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Title
El Museo Imaginado, Museo Virtual de la Pintura Española (MUSIMA)

Description
The website of MUSIMA (http://www.museoimaginado.com) which stands for Imagined Museum, Virtual Museum of Spanish painting, is an electronic publication updated monthly, and which aims to report on exhibitions, publish papers, provide news about Spanish art outside Spain. The project is privately funded but receives some support from the Spanish Ministry of Culture.

It is also a research tool for the study of Spanish and European history of art. The project is the outcome of an interest in the history of Spanish art collecting in Europe and the exodus of Spanish painting, from the seventeenth century onwards, owing to the sale and exportation of works of art from Spain or to pillaging in war.

The MUSIMA website includes information on World War II looted cultural property.  This includes a report by Miguel Martorell Linares, España y el Expolio de las Colecciones Artísticas Europeas durante la Segunda guerra mundial (Spain and the Spoliation of the European Art Collections during World War II) for the Spanish Commission of Investigation of Transactions of Gold from the Third Reich during World War II (Mugica Commission) and a section on Nazi Art Looting and Spanish Painting (1933-1945) containing an article by Paz Fernández, 1933-1945: Obra de arte, saqueo y botín de guerra (1933-1945: Art, Looting and War Trophies) and a list of paintings by Spanish artists looted during the Holocaust era.

The Spanish research team of El Museo Imaginado plan to download the virtual catalogue of Spanish painting 'in exile' on their website, published in CD format (the doctoral dissertation of one of the organisers, Federico García Serrano, El Museo Imaginado: museo virtual y base de datos de la pintura española fuera de España, Documentación Paz Fernández y García Serrano, Musima, Madrid 2000 (2 vols). The catalogue will include provenance information on each painting.

The four staff are keen to co-operate with other institutions with similar aims.

Contact Information
Federico García Serrano
Paz Fernández Fernández-Cuesta
El Museo Imaginado, Museo Virtual de la Pintura Española (MUSIMA)
Email: musima@museoimaginado.com

Source
El Museo Imaginado, Museo Virtual de la Pintura Española
(MUSIMA) - Texts
<http://www.museoimaginado.com/textos1.htm>, first accessed 2 December 2003.  Link updated 19 July 2007.

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