Barcelona Art Museums are noted to be some of the best in the world. Spanish artists such as Pablo Picasso, Antoni Gaudi, and Fundacio Joan Miro are only a few of the famed artists whose works adorn the walls of several museums, homes, and streets.
The work of Pablo Picasso can be viewed at Museu Picasso. Thousands of paintings and sculptures line the museum as art enthusiasts take in the glorious talent of this artist. Some of the artworks displayed are:
o Plandiura Collection containing 22 Picassos
o The Metamorphoses of Ovid and other lithographs and posters
o The Sabartes Collection
o Blue Portrait of Sabartes
o 8 canvases making up the Meninas series
o Picasso’s oil paintings and drawings from his youth – 921 works
o Jacqueline Roque ceramic pieces
o Roberto Otero photographs
o Picasso’s The Dead Woman
o Woman with Bonnet
o Seated Man
Fundacio Joan Miro Home contains a collection of contemporary art from this internationally acclaimed Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist. There is also a museum dedicated to this man of great artistic talent located in his birth town of Barcelona.
Antoni Gaudi was an architectural genius and his brilliantly designed free-flowing designs may be viewed throughout Barcelona. A Spanish artist, whose work can be displayed during an afternoon walk in Barcelona, Guadi’s buildings have marveled many. Gaudi’s seven buildings of architectural grandeur will delight any art enthusiast.
If contemporary spanish art is something you like to embrace, a stop at the Macba. Museq d’Art Contemporani is a must. A few of the collections housed here at this contemporary art scene consist of:
• HOLDINGS – A collection of decades 50s-70s
• TODOS JUNTOS PODEMOS PARAR EL SIDA, BY KEITH HARING – murals containing his representations of children, sex, his fight against AIDS and life in general.
• 3 MATTRESSES’ BY GUILLERMO KUITCA- Kuitca takes the historical pain of places and reinvents them into places of experimentation.
‘One museum, a thousand years of art’ is the slogan for MNAC: Musea Nacional d’At de Catalunya. This museum takes you through centuries of paintings, photography, sculpture and more. This along with Museu Picasso, is a must stop and see for any lover of art traveling to Barcelona. Here are a few of the sections of this highly acclaimed museum featuring Barcelona art as well as other International art:
• Medieval Romanesque Art- the biggest and oldest collection in Europe
• Medieval gothic Art- 13th-15th centuries
• Renaissance and Baroque Art- 16th-18th centuries; attribute to National and International Artist of the “Spanish Golden Age
• Modern Art – 19-20th centuries; poster, photography, painting, sculpture, cinema, and architecture are displayed here on the first floor.
• Drawings, Prints and Posters: from major artist like Fortuny and Casas
• Photography- 19-20 centuries; including artists such as Casas, Joan Colum and Orio I Maspons
• Numismatics – over 135,000 examples of coins from 6th century BC to present day.
Another stop for those that enjoy the contemporary side of art is Fundacio Sunol. Here visitors will experience two floors of the contemporary art collection of Josep Sunol. At least 100 works are on display all the time, while other works are shuffled every six months.
Ulls Blaus and NIU in Poblenou houses art that is made of recycled materials. Mostly frequented by younger Spanish artists and the like, but all are welcome to come and browse the artwork of this new form of art taken from an old form of materials.
Whatever the form of art or the age of the artists past or present, the city of Barcelona has much to offer those that are interested in “art”. Here are a few of the off the beaten track Barcelona art galleries that offer unique talents that are both contemporary/modern or historical.
• Taller Creativo Bencini in El Born
• Angels Barcelona in Raval
• Cosmo in Eixample
• Galeria Artevistas along Consell de Cent
• Museu Frederic Mares in Barri Gotic
• Esther Arias Galeria de Arte y Taller in the Born