The mission of the Culture Department of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia is to preserve, promote and disseminate all forms of art and culture. The Culture Department is responsible for Government policy on creative industries, cultural heritage, libraries, museums and archives. Catalan cultural institutions hold leading photographic collections, all integrated in the Culture Department:
- the Arxiu Nacional de Catalunya (ANC) is the leading archival institution in Catalonia, responsible for collecting, preserving and disseminating Catalonia’s documentary heritage. The Archive encourages projects connected with the communication of collective memory, which aim to build what we call an «Archive of the people».
- the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), the most important art museum in Catalonia, embraces all the arts (sculpture, painting, drawing, engraving, posters, photography and coinage). The collection of the photography department has key pieces of XIX and XX centuries, from the beginning of photography, Pictorialism, the avant-garde, photojournalism, and Neorealism to contemporary period.
- the Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya (MAC; Archaeological Museum of Catalonia), is a network of museums and archaeological sites. The museum holds an important photographic collection.