This afternoon, taking advantage of my trip to see the exposition about Katharine Hepburn at the Museum of Cinema of Girona, Spain, temporary shown from March 3rd to June 8th, I visited once more the permanent collection.
Hepburn’s exposition has a free access, but not the museum, despite there are many discounts to students (you must bring the international student card), and other membership cards like RACC, FNAC, and others.
If you never visited and you like cinema, it’s a recommended visit. I’ve been there 5 times with the visit of today, bringing different friends. I want briefly describe it to you:
- The visit starts with an audiovisual very interesting, which might be either in Catalan, Spanish, English or French (you request your preference when buying your ticket).
- You go to 3rd floor with an elevator, where there are many items which are considered cinema “prehistory”, from the articulated puppets used to project shadows (chinese shadows), until magic lanterns, going through the camera obscura, mirrors, the daguerrotype or the first Kodak camera. All this part of the expo is always centered on the capture or projection of the static image.
- In the 2nd floor is where it is introduced the moving image: the Kaleidoscope, the Cinematograhe of the Lumière brothers of December 28th 1895 that would be the official date of starting the cinema history, and all inventions derived from early instant photographies which evolve into the capture of motion in images.
There are some screenings of the considered first movies in the history (exit of the workers from the factory at Lyon – first screening in the history, the train arrival and the breakfast of a fanily and their young son), and also the first genious of the visual effects, Georges Méliès. I always missed our local genious Segundo de Chomón in the Museum. The sound, colour and formats are also shown here, and even the first TV broadcastings.
- La 1st floor is the space for the amateur film makers, when cinema takes popularity and reached the masses, with cine NIC (the cinema for kids which appeared in Spain in the 30’s), the Bolex cameras, the projectors and the super 8mm format.
The collection Tomàs Mallol shown at the Girona museum, counts with 1,500 items, 9 audiovisual projections and 21 interactive elements (the collection reaches 20,000 objects, being specially important the objects of pre-cinematography, which is considered one of the most complete in the world). Compared to my last visit 4 years ago, there were new objects exposed, and I want to outline the temporary exposition of cinema objects of the personal collection of Maite Mínguez, truw jewels of the 7th art, and a few 3D interactive animations about how different techniques worked at the end of XIXth century and early XXth century.
The official web of the museum is: http://www.museudelcinema.org/
I am expectant waiting for the launch in a few months (I believe will be many months until that date), of the collection of Josep Mª Queraltó in Barcelona, which in my humble opinion, is even more complete on the objects related to the ones appearing after the Cinematographe than the one from Mallol.