Barcelona’s Picasso Museum is on Carrer Montcada, in the Old Town located in a row of five Gothic palaces from the 13th to the 14th century. The museum opened in 1963 thanks to the efforts of Picasso’s friend and personal secretary Jaume Sabartés, and shows the close link of the artist to this city. Picasso was born in Málaga but spent his adolescence and early youth in Barcelona, a crucial period of his life.
This is one of the most visited cultural venues in the city, a point of reference to know Picasso’s work. The museum, born of the artist’s specific intention, owns a permanent holding of 4,251 pieces; among them is a very valuable selection of 3500 pieces from his formative years between 1890 and 1901.
The museum also has an important group of works from his Blue Period (1901-04), several works he did in Barcelona in 1917, the series of paintings called “Las Meninas” (1957), and an ample collection of linen cuts, etchings and lithographs. Completing the display is a good sample of his ceramics, donated by the artist’s widow Jaqueline Roque.
This visit should not be missed by any lover of contemporary art.
MNAC -Museu Nacional D’art de Catalunya
MNAC, the National Art Museum of Catalonia, opened in 1934 as the Museu d'Art de Catalunya with a medieval collection that was gradually enlarged until 2004, when the “Modernisme” rooms were added.
This is probably the best museum to get acquainted with Catalan art, from the best collection of Romanesque murals in the world, to the most representative artists of Catalan “Modernisme”, like Antoni Gaudi or Ramón Casas, and later Catalan artists like the “Noucentistes” and the Avant-garde. Besides paintings, this major collection covers sculpture, photography, posters, architecture and crafts-&-design.
The collection of Romanesque art, from the 11th to the 13th century, is an exceptional series of mural paintings plus paintings on wood and carvings, totaling the largest and oldest Romanesque collection in Europe. Moreover, the Gothic collections and works of great European artists of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, such as Titian, Velázquez, Zurbarán, El Greco, Cranach, Rubens and others, make visiting MNAC a major artistic and historic experience.
The museum is located on the mountain of Montjuïc, in a palace built for the International exhibition in 1929. The view from the terrace is breath-taking !
FUNDACIÓ JOAN MIRÓ
The Joan Miró Foundation, often referred to as the “Miró Museum”, is located on the mountain of Montjuïc. It opened in 1975 with a large part of the artist’s private collection. Designed by his great friend, the rationalist and avant-garde architect Josep Lluis Sert, the building is a singular space that Miró conceived to bring art closer to the public.
The visit will make us discover the inner and outer worlds of Joan Miró, admiring some of his most representative works. The museum has more than 14,000 works, paintings, sculptures and tapestries. The museum also conserves most of the painter’s preparatory drawings. A majority of the works were donated by the artist himself, his wife Pilar Juncosa, and his friend and collaborator Joan Prats.
Joan Miró was born in Barcelona in 1893, but later settled in Mallorca. His strong connection to the earth and the environment made him turn away from academia, seeking an art of purity not ascribed to any particular movement.
His personality and his love of the Mediterranean are appreciable in the building: the Miró Foundation is a cultural icon fusing art, architecture and landscape.
MUHBA - History Museum of Barcelona
MUHBA embodies a new concept of museum, disseminated throughout the city in different locations to explain the history of Barcelona from its foundation by Rome to Gaudí and “Modernisme”.
Digging a building’s foundations led to the discovery of parts of the ancient Roman settlement and the simultaneous restoration of the Palace of the Counts and the throne-room gave way to an ambitious archaeological intervention in Plaça del Rei. The resulting complex, which opened in 1943, became the embryo of the MUHBA museums; adding the Temple of Augustus and the Via Sepulchral Way, this visit is essential to an understanding of the origins of Barcelona.
The Plaça del Rei Monument Ensemble addresses Roman Barcino of the 1st century, Visigoth Barchinona of the 7th century and Medieval Barcelona of the 13th century. This underground visit enables us to walk the streets of Barcelona in Roman times, with the city walls they built, a dyer’s workshop of the 2nd century and vestiges of the first Christian community in the city. To complete the visit we will return to the surface through important medieval buildings such as the Palau Reial and the Chapel of Santa Agueda.
MACBA - Contemporary Art Museum
The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) opened on the 28th of November, 1995. d Internationally consolidated as a model for contemporary art, it offers an itinerary through the main artistic references of our present times.
The building constructed for the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona was designed by North American architect Richard Meier. His architecture is a formal reinterpretation of Rationalism, with references to the masters of the modern movement, in particular Le Corbusier. Natural light enters the building through the openings and slits in the corners, as well as the curtain-walls and the skylights in the roof.
The MACBA collection concentrates on the period between the second half of the 20th century and the present time. However, it begins with a selection of Avant-garde works from the 1920s, proceeding to the heart of the collection around 1968, when there was a radical change in the paradigm of Contemporary Art.
MACBA intends to awaken the enjoyment and interest in contemporary art and culture from a standpoint aims to transform people and society.
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The Barcelona Football Club, is a sports enterprise founded on the 29th of November, 1899 by a group of young Swiss, Catalan and British football players led by Joan Gamper, from Switzerland. The Camp Nou Stadium, built in 1957, has a capacity for 99,354 spectators, and is a legendary venue for lovers of football.
The Museum, inaugurated in 1984, is one of the most visited in Catalonia, and covers the history of the club with its players, games, trophies and objects that have been the wonder of millions of fans all over the world. The museum also has a large number of sports-related works by many Catalan artists such as Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Antoni Tapies or Josep Maria Subirachs.
Discover the emotions you will experience in Camp Nou during a tour of the most emblematic corners of the stadium: the VIP area, the changing rooms of the visiting team, the “tunnel” to the field, the press room, the meeting room, the field. Feel the magic of Camp Nou from the grass on the field and sit in one of the seats used by the players of this great team!
An undeniable visit for every true fan of the legends of football!
REIAL MONESTIR DE PEDRALBES
The Royal Convent of Pedralbes was founded by Queen Elisenda of Montcada in 1327 with the support of her husband, King James II of Aragon, who had the church dedicated to St Mary. Elisenda had a small palace built next to the convent, to retire to with the ladies of her family after she became a widow.
The daytime cells are interesting, where the nuns retreated to pray and to find the concentration they sought. In the former dormitory there are many works of art which the nuns acquired during the centuries in which they inhabited the convent. We will also visit the chapel of St. Michael, the Chapter Hall, the grave of Queen Elisenda of Montcada, and the church with its great Gothic altarpiece and stained glass windows.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the convent is the cloister, perfectly conserved and one of the largest Gothic cloisters in Europe.
This is a very special visit, full of peace and spirituality!
Built for the International Exhibition in Barcelona in 1929, the Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village) esponded to the idea of concentrating the spirit of Spain in a single space. Conceived like a real village, it occupies 49.000 square meters, and contains 117 life sized reproductions of buildings, streets and squares from all over the country.
During your stroll you will discover not only buildings but craftsmen producing their wares by hand, and also works by universal figures of contemporary art like Dali, Picasso, Miró or Guinovart.
Don’t miss the new audiovisual installations, such as “Feeling Spain”, which will take you on a virtual journey through the geography and the most authentic traditions of Spanish culture.
MUSEUMS À LA CARTE
Barcelona has more than 60 museums where you will discover art, architecture, design, music, science, traditions and other themes.
There are museums for the family, such as the Chocolate Museum, the Cosmo Caixa Science Museum, or the Tibidabo Automaton Museum.
There are museums for school groups like the Catalonian History Museum, the various MUHBA history museums, or the Born Centre of Culture and Memory.
Some museums can be visited as a set, combining, for example the Miró Foundation and the Picasso Museum, or the Maritime Museum with the Aquarium. But maybe you would rather choose the Museum of Ethnology and cultures of the world, the Museum of Modernisme, or the MOCO Museum.
Our guides will make your visit worthwhile and ensure that you don’t miss the most interesting details in each one of them. Let’s find the one best suited to your liking!
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