This month's top exhibitions
Ten art exhibitions you won't want to miss in Barcelona's museums and galleries
Open your eyes to architecture
It's not all about Gaudí and Modernisme... Barcelona is an endless architectural showcase
Museums: Free Sundays
The MNAC, the Picasso Museum and more are on the house the first Sunday of every month
Outdoor art in Barcelona
Look around! Some of Barcelona's best works of art, architecture and gardens are out in the open
Barcelona's best museums
Consider this your cultural bucket list
What's on • Art exhibitions
Teatre proletari de cambra
With just three novels published in his life, Osvaldo Lamborghini (Buenos Aires 1940 – Barcelona 1985) is considered one of the most singular writers in...
Phonos, 40 years of electronic music in Barcelona
In Barcelona in 1974, J.M. Mestres Quadreny, Andrés Lewin-Richter and Lluís Callejo created the Phonos laboratory, which soon became a pioneering space in...
Alvar Aalto. 1898-1976. Organic architecture, art and design
Retrospective dedicated to the Finnish architect, who was called 'the Magus of the North' by architectural critic Sigfried Giedion. This coproduction between...
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. (read more)
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. (read more)
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. (read more)
Basílica de la Sagrada Família
'Send Gaudí and the Sagrada Família to hell,' wrote Picasso. While it is easy to see how some of the religious clichés of the building and the devotional fervour of its creator might annoy an angry young Cubist, Barcelona's iconic temple still manages to inspire delight in equal measure. Gaudí dedicated more than 40 years (the last 14 of them exclusively) to the project, and is buried beneath the nave. Many consider the crypt and the Nativity façade, which were completed in his lifetime, as the most beautiful elements of the church.
Gaudí's brief for the design of what became Park Güell was to emulate the English garden cities so admired by his patron Eusebi Güell: to lay out a self-contained suburb for the wealthy, but also to design the public areas. (This English influence explains the anglicised spelling of 'Park'.)
No club in football history has achieved what Pep Guardiola's men managed in 2009: six tournaments, six trophies. This 'annus memorabilis' climaxed in December with the FIFA World Club Cup win over Estudiantes, the tactics-obsessed young coach telling his players: 'Lose and you'll still be the best team in the world; win, and you'll be eternal.' Like Guardiola himself, seven of the Champions League-winning XI were formed at FCB's youth system, including Xavi, Iniesta and Lionel Messi.