Best museums in Barcelona
The National Museu d’Art de Catalunya is located in the Palau Nacional de Montjuïc, built for the International Exhibition of 1929. In 1934 opened as Museu d’Art de Catalunya, gathering the medieval collection. Later, in 1995, and National Art Museum of Catalunya, new rooms, and Romanesque art were inaugurated successively widens the public presentation of the funds, a process that culminates in 2004 with the new presentation of modern art.
The new Museu del Modernisme opened in 2010. It is housed in a former textile factory in the centre of Barcelona, and offers visitors the chance to enjoy a cultural centre dedicated exclusively to modernista art.
On the 1 December 2001 the Fran Daurel Foundation of Contemporary Art (painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, etc.) opened in Barcelona, within the Poble Espanyol venue, a foundation that has endeavoured to offer a global vision of contemporary art. In this collection, we can appreciate a strong passion for everything that is close, immediate, yet with a commitment to the future.
The Fran Daurel collection consists of several generations of contemporary artists that include a wide range of tendencies and supports that go from abstraction to figurative art and which move within formalism, expressionism, surrealism, hyperrealism, conceptualism, etc. As a way of synthesis, we can distinguish three generations, the first consisting of Picasso, Miró, Oscar Domínguez, Gomez de la Serna, Dali, etc.
CaixaForum, the Museum and Cultural Centre of “La Caixa” Community Projects, is housed in one of Barcelona’s landmark buildings, the Casaramona textile mill, a jewel of industrial modernista architecture designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. It CaixaForum Barcelona opened its doors in 2002, giving a new life to one of Barcelona’s foremost Modernista buildings. This old textile factory, located at the foot of the hill of Montjuïc, was commissioned by the entrepreneur Casimir Casaramona to Josep Puig i Cadafalch, one of the three most representative Catalan architects of Modernism together with Antoni Gaudí and Domènech i Montaner.
The Casa-Museu Gaudí was built in 1904 as a show house in the Park Güell which was originally designed as a garden-city in Barcelona. Gaudí made it his home, and it still contains some of his personal objects and mementoes.
The CCCB, which is housed in the former workhouse building, the “Casa de la Caritat”, is one of the major infrastructures from the 1990s. All its activities focus on the theme of the city and urban phenomena, analysed from every point of view and cultural discipline.
The Fundació Antoni Tàpies is housed in one of Barcelona’s most important modernista landmarks, designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, and showcases one of the largest collections of art works by the Catalan artist.
Antoni Tàpies was born in Barcelona in 1923 into a cultured, middle-class, Catalan nationalist family who, since the 19th century, had been part of a publishing and book-selling tradition that awoke in him an early love of books and reading. That inclination was strengthened over a long convalescence from a lung disease, during which he began his first experiments with art.
He spent an increasing amount of time on drawing and painting and ended up abandoning his law studies to devote himself to them fully.
The Fundació Joan Miró is located in Montjuïc Park in a magnificent Mediterranean-style building designed by Josep Lluís Sert, and houses the most important public collection of works by Joan Miró.
The Fundació Suñol is a private non-profit making organisation which opens to the public Josep Suñol’s contemporary art collection. At the same time, the foundation promotes the encouragement of the production and diffusion of avant-garde art.
Casa Milà, popularly known as ‘La Pedrera’ (the stone quarry), an ironic allusion to the resemblance of its façade to an open quarry, was constructed between 1906 and 1912 by Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). For its uniqueness, artistic and heritage value have received major recognition and in 1984 was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List, for its exceptional universal value.
Nowadays it is the headquarters of Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation and houses a cultural centre that is a reference point in Barcelona for the range of activities it organises and the different spaces for exhibitions and other public uses it contains. Casa Milà today is a beacon shining with creation and knowledge, a great container full of content, which has a crucial role to play in the transformation of society and commitment to the people.
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