Jordi Andreu Fresquet. In memoriam

Jordi Andreu Fresquet, painter and engraver known as Andreu Fresquet, died last Thursday, born in Badalona in 1940. Formed in Llotja between 1955 and 1962, he began exhibiting in 1959. In 1967 he traveled to Paris to continue -forming, and he lived there in May 1968, which would leave a deep mark on him. He gained international attention, especially in the United States, where he worked especially in the state of Florida, and his work can also be found in museums in South America and, within Europe, in Italy or the Museum of Art Contemporary from Barcelona.

Although he settled in Barcelona, ​​where he had a studio in the Gràcia neighborhood, he never left Badalona, ​​where he was born. In this sense, the individual exhibition that he held at the Museum of Badalona in 1987 stands out. On the occasion of this collaboration, the Museum acquired the self-portrait that we reproduce, a painting that recalls the style of Francis Bacon, who was his headline artist. Seven works by him are preserved in the Museum’s collections, and he is also the author of the cover of issue 9 of Carrer dels Arbres magazine (March 1980). In addition, at the moment, the family, to whom we offer our condolences, is considering donating part of his work to the Museum, as he would have wanted. Thank you for everything, Jordi Andreu Fresquet. Rest in peace.


Jordi Andreu Fresquet. Self-portrait. 1987. Acrylic on paper. 80 x 60 cm. Inv. MB 2395


The 1921 population register and the 1924 index, available online

From the Museum and Historical Archive of the City of Badalona (AHBDN) we join the celebration of the International Week of Archives by making available to the public new online resources that facilitate knowledge, consultation and conservation of the funds we keep .

From today you can check on this page the register of inhabitants of Badalona for the year 1921 and the index of the register for the year 1924

Register of 1921:

Index register of 1924:


New edition of the Summer Nights of the Museum in the factory of Anís del Mono

In Badalona, ​​summer smells like aniseed! Once again, an essential proposal from our city’s July agenda arrives: the Museum’s Summer Nights at the Anis del Mono factory.

An activity that invites you to discover this jewel of the heritage of Badalona, while going through the history and the countless anecdotes that have made Anís del Mono the most famous aniseed in our country. And as always, you can also enjoy a concert accompanied by an anise-based cocktail, in the fresh air of the factory patio.

Let yourself be lulled by the music and the sea breeze and come spend an unforgettable evening with us.

Ticket price: €15. Maximum 4 tickets per person.
The ticket includes the guided tour of the factory and the concert.

Tickets on the website of the Museum of Badalona ( from Tuesday 18th June, at 10 am.

For capacity reasons, entrance to the venue will be staggered depending on the group. You will not be able to enter the factory outside the allotted time.

Entrance group 1. Tour in Catalan: 20:30 h
Entrance group 2. Tour in Catalan: 20:45 h
Entrance group 3. Tour in Spanish: 9 p.m


Friday 5th July
Marian Barahona trio
From Billie to Ella

Tribute to two great figures of vocal jazz: Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) and Billie Holiday (1915-1959). Pioneers and creators of a style that has been maintained generation after generation. The memory of both is the spirit of this proposal and beats in every note of the repertoire. A selection of emblematic standards, fresh, refined, intimate and festive, which distills the essence of vocal jazz and which comes to us interpreted by a personal voice and with a forceful base that moves between swing, jazz and bossa nova.

Friday 12th July
Swing Engine Sweet Trio

This band of swing and classic jazz, formed on this occasion by violin, guitar and double bass, will fill the corners of the factory with a suggestive and drawn-out rhythm that will invite us to dance, to the beat of such well-known music as those of Stuff Smith, Louis Armstrong or Charlie Christian.

Friday 19th July
Canela N’Drama

Festival of songs, versions and own themes that fuse the sweetness and singing of Yolanda Bretó’s voice with the passionate and eclectic guitar of Alexis Bass. A proposal that will take you from the tranquility of a secluded cove, with the sound of an havanera, to the revelry of a summer party. Because every performance of this duo is always a unique and unrepeatable encounter that make them won not only fans, but many friends!





The Image Archive of the Badalona Museum available on the IMAGINA portal of the Diputació de Barcelona

After years of working on a portal to disseminate the funds and collections of images that are preserved in the archives that are part of the Municipal Archives Network of the Diputació de Barcelona, with the difficulties arising from grouping and fit on the same platform very diverse and different realities, with successes and with more than one project that has failed or turned out not to be operational, it seems that the right path has finally been found and you can now consult the photographic backgrounds of some files on this network.

The portal IMAGINA for the dissemination of funds and collections of images from the archives of the councils that are part of the Municipal Archives Network of the Diputació de Barcelona is being tested and corrected, and is not yet fully developed, but it is a platform to be taken into account to publicize the photographic funds kept by the Image Archive of the Badalona Museum.

The Badalona Museum Image Archive has entered Imagina 1,960 photographs, which correspond to the holdings of Carme Arisa, Núria Argerich Cabús, Joan Bacarisas Teixidó, Ricard Coll Serra, Joaquim Font i Cussó, Francesc Josa Queralt, Agustí Muñoz Tallada and Francisco Prat Vila, this as part of the photographic background of Josep Cortinas Suñol.

The platform allows you to search for photographs within each file by background, by keyword, by author, by date… And, once the search is done, the images can be downloaded.

So, in the celebration of International Archives Week, the Museum wants to contribute to publicizing this portal for disseminating the photographic collections it keeps and which is added to the image albums that are periodically published in the website of the Museum itself.

We invite you to discover this new resource in the following link:

Venus lights up the sky of Badalona

This year it will be 90 years since the discovery of the Venus de Badalona, one of the most emblematic Roman pieces preserved and exhibited in our Museum.

Last Friday, May 10th we were able to enjoy a first preview of this commemoration with the recreation in the sky of the profile of this sculpture, during the technology and lights show that preceded the fireworks. Those responsible for this spectacular effect were 200 drones that filled the sky of the city with unique shapes and with references to the symbols and icons of our city, among which this magnificent sculpture could not be missing.



Marina’s Chorus

We continue to take advantage of the occasion of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the death of Josep Anselm Clavé, to show you funds that we have preserved in the Museum related to the Clavé Choirs of Badalona.

Today the protagonist is the Cor de Marina.

The beginnings of this organization date back to 1876, when a group of fifty fishermen and fishmongers who met at the Can Punt café – on Carrer de Mar – decided to found it. Even so, the organization considers the year 1882 as the initial date and it is the one that appears on the banners.

In December 1886 they inaugurated its social place of La Rambla, where today they continue to develop their cultural and recreational activities. The building, the work of the architect Joan Baptista Pons Trabal (Barcelona 1855-1928), forms part of the protection catalog of the historical, artistic and landscape heritage of Badalona.

The building has a function room/theatre with capacity for 150 people. This space has been very productive in performances and has gone through very brilliant times. Over the years, the Cor de Marina has hosted other organizations, among which the Orfeó Badaloní stands out, which had its headquarters there between 1948 and 1972

If you want further information:

Montserrat Carreras. “El Cor de Marina i la seva activitat al 1897”. A: Cor de Marina. Festes de Nadal 1997.
Montserrat Carreras. “El Cor de Marina entre l’esbarjo i el mutualisme 1882 -1899”. A: Cor de Marina. Festes de Nadal 2006.
Montserrat Carreras i Jaume Arqué Ferrer. “Els espais escènics de Badalona”. A: Carrer dels Arbres, núm. 4. 4a. època.


Banner of the Cor de Marina [1914-1920]
Embroidered fabrics and trimmings. 97 x 75 cm
Inv. MB 9694. Donation of the Cor de Marina (year 2007)

La Societat Coral La Badalonense

1858 is the year of the start of the La Badalonense Choral Society. It has its origin in the Coro de Badalona (made known in 1854), from which, in 1857, a sector was split off that founded the Societat Coral L’Alba.

In 1858 the choir joined the Societat Euterpe de Cors de Clavé, where it was recorded under the name Sociedad Coral y de Socorros Mutuos La Badalonense.

Like all choral societies, it had begun with the gatherings of fishermen and weavers, who used to end up singing popular songs of the time.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the choral movement had great vitality, with the existence of several choral organizations. All of them actively participated in the numerous events (tributes, inaugurations…) and festivities (Corpus, the Festa Major…) that were celebrated in the town throughout the year.

In October 1917, La Badalonense inaugurated its headquarters in the current Carrer de Francesc Layret, the same one it still maintains today.

We show you three banners of this society that we keep in the Museum.

Easter schedule of the Museum and Historical Archive 2024

If you want to take advantage of these days of holiday to discover the Roman city of Baetulo, we remind you that the Museum will be open throughout Holy Week with the exception of Friday, March 29th and Easter Monday.

As for the Historical Archive of the City of Badalona (AHBDN), it will remain closed on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th March.

For further information you can call 933 841 750



Segle I dC. Marbre de Carrara.

The Perpetual Union of the Choral Societies

For many years, the Museum has kept the standard (MB 19326) in its collections, the provenance of which is completely unknown, as there is no record of its entry. In 2008, the grandson of Francesc Flos Calcat, author of the design, donated the drawing of the banner project (MB 11817) and the life-size template for the text of the banner (MB 11857). This donation made the grouping of these three pieces possible.

All of this has its origin in the celebration of the union of the choral societies of Badalona, which was celebrated on March 9th, 1895 at the Zorrilla Theater to commemorate the union of three of the town’s choral societies: the Societat Coral de Socors Mutus Alba, Societat Coral la Badalonense and Societat Coral La Palma.

According to the description that can be read in the weekly El Eco de Badalona of March 2nd, 1895, in an intermission, Pere Viñas Renom gave the societies a magnificent banner or standard as a souvenir of the bond of union that was celebrated in that act

If you want to read more information about the event, you can take a look to El Eco de Badalona, of March 2nd, 1895 and March 16th, 1895




Commemoration of the 150th. Anniversary of the death of Josep Anselm Clavé i Camps (Barcelona 1824- Barcelona 1874)

This year 2024 marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Josep Anselm Clavé (1824-1874) Catalan politician, composer and writer, founder of the choral movement in Catalonia and promoter of the associative movement.

Choral societies had a large success in Catalonia and many were founded in the 19th and early 20th centuries, some of which are still active.

In Badalona there were also and still are numerous choral societies, some of which have ceded their banners, documents and other materials to the Museum.

Now, on the occasion of this anniversary, we want to share with you these funds and the history of the entities that generated them, and we will do so through news published on our website and on social networks during this year.

Finally, we will remember that in 1954, the choral societies of Badalona dedicated a monument to Clavé, consisting of a bust of the master, the work of Joan Barrera i Ferrer, placed on a plinth, located in Avinguda de Sant Ignatius of Loyola, where it can still be seen today.



Choral societies meeting. 1915. Authors: Germans Sayol. Archive Josep M. Cuyàs i Tolosa. MB