The works in the Carmen and Lluís Bassat Collection are one of the most representative resources of the state of Catalan art in the second half of the 20th century. Started in 1973 with the purchase of Banyista (Bather) by a then inexperienced Serra de Rivera, the collection has not stopped growing. The passion of the Bassats for art has sometimes gone beyond collecting, as when they became shareholders in the historic Adrià Gallery in Barcelona. Here artists such as Guinovart, Ràfols-Casamada and Sergi Aguilar, among others, exhibited regularly.
Nearly a thousand works from the collection have been selected and since November 2010 are being exhibited at the Nau Gaudí (Gaudí Shed), Mataró, ordered chronologically to publicise the work of several artists who are little or not at all represented in our museums. The aim is to contribute to explaining the sequence of events and circumstances that have moulded the art of our time and to divulge the knowledge that this collection of our art heritage holds about artists, tendencies, a particular area and various periods.