In the halls of a medieval monastery in the picturesque town of Besalú, in Girona, the Circusland – International Circus Palace, the first professional museum in Europe dedicated to the circus, was housed.
The space has more than six thousand pieces which include posters, photographs, stamps, prints, postcards, autographs, books, porcelain pieces and sculptures.
Can still be observed the biggest miniature circus on the planet, the largest collection of circus stamps (over 900 stamps from 115 countries designed by artists such as Picasso, Chéret and Toulouse-Lautrec) and several haute couture pieces by famous clowns created between the 1950s and the 1980s.
However, in addition to all these elements related to circus art, there is another aspect that seduces visitors: the space that houses the museum. It is a Benedictine monastery which was a textile factory before this new circus life.
Genís Matabosch, ideologue and founder of Circusland, explains to the country that the museum’s objective is “to claim the role of the circus as an integral part of our culture and make it stop being the poor sister of the performing arts”.
At the Palácio Internacional do Circo, visitors can see more than 300 old engravings and posters, research a library with around four thousand literary works and explore a photographic archive of mythical places related to the circus.