Art in Barcelona

Museums

In Barcelona there are museums of every sort: large, small, hidden in back streets, of international artists, science, sport, curiosities... and museums worth visiting just to see the building. Among the more curious collections are the automatons of Tibidabo, perfumes, waxworks, sewers, funeral coaches and others which most people in Barcelona don't know exist. Here we give a selection of the most important which, time and strength permitting, you could try to see.

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Temporary Exhibitions

There are more than 150 places where you can find temporary exhibitions of all types. From a bar such as the Café del Sol to La Pedrera, any space can suffice to display the work of a new or established artist. Here we suggest a few which are also in buildings of architectural interest.

Commercial Art Galleries

There are more than 100 commercial galleries selling works by both new and established artists. The greatest concentration is in the Eixample area. In Carrer Consell de Cent, between Carrer Aribau and Passeig de Gracia, you will find a lot. In the Barrio Gotico they are to be found in Carrer Avinyo, Canuda, Duc de la Victoria and others, the greatest concentration is in Carrer Petritxol (5) and Carrer Palla (3). Another zone is el Borne: in Carrer Montcada (near the Museo Picasso) and more in Carrer Antic Sant Joan, Carrer Sombrerers, Pl. Comercial and Carrer Rec.

Picasso Museum Barcelona
Museums
Ciutat Vella - La Ribera / Born

The Museum occupies five medieval palaces in the secluded Carrer Montcada.

Fundació Miró
Museums
Sants Montjuïc

The Fundació Miró is not only the works of the artist, it is also the success of the light, the spaces and volumes of the building designed by arch

MNAC (National Art Museum of Catalunya)
Museums
Sants Montjuïc

The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC,) in the Palau Nacional, symbol of the 1929 International Exhibition in Barcelona, is situated on the m

MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art)
Museums
Ciutat Vella - El Raval

The building is the work of the North-American architect Richard Meier.

CaixaForum
Temporary exhibitions centers
Sants Montjuïc

This building has been an old factury desgined by the modernist architectof Josep Puig i Cadafalch and it became in 2002 the CaixaForum, the social

Antoni Tàpies Foundation
Museums
Eixample Esquerra

There are works from all periods of the artistic development and a beautiful library devoted to modern and Asiatic art.

Drassanes, Maritim Museum
Museums
Ciutat Vella - El Raval

The origins of the Royal Shipyards of Barcelona (Drassanes) lies in the late thirteenth century.

Barcelona Design Museum
Museums
Sant Martí

The Design Museum of Barcelona, depending on the Institute of Culture of Barcelona, integrates the collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts, th

CCCB
Temporary exhibitions centers
Ciutat Vella - El Raval

Exhibitions and contemporary art events in a building which perfectly combines the ancient and the modern.

Chocolate Museum
Museums
Ciutat Vella - La Ribera / Born

The Chocolate Museum is located on Comerç del Borne street in a building with history, in the former convent of Sant Agusti.

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