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Best Contemporary Art in Barcelona

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Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)

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.

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Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

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.

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Antoni Tàpies Foundation

Tàpies himself created the Fundación Antoni Tàpies in 1984 as a place to study contemporary art. Today, its library has become one of the most important of its kind in the world, exhibiting a large collection of his original drawings, paintings, sculptures, and engravings. Designed by modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the building that houses these extraorindary works traces back to 1880. It served as the headquarters of prestigious publishing house Editorial Montaner i Simón until the 1970s though the spirit of the arts is still very much alive. Keep an eye out for temporary exhibits, and be sure to look up above the entrance for one of Tàpies's avant-garde sculptures when you visit.

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Picasso Museum

Barcelona's tribute to one of its adopted sons, the Picasso Museum displays a fabulous collection across three adjoining medieval palaces. Although the famous Cubist artist was actually born in Málaga, his long artistic career started in Barcelona. Visitors to this museum will see important early works in various mediums, including engraving, lithography, and pottery. The best-known pieces on display at the Picasso Museum are the Harlequin, a portrait of one of Picasso's wives, and the Las Meninas series. Regular temporary exhibits focus on different aspects of the artist's legacy like his research on landscapes and foray into theater design. Additionally, there are some works by other artists from the avant-garde movement on display, rounding out the experience.

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Suñol Foundation

The Suñol Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to opening up the contemporary artworks of Josep Suñol to the public. At the same time, the foundation promotes the production and diffusion of avant-garde art. Filled with impressive pieces, the Josep Suñol Collection comprises more than 1200 works of art from artists like Warhol, Picasso, Miró, Dalí, Tàpies, Giacometti, and many more. It is exhibited in different formats, from chronological sequences to dialogues and interactions between the different works in the collection. Contemporary art lovers flock to the Suñol Foundation and its exciting temporary exhibitions. Be one of them!

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Joan Miró Foundation

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.

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CaixaForum

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.

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Museu Can Framis

Museu Can Framis is one of the most popular contemporary art museums in the city. The museum aims to promote and document contemporary art, through its collection of paintings and installations. Largely focused on Catalan art, the museum has over 250 paintings in display, some of which date back to the early 1960s. Along with its permanent collection, the museum also features an updated selection and also features a number of themed-based exhibitions and art workshops.

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