One of the most popular museums for its figurative art collection, The European Museum of Modern Art (Museu Europeu d'Art Modern) is a must visit. On show is a collection of modern art pieces that date back to the 20th Century. One can find exhibits of photo-realism, life-size sculptures and other works of art. It has a souvenir shop too, where one might pick up attractive collectibles. The cafe also contains some good art pieces, giving one the feel of being surrounded by art. The venue also offers space for concerts and events to give local artists a chance to exhibit their skills.
Built in 1990, the National Art Museum of Catalonia offers the best collection of Romanesque murals in the world, including some real gems from the Pyrenean region. Other pieces housed in the collection demonstrate diversity through such mediums as carving, sculpture, wood paintings, and glazed objects. Also found in the museum are uniques works like intricate altarpieces and gold and silver ornaments. You'll enjoy a selection of Gothic period paintings by 14th- and 15th-century Catalan School artists alongside those of their counterparts from across Spain and Europe. Art lovers will enjoy a healthy dose of local art at the National Art Museum of Catalonia.
Established by surrealist artist Joan Miró, this institute was founded to support the study of contemporary art. It was built by architect Josep Lluís Sert who was also a close friend to Miró and member of the Catalan art scene. Its outstanding octagonal tower houses a concert hall that puts on classical music performances, and the striking building also houses a permanent collection of Miró's art. Large canvases mingle with tapestries while engravings complement photographs. Given the eclectic stylings of its honored artist, the institute showcases a number of disciplines and aesthetics. There are also a café-restaurant and souvenir shop onsite, promising plenty of comfort for visitors to the Joan Miró Foundation.
Designed by Richard Meier, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art is housed in an aptly modern building with a glass facade and striking white color. It combines elements of contemporary American architecture with the Mediterranean rationalist tradition. The museum opened to the public in 1995, showing a permanent collection of work produced over the last 50 years and donated by the city's other artistic institutions. Visitors will also find regular temporary exhibitions featuring Spanish and international artists, as well as lectures, seminars, and audiovisual competitions on offer. If you like art, culture, and all things modern, swing by the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art.
Explore the world of chocolate by embarking on a tour of the delightful Museu De La Xocolata. From chocolate's humble origins in the South American jungle, to its rise in popularity in Europe and beyond, these exhibits showcase the past, present, and future of the product. The staff offers a series of informative tours for both children and adults alike, as well as hands-on workshops that allow guests to make their own chocolate figurines. In association with the Confectionery Guild of Barcelona and their Pastry School, this display is a treat for all those with a sweet tooth.
Built in 1911, CaixaForum was built by the distinguished Catalan architect Puig i Cadafalch as a textile factory. It was reimagined and opened in 2002, and today, the space serves as a cultural hub and art museum in Barcelona. It regularly hosts seminars and cultural events in the auditorium. In the past, special events have been graced by such international big shots as Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bono, and Noam Chomsky. CaixaForum appreciates all art forms, and the film and cinema exhibition is popular among visitors. The contemporary art collection is also a must see. Stop by and check it out for yourself.
Francisco Godia, a Catalan collector is an art enthusiast and has managed to build up an outstanding collection that includes paintings, sculptures and pottery dating from the Middle Ages to the present day. It's all on permanent display at the Fundación Francisco Godia. The outstanding pieces are the Romanesque sculptures, the pottery collection, and some unique paintings by the Catalan artist Ramón Casas and the Italian Lucio Fontana among others.
This cozy gallery is located on the ground floor of a unique building with vaulted ceilings, in the Ciutat Vella, near the busy Rambles. Though it only has one hallit is quite large and impressive. Pergamon specializes in contemporary art and displays works by Spanish artists. It holds both collective and monographic exhibitions that include works by artists such as Perico Pastor, Descarga, Serra de Ribera, Neus Martin Royo, Galofré, Artigau and Palazzi.
Opened in 1994, this is the first center in Europe dedicated to the study of the urban metropolis seen as a universal phenomenon which helps us to analyze the social, cultural and urban development of the city, as well as its history. The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) was built by the architect Piñón y Viaplana, on the site of the old Casa de la Caridad, a beautiful building of which a few original decorative elements remain. This is the main exhibition center in Barcelona, located in the heart of the Raval district. Apart from courses and seminars, its program includes some of the most interesting cultural initiatives in Barcelona. It also has a café-restaurant and a gift shop.
Renè Metras Gallery is located in Consell de Cent Street and was inaugurated in 1962. It displays works by contemporary artists, both Spanish and international. Previous exhibition at the gallery have included works by artists such as Isidre Marcet. Some of the artists who regularly exhibit here are Josep Veciana, Antonio Socia and María Girona. Alicia Vela has also exhibited her peculiar photographic compositions at Renè Metras.
Casa Amatller is one of Barcelona's most famous and recognizable landmarks. The structure belongs to the Manzana de la Discordia, or Block of Discord, which features famous architecture designed by the fathers of modernista architecture: Gaudí, Domènech i Muntaner, and the designer of Casa Amatller, Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Upon visiting the house, visitors will get to enjoy the preserved modernist interior, complete with original furniture. Please note that visitors must make reservations to enter and tour the exquisite house.