Barcelona-museums and places

Hola amigos !

Just come back from Barcelona, a city full of charm if you avoid tacky places like Las Ramblas-how can people take pleasure strolling on it , well fighting against the crowd, to see cheap street performers  ? and avoid also the touristy complex around the aquarium by the sea.

I won’t write about Gaudi, despite I love his architecture very much, especially the Guell Park,

casa Battlo and Pedrera. I prefer to give you tips off the tracks, all the guides and books provided in hotels are very good for the classic :

– Gaudi tour

– Miro Foundation

– Picasso Museum…

well this is where there is all the crowd ! But there is so many interesting and quiet places for connoisseurs !

If you like contemporary art, please, visit the beautiful old bookstore transformed into private foundation devoted to famous spanish abstract painter Tapies. Amazing space that emphasizes the great scales.

A very moving documentary about him displayed in a room underground. Very good hanging showing his evolution from figurative art  to abstract non conventional  painting, challenging always academism even abstract ones .

A private foundation not far from it : Sunol, a collector of contemporay art who selects works from his own collection for temporary exhibition. Located on paseig de Gracia,80;  not far from Tapiès foundation. Great spaces too.

We discovered by chance another foundation  : Centre de arts Santa Monica (La Rambla, 7) with a very good exhibition by Pat Andrea, dutch figurativ artist. The subject : Alice in wonderland with great in  situ drawings. That center is also devoted to molecular food  !

Don’ t miss temporary exhibitions in Miro foundation : we saw the swiss punk sylph Pipilotti Rist with video that get you high, lying on lazy cushions displayed in the rooms.

And a kind of project room showing the work of a young sweden iran born artist :  Sirous Namazi.

Amazing black monochrom photographs at first glance that reveals slowly outlines of interior architecture.

+ Don’t miss the excellent MACBA, built by Richard Meier.

If you need classic , old masters , visit Palau Nacional, they rehung rcently their collections. Famous roman and gothic catalan masters, who influenced so much Picasso and Miro are waiting for you. The museum is empty, so peacefull and pleasant to visit !

Then what a surprise to see Zurbaran  and Greco !

The rooms devoted to Modernism are very nice too; without speaking of the ones devoted to Gargallo, Gonzales and Picasso. You’ll enjoy it I’m sure.

Then if you want to come back to minimalism, breath it in Mies van der Rohe pavillion. Definitly, less is more !

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