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Art in Barcelona: must-see exhibitions

Art exhibitions you won't want to miss in Barcelona's museums and galleries

© Centre Pompidou, Paris Musée national d'art moderne. Successió Pablo Picasso, VEGAP

Calling all lovers of painting, photography, sculpture, and art in general: this is your Time Out selection of the best exhibitions on in Barcelona's museums and galleries.

Cubism and War. The Crystal in the Flame

Paris during the First World War: the anguish and pain caused by the conflict contributed to the development of a certain aesthetic linked to avant-garde movements, and the emergence of cubism. This exhibition, which brings together some 70 works created between 1913 and 1919, shows the visual testimony of Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris and Diego Rivera, foreign residents in France who weren't involved in the military, as well as other non-enlisted artists. There is also focus on the career of two cubist artists who survived the war, Georges Braque and Fernand Léger.

Museu Picasso , Ciutat Vella Tuesday January 17 2017 - Sunday January 29 2017

Un Thyssen mai vist (Unseen Thyssen)

To coincide with the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, which will be celebrated in 2017, Barcelona's CaixaForum hosts this selection of 62 works (with 8 paintings that are usually part of the MNAC's Thyssen collection) that, as the name implies, are on show outside of Madrid for the first time since the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection was acquired by Spain in 1993. The exhibition includes works by Fra Angelico, Bellini, Brueghel, Rubens, Rembrandt, Canaletto, Cézanne, Pissarro, Picasso, Chagall and Hopper, among others.

CaixaForum , La Font de la Guatlla Until Sunday February 5 2017

Endgame: Duchamp, chess and the avant-gardes

Chess as a leitmotif to understand modern art. Curated by Manuel Segade, this exhibition starts off with Marcel Duchamp and tells the story of the avant-gardes up to the first appearances of conceptual art, including big names in 20th-century art such as Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinski, Man Ray and Max Ernst, among others.

Fundació Joan Miró , Sants - Montjuïc Tuesday January 17 2017 - Sunday January 22 2017

Antoni Miralda

Catalan Antoni Miralda is renowned as a food artist, a specialisation he's developed since the 1970s (coinciding with a move to the US) that studies food and its different impacts on societies across the world. His creations tend to be large-scale and this show will feature 14 of the projects he's undertaken in the States. Sculptures, drawings, photographs, visual recordings, sketches and other materials will feature, enabling visitors to witness how Miralda uses food to explore themes of nature and economics, as well as examining our changing relationship to food and its usage.

MACBA. Museu d'Art Contemporani , El Raval Until Sunday April 30 2017

Camins encontrats ('Found Paths'). Joan Rabascall: Works 1975 & 2012)

The project 'Camins encontrats' ('Found Paths') aims to bring together two works from different times by one artist, and through this exhibition and dialogue to discover and delve into questions about art that arise as a result. In the first of two shows, you'll see two opposing works by Joan Rabascall, 'Franco hace deporte – Autopistas Concesionaria Española S.A.' (1975), and 'From the Big Bang to Big Brother' (2012). Putting one in front of the other lets viewers compare two positions, two situations, two moments that highlight fundamental questions of Rabascall’s artistic practice, while placing them in the new context amplifies views and questions about them. Both works, despite the technical and stylistic differences, denounce the excesses and hypocrisy of consumerist ideology, making use of the same procedures and languages ​​through which it perpetuates itself: the mass media. With this phenomenon, Rabascall’s work makes a statement about the emancipatory role of art.

Fundació Suñol , Dreta de l'Eixample Until Saturday March 18 2017

MACBA Collection 31

This exhibition is part of the MACBA Collection series that finishes up with a cycle of itineraries that encompasses three areas: experience, time and conflict. The 85 works created by 50 artists between 1959 and 2014 question the various forms of conflict in the world today, and reflect on the relationship of art with itself and its ability to challenge reality. The most spectacular work is the installation 'Entrevendo, 1970-1994' ['Glimpsing'] (2013) by Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles, which is a giant wooden funnel with a fan that blows a spiral of hot air. Before you enter the smaller end of the funnel, you're given two pieces of ice – one is spiral-shaped and sweet, and one is curved and salty. You walk through the funnel toward its larger end as the ice pieces melt in your mouth. There are also pieces that look right at you, like '100 Jahre' ['100 Years'] (2001) by Hans-Peter Feldman, which features 101 portraits of people from ages eight weeks to 100 years old, all centred in the frame. And golden oldies like 'Corpo d'aria' ['Body of Air'] (1959-1960) by Piero Manzoni. Ethical, poetic... and a bit of fetishism.

MACBA. Museu d'Art Contemporani , El Raval Until Sunday June 4 2017

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