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time Gargallo worked with this combination of lead and wood), set off all the alarm bells in 2010 when it had to be withdrawn from the rooms of the Museu Nacional due to its significant deterioration.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 2018.