This month's top exhibitions
Art exhibitions you won't want to miss in Barcelona's museums and galleries
Museums: Free Sundays
The MNAC, the Picasso Museum and more are on the house the first Sunday of every month
Open your eyes to architecture
It's not all about Gaudí and Modernisme... Barcelona is an endless architectural showcase
Find curiosities and oddities in museums to fascinate and intrigue...
Outdoor art in Barcelona
Look around! Some of Barcelona's best works of art, architecture and gardens are out in the open
What's on • Art exhibitions
Luis de Morales. Between the human and the divine
His name may not be as well-known as contemporary El Greco, but Luis de Morales was certainly one of the best Spanish painters of the 16th century. Dubbed...
It's been 30 years since the death of Jacqueline, Pablo Picasso's second wife, muse and key figure in his life as well as in the development of the Picasso...
Andrea Fraser. L'1%, c'est moi
What is it that we want from art? This is the question American artist Andrea Fraser ponders, and in her art she examines the motivations of so many involved...
Anthony McCall: Solid light, performance and public works
New York–based artist Anthony McCall (England, 1946) has always had a real passion for passion and interest in film and performance. This passion...
Critics' choice • Essential museums
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.
MNAC: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
'One museum, a thousand years of art' is the slogan of the National Museum, and the collection provides a dizzying overview of Catalan art from the 12th to the 20th centuries. In recent years the museum has added an extra floor to absorb the section of the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection that was previously kept in the convent in Pedralbes, along with the mainly Modernista holdings from the former Museum of Modern Art in Parc de la Ciutadella, a fine photography section, coins and the bequest of Francesc Cambó, founder of the autonomist Lliga Regionalista, a regionalist conservative party.
Fundació Antoni Tàpies
Antoni Tàpies exploded on to the art scene in the 1950s when he began to incorporate waste paper, mud and rags into his paintings, eventually moving on to the point where his works included whole pieces of furniture, running water and girders. Today, he's Barcelona's most celebrated living artist, and his trademark scribbled and paint-daubed pieces are sought after for everything from wine bottle labels to theatre posters.
This week and beyond
The Barcelona Open Mic & Music Jam
Every week you get a chance to experience talented musicians, singers, comedians, poets, entertainers and more – all in English. The show, which is...
KeyFrame BCN – Video Creators Meeting
This multidisciplinary meet-up and show on creation in video and projected visual arts features talks, demos, workshops, performances, audiovisual concerts,...