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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.
Sculptor Frederic Marés i Deulovol donated his house to the city to be a museum, creating this charming cultural attraction. One section of the Museu Frederic Marés has been laid out to give visitors an overview of the development of sculpture in the Hispanic world from the pre-Roman era to the beginning of the 20th century. The other section, El Gabinete del Coleccionista, displays thousands of household objects like fans, pipes, and children's dolls arranged according to Marés's own taste. These relics paint a picture of everyday life in the early-20th century, transporting visitors back in time. If you're interested in art or history, you'll love this quaint museum.
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.