The fact that the Museum has one of the best European collections of sculpture makes it an exceptional place for dialogue between historians, artists, teachers and professors, researchers, and curators of sculpture collections. Therefore, one of its main priorities will be to promote and organise international Meetings and Conferences on sculpture, museums and the arts.
III International Meeting of Museums with Sculpture Collections
In 2010 the Museum undertook a line of action and held the 1st European Meeting of Museums with Sculpture Collections. In February 2013, the 2nd Meeting was held, this time devoted to the copy, inspired by the recent addition to the Museum's historical collection of a large number of high-quality art reproductions. In October 2016, the 3rd Meeting will bring together European specialists to present their collections and to discuss an issue that has yet to be defined.
Obviously, the character and appeal of the National Museum of Sculpture is encapsulated in its permanent exhibition. But a 'permanent exhibition' should not mean stagnation and immobility. The Museum aims to systematically address the idea of rotation and periodic reinstallations as well as adding new collections in order to give a fresh view of heritage, encourage new interpretations and attract new audiences.
An example of this is an attractive project that stands out for its popular interest:
A new presentation of the Neapolitan Nativity Scene
The Museum's hugely popular Neapolitan Nativity Scene is one of the jewels of its collection. It consists of 600 pieces that, due to their age (18th century), artistic quality and originality, are of great value. It is undoubtedly one of the best Spanish collections, together with that at the Royal Palace in Madrid.
Renewing the installation will allow:
Temporary exhibitions are a fast and cost-effective way of extending the reach of art and knowledge. They attract a new and varied public and afford museums greater visibility. The National Museum of Sculpture's temporary exhibitions are the result of its latest research. They are seen as an act of boldness and commitment, a search to find new ways to tell the history of art, offer new critical perspectives and discover forgotten or unknown values.
A unique high visibility project:
Via its GUEST PIECES initiative the National Museum of Sculpture will introduce a new exhibition model which aims to offer visitors a singular experience.
It involves temporarily displaying unique items from prestigious institutions (museums, private collections, etc.) to create a dialogue with the Museum's own pieces, either at its location at the Casa del Sol or at the College of San Gregorio.
Guest pieces will be exhibited alongside artworks from the collection in a prominent space and will be advertised in different parts of the museum, starting at the entrance and throughout the route visitors will take.
Frequency: 3 Guest Pieces will be organised throughout the year and exhibited for three months: February to April; June to August; October to December.
This programme will appeal to the public and visitors who already know the Museum, offering the attraction of seeing artwork they already know in a new light when contrasted with the guest piece.
It will enrich the visit of new visitors who do not know the Museum, and will be a singular highlight on their route through the rooms.
It will give rise to complementary activities for different audiences, such as school workshops, conferences for conservators, etc.
Its target audiences are therefore families, schools, professionals, university students, and the general public.
The items do not speak for themselves. The Museum therefore has a responsibility to address the uninitiated, and offer an ambitious, cross-cultural service, converting art into culture, linking all the arts, and encouraging dialogue between contemporary and traditional creation with the goal of attracting new visitors.
Other visual arts such as film and photography, together with science, music, philosophy and theatre are ways to enrich the understanding of the collection, to comply with the obligation to spread knowledge and reach parts of society that do not usually visit museums.
Museums are open to every public, without exception. This Museum is committed to promoting equal access to culture for everyone. This includes promoting, on the one hand, full physical and mental accessibility and, on the other, the participation of society in the life of the Museum.
To do this it collaborates with prisons, neighbourhood associations, and hospitals. It builds stable projects adapted to the needs of people affected by the most precarious and socially disadvantaged situations (immigrants, the sick, the physically and mentally disabled).
These actions are vital to the Museum's project and the values it represents: openness, dialogue, respect.
A museum can only create proper awareness about its collection if it has in-depth knowledge of it. The highly specialised research that museums carry out translates into methodical work of scientific dissemination through their publications. Since reopening in 2009, the Museum has published a dozen books. Of these, the Catalogue of its permanent collection, catalogues of temporary exhibitions, as well as recovering specific reference books relating to its collections should be mentioned.
This highlights our commitment to technological innovation and making culture accessible, catering to the public that visits the Museum digitally. This can be done thanks to the creation of new versions of the National Museum of Sculpture's App that will provide a suggestive way to be connected to the Museum.
The Museum continues to enhance its collections through the reception of artworks that are acquired and assigned by the State. Important patrons and individuals can participate in this project by acquiring a work of guaranteed quality, a Bien de Interés Cultural or BIC (Asset of Cultural Interest) or one included in the General Inventory and donating it to the Museum. The tax benefit from this allows a 25% reduction in income tax and a 35% reduction in corporation tax. Sponsors can also support the restoration of an artwork or group of items.