pijuan
Marisa Homedes
Miquel i Daniel Idoate
Indegamma Serveis, S.L.
Montserrat Isern Delclos
Santiago Izcara Meix
Daniel Latorre Sarlé
Mª Rosa Latorre Sarlé
Concepción Ley Mesa
Mª Rosa Llopart Raventós
Carmen López Alonso
Maria Lorente García
Óscar Luque Cerrato
Juan M.
Victor Magrans Julià
Jose Mª Marquès i París
Santiago Martí Llumà
Pilar Maset Tuégols
Montserrat Mayolas Mallol
Mª Carme Mercadé Gimeno
Gemma Mondón Moreno
Elisenda Monguillot Uriol
Rosa Moreno Pinillos
Stephen Morgan Rees
Alejandra Murillo Facundo
Silvia Navarro Barranco
Salvador Navarro Colàs
Álex Navarro Simon
 
Montserrat Orriols Arnabat
Jordi Ossó Díaz
Ana Palacio Pinto
M. Teresa Pañell Baulas
Lluís Pedemonte Puig
José Luis Peset Reig
Laura Pinyol Rius
Jaume Plensa
Sara Puig Alsina
Familia Puig Martí
Josep Maria Puigbó Vila
Adela Puigdengolas
Josep Pujadas Maspons
Aurea Queralt Alcaraz
Artur Ramon
Dolores Ramos Santamaria
Purificación Raso i Ros
Montserrat Rebull Rossell
Liberta Rico Nicolau
Jordi Riera Colomer
Magda Riusech Farrero
Mª Teresa Robles Ràfols
Miquel Roca i Junyent
Conxa Rodà de Llanzà
Lluïsa Roig
Enric Roma Sainz de la Maza
Josep Ruiz Caballé
Rosa Marina Ruiz Formento
Marta Ruiz Salvat
Maria Rusiñol Mochales
Anna M. Sagarra Trias
Teresa-Mª Sala
Eugènia Sales Gómez
Conxita San Miguel López
Manuel Sánchez Martínez
Mònica Sau Solés
Ramon Serra Massana
Mercè Siles Molina
Jesús Simon Marquez
Josep Sindreu Vidiella
Familia Sola-Morales Serra
Francesc Soler Claveras
Mercè Soler Delgar
Cristina Soler Kopp
Ysabel Marie Sosa Arredondo
Carme Tardiu Tarragó
Mª Àngels Torné Hostau
Xalbador Unzueta Mitxelena
Froilán Urrutia Soria
Carme Val Ortega
Familia Valls Fabra
Mª del Carme Vidal Gustems
Gabriel Vilaginés Camps
Oriol Viñas i Folch
Francesc Xancó Diaz
Cristina Zueco Font

 

We especially want to thank the Omedes family for their support and cooperation in memorialising Francesc Costa, the master violinist and friend of Pau Gargallo who inspired the sculpture.

And all those who participated, but wished to remain anonymous.

Thank you!