One of the best museums in Barcelona, as much for its location in Montjuïc as for the art, including sculptures, paintings, drawings, engravings, posters, collection of photographs and collection of numismatics of Catalan art from Romanesque to the mid 20th century. The temporary exhibitions are usually very interesting.
The cultural offer of the city of Barcelona is unstoppable and thriving, the range of museums, galleries and art centers is innumerable. Going on cultural visits in Barcelona is thus a pleasant experience.
Contemporary art has its own center, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, also known as MACBA. Interesting works of the best exponents of recent and current artistic creation are exhibited there.
The program of complementary activities turns it into an institution completely in line with the interdisciplinary idea of dealing with reality, with all types of initiative, from workshops, courses and lectures to commented visits.
In an extension of the museum just in front of it there is a rich documentation fond where you can find many bibliographical sources for research linked to contemporary art thinking.
Apart from contemplating or analyzing the works exhibited in this museum, the experience of going through the hallways is pleasant, for the rationalist and fresh line designed by the North American architect Richard Meier and who managed to give an expression to the facade and inside spaces.
Accumulation of aesthetic emotions to stimulate the senses of art and creation amateurs.
In one of the most beautiful and enigmatic streets of Barcelona, there are some beautiful Gothic palaces, some of them are used, like the Picasso Museum. I've gone so many times to this museum, to see the permanent collection about the genius painter from Málaga, or to see temporary exhibitions. It's always a good decision, this mix of former and modern times, of past and present.
The Picasso Museum is one of the places that no one should miss when coming to Barcelona. But most of all, visit and get lost in Montcada street and the surrounding area (El Born). One of my favorite spots in the city.
The Joan Miró Foundation is situated on the hill of Montjuïc and is a modern building with spectacular views on the city. It is closed on Mondays and the entrance fee costs 8€ (6€ with student discount).
I recommend the audioguide, very interactive, with comments either by painting or room, and it will provide you with a lot of very useful information to get to know the work and personality of this character better.
Miró was born at the end of the 19th century and started to paint very early. In the foundation there are very old paintings of when he was still a teenager and went on holidays to France, paintings landscapes. They also display paintings and drawings of his trips to Paris, where he met Picasso, various painters, artists and French poets. His masterpieces are also displayed in the foundation, which turned 30 years old in 2005, and many of his works are spread in the streets of Barcelona, like the mosaic of Las Ramblas or the sculpture behind Plaza de España in the direction of Sants.
Miró is one of the few modern painters I like, with his minimalist work, its symbolism, the bright and joyful colors. I recommend the visit even if it's to see the building only. You will find a restaurant, a library specialized on Miró and a souvenir shop.
It is said that it's one of the liveliest and dynamic exhibition center of the city. Located in one of the main modernist buildings of BCN, a singular textile factory of the beginning of the 20th century converted in a fantastic social and cultural center.
All types of expressions are represented: visual arts, exhibitions, concerts, etc. The current permanent exhibition enlightens us on the history of the building, from its design to its remodeling, and allows to know a little more the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch.
When you visit this house-museum, you always discover something special. An artist once lived here and you can see the manner of his work. In this case also, the artist is none other than Lluís Domènech i Montaner, genius of Catalan Modernism. His house is full of models, sketches and photos of his work. His architect workbench is also preserved. The atmosphere is charming ... very inspiring.
This old palace, located in the middle of the old part of town, at the very end of Portal del Ángel avenue, was bought by the Royal Arts Association of Barcelona, a nonprofit association founded in 1991 and that has been a reference since the beginning in the organization of social, artistic and cultural events.
The palace is made of stone, and has a beautiful courtyard around which there are the different buildings of various rooms where exhibitions are organized (when I went there, there was one of Dalí), as well as conferences, concerts, workshops (painting, sculpting, carving), and a library. The palace also has a restaurant upstairs with a superb terrace where one can relax, while you see the entire traffic and hustle and bustle of the street, full of people and shops, right at your feet.