15 places in Barcelona for fans of modern art

All about the museums and other objects of contemporary art read on the Rambler/Travel
Barcelona have long claimed the title of European capital of contemporary art. The exhibitions in the galleries, numerous exhibitions, unusual installations, free workshops and concerts — it's all about the main city in Catalonia. Maria STEPANOVA, who for several years studied at the faculty of Philology University of Barcelona, recommends locations for lovers of modern art‑objects.

Museum Metronom



Barcelona, Spain
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This Museum, which opened in 1980, was created to explore the advanced Catalan public with the most daring projects of young Spanish artists and sculptors. Under one roof the masterpieces of experimental art, from photographs and installations to videos and pictures. Metronom equipped with the latest equipment, all kinds of interactive displays and state of the art computers, thanks to which this place is called the Museum of art of the future.
About other attractions and places of interest, read the guide to Barcelona.

Centre of contemporary culture of Barcelona



Barcelona, Spain
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One of the most visited museums in Barcelona is located in the city centre, in the acclaimed Raval. It is, in fact, serves as a "cultural laboratory": there are numerous conferences, lectures and seminars. Center for contemporary culture occupies several spaces: part of the old House of mercy of the XVIII century (Casa de Caritat), as well as a huge mirror building, built in 1957 by architect Helio Pinon and albert Viaplana. In recent is definitely worth a climb on the last floor (it's called Mirador), which offers spectacular views of Barcelona. In addition to numerous exhibitions and other cultural events, the center has a creative bookstore, library pillow with free admission and art‑café.

Sculpture "Head of Barcelona"



Barcelona, Spain
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it is Difficult to avoid the gaze of this funny sculpture, watching the passers-by their different persons in the old port of Barcelona. Its author was an American artist, graphic designer and sculptor of pop art direction, a close friend of Andy Warhol — Roy Lichtenstein. In the life of the project helped to incarnate engineering company Steyco and sculptor Delgado, who carried out the installation of parts weighing 20 tons. Under the influence of the mosaic tradition of Gaudi, the building was decorated with blue and red ceramic tiles.

author Himself, commenting on his work, claimed that for him it is a mere outline, a form. It is considered that the sculpture symbolizes the new face of Barcelona after the Olympic games-1992, but there are those who are trying to find it encrypted celebrity face.

arts Center Santa Monica



Barcelona, Spain
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At the end of the bustling Las Ramblas in Barcelona is a Center for the arts Santa Monica, which regularly hosts temporary exhibitions dedicated to the Catalan and foreign art. Merge together different disciplines: fine arts, multimedia, new digital technologies, architecture, design and fashion. Once a year the Museum hosts a unique event — fair of handmade books from around the world.

Joan miró Foundation



Barcelona, Spain
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Spanish abstractionist and surrealist Joan miró, renowned worldwide for his colorful work, looks like children's drawings, took care of opening a private Museum during his lifetime. The gallery, designed by close friend of the artist, architect Josep Sert, was opened in 1975. Since then this Museum located in Park montjuïc and is surrounded by intricate colorful sculptures, has gained unprecedented popularity.
Here is a large part of the works of Miro: about 300 paintings, 150 sculptures and more than eight thousand drawings of the master. In the walls of the Foundation regularly hosts exhibitions of works by young artists, many of whom then become famous.

Museum of design of Barcelona



Barcelona, Spain
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This is an unusual ultra-modern building is located in a trendy area of Barcelona called Poblenou, next to the famous skyscraper the Agbar tower. This place was conceived as a kind of design laboratory, which would function as a meeting place of various design companies and individual people involved in this field.
currently in the building DHUB are free temporary exhibitions dedicated to design and fashion. In may 2014 there was opened a permanent collection of design Museum, which is part of the exhibits moved here the Museum of ceramics, Museum of clothing and textiles and Museum of decorative arts. Once a year the walls of the building arranged by the famous OFFF conference for designers from all over the world.

Cultural center MUTUO



Barcelona, Spain
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This is a multi-functional creative space is simultaneously a cultural center, art gallery, vintage shop and café. It hosts exhibitions and master classes, and concerts of live music and theatrical performances. In the evenings, MUTUO always a lot of people here are going urban dandies and various creative people.

Sculpture "Fallen star"



Barcelona, Spain.
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Ten-meter sculpture is difficult to miss in the middle of the beach of San Miguel. It was called "Cuba" (The Cubes), and not everyone knows that actually the sculpture symbolizes the fallen and the broken star. It is dedicated to fishing the past quarter of a four crooked cube reminiscent of monotonous little houses close Barceloneta.
"Fallen star" was created by Rebecca horn before the Olympic games 1992. They say that the author of the sculpture at this time struggled with severe lung disease. In their work, Rebecca was able to convey the feeling of an enclosed space and lack of air, which may have experienced yourself.
Today, the "Star" can be seen on many tourist postcards, it has become one of the symbols of Barcelona and has become a popular place for meetings.

Cultural center of the Caixa Forum


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Barcelona, Spain
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cultural center is located on the site of the former textile factory of the XX century, built in the style of art Nouveau. In 1963 the building was bought by the Spanish Bank La Caixa and later renovated by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. Forty years later the building was transformed into a creative space.
On the ground floor there is a hall for seminars and film screenings and bookstore Laie, specializing in the sale of books about modern culture; the second floor features several exhibition halls and showrooms, as well as the fashionable art‑café.

Gallery Artevistas



Barcelona, Spain
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This tiny art gallery located in the heart of Barcelona, between the La Rambla and Plaza Sant Jaume, in the building where was born the famous Catalan artist Joan Miro. Its main task is to support and promote young contemporary artists and sculptors. Now in the collection of the gallery are about 800 works, including original paintings, illustrations, photographs and sculptures. There are often noisy exhibitions and various recitals.

Sculpture "Fish"



Barcelona, Spain
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This tiny art gallery located in the heart of Barcelona, between the La Rambla and Plaza Sant Jaume, in the building where was born the famous Catalan artist Joan Miro. Its main task is to support and promote young contemporary artists and sculptors. Now in the collection of the gallery are about 800 works, including original paintings, illustrations, photographs and sculptures. There are often noisy exhibitions and various recitals.

Centre of contemporary art La Virreyna


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Barcelona, Spain
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This contemporary art centre located in the Palace Virreina built in the late XVIII century in Baroque and Rococo on the Ramblas by the architect Carlos Grau. The Palace was built on the orders of former Vice‑king of Peru and named after his wife (the word "virreina" with the Catalan language means "wife of the Viceroy"). At the moment the building is owned by the state and it houses the headquarters of the Institute of culture of the city Council. There are numerous temporary photo and audiovisual exhibitions, multimedia installations, literary festivals and more.

European Museum of modern art



Barcelona, Spain
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In a trendy area of Barcelona called El born, near the Picasso Museum is a young Museum of modern art opened the doors in 2011. Collected here are extravagant and provocative works in the style of figurative art of contemporary artists and sculptors. The subjects of paintings and sculptures is devoted to the problem of racism (the"86 Generation" Jordi Diaz), the topic of abortion ("the Metamorphosis with the theft of my son" kike Meana) and mass media ("Family portrait" Jorge Gallego). The building, which houses the Museum, is an architectural monument of Barcelona is the ancient Palace of the XVIII century, designed by architect Juan Garrido in the neoclassical style.(rsya9)
Museum not only visit the exhibition but also to visit the live music (jazz, Blues, swing and classic) which are held on Fridays and Saturdays in the ballroom with 10-foot ceilings.

fundació Antoni tàpies



Barcelona, Spain
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Gallery one of the most popular abstract artists of Catalonia is located in a historic modernist building of late XIX century, built according to the project Louis Domenech I Montaner. Red brick the roof is crowned by a strange construction of iron and barbed wire — the creation of the Tapies called "Cloud and chair".
Since 1984 in the building exhibited some of the work of tàpies, were exhibitions of emerging artists, and workshops on art and worked as an art school. After the master's death in 2012, the Fund turned into a Museum and gallery collection was enriched. Today you can see many works of the famous Catalan, from his abstract installations from the "wastes of civilization" to the scandalously famous three-meter sculpture of a sock with a hole on the heel.

Museum of modern art

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Barcelona, Spain
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Angels In the square stands the building of glass and concrete in the modernist style, which is not difficult to guess in his mind, houses the Museum of modern art. In this unusual structure, built by architect Richard Meier and opened in 1995, collected paintings, sculpture and installations by contemporary artists as well as masterpieces of the last century. Halls of galleries with high ceilings, glass floors and whitewashed walls are reminiscent of the plots of science fiction films about cities of the future.
Work exhibited here, are distinguished by boldness, novelty and originality. Why are only laser, luminous paintings and a strange installation made from wire and scrap materials. Lovers of classical music can go directly to the halls, which showcases the work of artists of the mid-twentieth century. The pride of the Museum — paintings by Picasso, Paul Cezanne and Jackson Pollock.
About other attractions and places of interest, read the guide to Barcelona.