Barcelona museums -- art galleries

Art galleries

CaixaForum

The CaixaForum, the contemporary art and cultural centre belonging to the Fundació "La Caixa", is housed in the Modernista Fábrica Ramona, the former textile factory designed by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, with a new main entrance by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, 3,000 m2 of exhibition space, a 350-seat auditorium and an excellent mediateca.

The CaixaForum includes a selection of works from the Foundations Contemporary Art Collection as well as visiting exhibitions.

CCCB

The CCCB opened in 1994 and puts on such things as exhibitions, music, dance, courses, debates, lectures.

CCCB, apart from meaning the Contemporary Culture Centre of Barcelona, also apparently stands for "Cities, Creation and Culture in Barcelona". Pity kitsch isn't spelt with a "c", too...

MACBA

Barcelona's new Contemporary Art Museum, opened in 1995, is five minutes' walk from the Plaza Catalunya in the city centre.

Not to be confused with the MNAC (see below), and not actually one of our favourites.

Miró Foundation

Opened in 1975, the Joan Miró (1893-1983) Foundation is one of Barcelona's major art galleries. Not everyone's cup of tea (doesn't it rather put you off your tea that one of his major "wild paintings" is entitled "Man and Woman in front of a Pile of Excrement"?) but, whether he is or not, Miró – like Gaudi – is pretty much in your face all the time you are here in Barcelona, and not just in the souvenir shops.

Apart from the museum, there's a huge mural outside Terminal B at the airport, a huge mosaic you've just trodden on as you walk down the Ramblas and a Miró-designed logo at every branch of Barcelona’s biggest bank, La Caixa.

The site contains information on the building itself (attractive if you happen to like modern architecture), a Miró biography, and a section on the actual work.

Note that the tourist bus to Montjuich stops right outside.

MNAC

The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) is housed in the magnificent palace overlooking the fountains of Montjuich and (a 15 minute walk away) the Plaza España. To be found there are the 11th to 18th century Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque collections.

The site does what you would expect any museum site to do, ie. give you enough of a taste to want to visit the real thing. While regrettably that is not the case with many of Barcelona's museum sites, happily the MNAC brings it off superbly.

The museum describes itself as "One museum, 1000 years of art", which sums it up rather neatly.

Picasso Museum

Picasso (1881-1973 [ interactive timeline ]) spent and important part of his early life in Barcelona and many of the 4,000 works of the permanent collection are from his formative years, with the museum said to be the best in the world for that period.

The Picasso Museum occupies five lovely Gothic palaces in the heart of Barcelona's old city.

See also
iPhone app

Wikipedia Barcelona Picasso Museum

Tàpies Foundation

The Fundació Tàpies, centrally located in a Modernista house by Doménech i Montaner, houses the best collection of the work of the internationally renowned Catalan painter and sculptor Antoni Tàpies (1923-2012), as well as exhibitions of modern and art from around the world.

See also
Wikipedia Antoni Tàpies

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CaixaForum
CCCB
Picasso Museum
MACBA
Miro Foundation
MNAC
Tàpies Foundation

Elsewhere

For other (non-art) Museums, go to our separate page...

Note

Admission prices given are for adults; concessionary prices may also be available.

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Valid for 3 months, for €30 Articket gets you into 6 of Barcelona's top art centres: the CCCB; Fundació Antoni Tàpies; Fundació Joan Miró; MACBA; MNAC; and the Picasso Museum.

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