Josep María Joan Rosa has been awarded the National Prize for the Promotion of Creativity in Toys, corresponding to the year 2022, as proposed by the jury. The prize is endowed with 30,000 euros.
The jury highlighted “the excellence of the award-winner’s entire career and his leading role as founder and director of the Toy Museum of Catalonia in Figueres”.
In addition, the jury pointed out that “for forty years and under his direction, this centre has achieved international relevance through a collection of twenty-five thousand pieces, a decisive documentation centre for the history and the toy sector, and its status as a meeting point for contemporary cultural creators”.
Joan Rosa, born in Figueres in 1940, is a technical architect, artist, collector and museologist, founder and director of the Museu del Joguet de Catalunya in Figueres (Girona). He studied technical architecture at the Escola Oficial d’Aparelladors (now the Escola Politècnica Superior d’Edificació de Barcelona) and museology.
Thanks to the collaboration of Lluís Duran Simón, he founded the Museu del Joguets de Catalunya, which opened its doors in 1982 and which, from that moment on, he went on to direct.
In 1997 he created the Fundació Museu del Joguet de Catalunya, to which he and his wife, Pilar Casademont Sadurní, donated their collection of games and toys. Since that year he has also been the president of the Fundació Museu del Joguet de Catalunya.
From 1995 onwards, he supervised the remodelling work and the adaptation of the current Museu del Joguet de Catalunya, which was inaugurated in 1988. In November 2018, the first floor of the Museum’s permanent exhibition was opened to the public. Josep Maria Joan Rosa has been the architect of the Museum’s temporary and travelling exhibitions, which have contributed to the internationalisation of the institution, as well as its publications.