Set Current Location
Art enthusiasts shouldn't miss a trip to this beautiful modern art museum in the Eixample neighborhood. Featuring a carefully-curated collection of Modernista art, the focus here is on local artists and the indigenous Art Noveau style that developed in Catalonia from 42 of the genres most representative artists. These include such names as Antoni Gaudí, Joaquim Mir and Gaspar Homar. Expressed in a variety of different mediums, the works of these artists were diverse as they subverted traditional notions of art. From sculpture, furniture, painting and decorative arts, each discipline is well represented. The museum itself is a living work of art, designed by architect Eric Sagnier, it has been restored and renovated to house the museum. Fans of Anton Gaudi should make it a point to visit the top floor; there is an entire room dedicated to his work.
This is one of the most important galleries in the city promoting ancient art. It is located in an area that has historically housed many art galleries. The gallery displays the beauty of ancient art in all its forms and the work ranges from paintings to archaeological artifacts. The establishment also hosts regular classical art shows such as a magnificent exhibition in the past featuring sculptures, paintings, and drawings by the great artist Julio González.
Set inside an old textile factory from the 19th Century, Ici et Là is one of the best stops in Barcelona for unique, artisanal objects to beautify your house. Opened in 1995, this gallery and showroom is elegantly decked with limited editions, singular pieces and decorative items that are hard to find anywhere else. Showcasing Barcelonian designers, you will find their range of paintings, light fixtures and furniture very appealing. Since these are handmade, the prices are also steep, but the quality and craftsmanship is worth it.
Petritxol Street, located in the most genuine part of the town, the barrio gótico, is well known because of its cozy and pleasant cafés. However, it is even more famous for the long-established art galleries you can find there. This gallery, Art Petritxol, displays works by Catalan painters from the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th Century. Of the numerous pieces on display, worth mentioning is a canvas by Ramón Casas, which dates from the middle of 1900. Art Petritxol is a paradise for all art lovers.
August 16 is celebrated as St. Roc's Day. St Roc was the patron saint of a few of the historical guilds of Barcelona, which means that this typical festivity, aside from its religious side, also had a political edge. The festivity is held on Plaça Nova, which is spectacularly decorated that day with the flags of the different guilds of Barcelona and their various representatives. The usual happenings take place: dancing with gegants (huge carnival figures), games for children, and the dancing of the Sardana, Europe's most complicated national dance (but you'd never know that by looking at it!).