Barcelona has been the acknowledged centre of Mediterranean of art for many years.
The MNAC, the MACBA, the CCCB, are only the most famous and frequented of the over 100 museums scattered throughout the city’s 10 districts.
Painting, sculpture, photography, science, maths, history; in Barcelona there is a exhibition scene for every passion or intellectual curiosity.
There is something to suit all preferences and all ages.
MNAC. The National Museum of Arts of Catalonia
The National Museum of Arts of Catalonia, popularly known as the MNAC, set in the heart of Montjuic Hill, is one of the largest and most prestigious museums in the city. Inaugurated in 1972, the MNAC offers exhibitions of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque art and the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection with works by Monet, Van Gogh, Tintoretto, El Greco, as well as modern art.
At the end of this long inmersion in art, we could take a nice cool walk around the MNAC rooftop viewpoint. A great experience offering breathtaking views of the city skyline!
A visit to the MNAC takes a good deal of energy, so what better excuse for enjoying our guided tour: High up on the slopes of Montjuic.
The museum of modern art, more commonly known as the MACBA is in downtown Barcelona and boasts a collection and exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.
Macba. Museu d’Art Contemporani
If you’re used to being soft-soaped by eager-to-please art centres, you’ll have to adjust to the cryptic minimalism of the MACBA, where art is taken very seriously indeed. Yet if you can navigate the fridge-like interior of Richard Meier’s enormous edifice, accept that much of the permanent collection is inaccessible to the uninitiated, tackle shows that flutter between the brilliant and baffling, and, most important, are prepared to do your reading, a trip to the MACBA can be extremely rewarding. Since its inauguration in 1995, the MACBA has transformed itself into a power player on the city’s contemporary arts scene. Its bookshop is fantastic for quirky gifts and artist design objects.
It’s open every day and thought CCCB – a fantastic experiment turned into a veritable institution for contemporary art.
Screenings, concerts and festivals, this is a place just waiting to be discovered in this changing quarter of el Raval on the west side of la Rambla.
Visit one of the many museums to be found throughout the city. Don’t miss!!