We believe that the best way to start this introduction is to explain the purposes
for which the FUNDACIÓ MASCORT, in Torroella de Montgrí,
founded by Ramon Mascort, was created:

Disseminating the knowledge of History

by promoting its study and emphasizing the value of objectivity. We believe that history is an element of utmost importance to understand the present and foresee its future consequences.

Supporting the knowledge and understanding of Art

in general and also of the decorative arts, as examples of man’s capacity for creation, the search for perfection and adaptation to each medium and circumstance.

Helping the defence of Nature

by spreading the necessary knowledge to preserve and respect the fragile environment and landscape values that shape who we are.

Another purpose of the Foundation is to provide grants, information and service to people who appreciate history, art and nature so they can develop activities compatible with their interests.
The board that manages this Foundation is very much aware of the convenience of focusing on young people, by means of activities on those previously mentioned interests. Within the Foundation’s possibilities, it helps those who feel the need to pursue their goals in the above mentioned fields.

The Foundation was created by Ramon Mascort, member of an ancient family in Empordà region, who interpreted traditional family feelings and hopes. He is the nephew of the painter José María Mascort and a connoisseur of his work. Ramon Mascort was born when King Alfonso XIII was Spain’s monarch and has lived many historical events in his life up to this day. As he comments: “The Spanish Civil War, which created unforgettable memories in my sad childhood, had terrible consequences for our country that I found it very difficult to overcome; however, I have succeeded in doing so”.

llibresHe spent many years in Barcelona working as a lawyer, and has also undertaken various other activities such as setting up a number of important enterprises and creating Lynx Edicions, a publishing company devoted to natural history, which has released a collection of 17 volumes of a series on ornithology, The Handbook of the Birds of the World, (which is)* considered a world reference on the subject. Lynx Edicionshas (also) currently published the third volume of another important series, this time dedicated to the study of mammals, The Handbook of the Mammals of the World. Both works are exclusively written in English. In addition, Lynx Edicions has also published many wildlife books and guides in different languages.

In another quite different area, young Ramon Mascort was internationally renowned by practicing Olympic shooting. This activity, full of immediate satisfaction, was abandoned when his professional responsibilities required his complete attention.

Galibern House, the Foundation’s headquarters, was built by a great-grandfather of Ramon Mascort Amigó, Ramon Galibern Casanovas (1817-1884), who was born and died in Torroella de Montgrí, and gives the house its name. In the mid 19th century, he went to ‘make the Americas’, as the popular saying went, and settled in southern Brazil, where, after many years of effort, home yearning, common sense not to let luck go away, and savings, he was not only honoured with the title of vice consul of Spain in Bagé (Rio Grande do Sul), but also happily married Manuela Francisca de Rezende de Mello (1836-1928), a young girl from Rio Grande, whose parents were from the Portuguese island of Madeira, an excellent wife and mother. When he achieved a solid position and felt strong enough to come back home in Torroella where he built a house and devoted fully to his family. Misfortune and disease affected their descendents. Only their youngest daughter, Clara (1861-1941), Ramon Mascort’s grandmother, survived and continued the family.

Galibern House is impregnated with Ramon Galibern’s personal taste and is influenced by the memories of the American country where he lived, and for which he always felt great admiration. The house has been carefully preserved by his successors, although its contents were lost in a terrible historic disaster we would like to forget, the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), and we will do our best so it never happens again.

The house has been carefully restored –its restoration process was completed by February 2007- in order to welcome visitors and organise the exhibitions that the Foundation displays. Its careful restoration will continue until it can accommodate all the elements that its objectives require.

Up to this day, the Mascort Foundation has published 15 works, which include research studies, its own exhibition catalogues and monographs. Both published works and exhibitions do not receive any type of government, administration or private support, and access to exhibits is free for all visitors:

Vides privades. Històries compartides. El fons fotogràfic de la família Mascort (1860-1960).

La Cartografía de la Colección Mascort. Escenas de la historia.

Peces escollides. La selecció del col·leccionista. 10è Aniversari.

Pintura española en la Colección Mascort. Visiones 1800 – 1950.

Una mirada emocionada. Fotografías de Ramón Mascort Amigó.

De la exquisitez a lo cotidiano. Diálogos entre las obras de la Colección Mascort y estudios técnicos de la Associació per a l’Estudi del Moble.

El arte de la pintura y el dibujo. Visiones 1400-1800.

La indestructible bellesa del Montgrí. Fotografies  de l’estartidenc Josep Pascual.

L’ermita de Santa Caterina del Montgrí.

Azulejos, paneles y socarrats de la Colección Mascort.

Valentí Fargnoli (1885-1944). De la fotografia artística a la Nova Objectivitat. Imatges de la Col·lecció Mascort.

La Batalla del Ter1694.

La ceràmica heràldica de la Col·lecció Mascort.

La loza catalana de la Colección Mascort.

La loza dorada de la Colección Mascort.

A redós del Montgrí (1850-1950). Un segle d’història, geografia i curiositats d’un poble.

Alguns mobles singulars (s. XV-XVIII).

José María Mascort, la força del paisatge.

Audàcia i delicadesa. El moble de Torroella de Montgrí i l’Empordà (1700-1800).

Torroella Vila Vella.

In addition, the Mascort Foundation has just contributed and sponsored the edition of the book: Noblesa Obliga. L’art de la casa a Barcelona (1730-1760), by Rosa Creixell, published in a joint edition by the University of Girona (Spain) and the University of Perpignan (France). It is a summary of her thesis on noble interior design and home furnishings in Barcelona between 1730 and 1760.
We are currently working on our next editions and exhibition.