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Essential museums, monuments, walks, talks and tours in Barcelona

Upcoming festivals and major events

It's not just about Sónar and Primavera Sound. For an unforgettable year of music, art and cultural experiences, follow Time Out's guide to festivals and events. The coming months promise an endless array of events showcasing the best in Catalan and international culture - from hip hop and documentary filmmaking to religious and traditional celebrations. Plan your year here.

This week and beyond

Renova la Roba clothing exchange

  • Free

From November 10 to 30 there are 25 clothing exchange points set up around Barcelona. Clothing exchanges allow us to reuse, share and consume responsibly. The initiative is sponsored by local organisations, associations and municipal facilities with the support of the Ajuntament city government. Remember, clothing should be clean, with no holes, stains or other damage. Check the Ajuntament website for the exchange point nearest you.

  1. Various venues
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Sun Nov 30
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World Press Photo 14

The 10th edition of the World Press Photo international exhibition, organized by the Photographic Social Vision Foundation, sets up once again in the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) with the 130 photos that have won this prestigious international photojournalism award. This year, the selection includes four winners from Barcelona: Pau Barrena, 3rd prize for singles in the category of Observed Portraits; and the team of David Airob, David Ramos and José Bautista, who won third prize in the category of Short Feature in the Multimedia section of the contest. This edition of the contest featured 5,754 photographs, of which 254 came from Spanish photographers, and included the participation of 123 different nationalities.

  1. CCCB. Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona Montalegre, 5, El Raval, 08001
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Sun Dec 7
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On the Table. Ai Weiwei

  • Free

This exhibition has been designed by Ai Weiwei himself especially for the Virreina Centre de la Imatge as a way to get to know the body of work in the artist's long career, from his beginnings in New York in the 1980s until today, making him the most well-known and influential dissident Chinese artist in the world. An activist and a celebrity, Ai's work merges with his militancy in denouncing the lack of freedom in China, while at the same time appearing at major events and in contemporary art collections. The exhibition explores strategies of approach and intervention on reality through images. From an artistic practice that includes photography and documentary film, sculpture, design and architecture, Ai's images are operations that transcend formats and disciplines, infiltrating and circulating through social networks and related areas of popular culture. In addition to several key works to get you deeper into the artist's oeuvre, La Virreina will also present previously unseen works, new productions and an installation conceived by Ai Weiwei specifically for this show.

  1. Virreina Centre de la Imatge La Rambla, 99, El Raval, 08001
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Sun Feb 1
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Gènesi. Sebastião Salgado

  • Rated as: 3/5

Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado presents 'Genesis', a work carried out over eight years of exploring the origins of the world. On a trip to Minas Gerais, to his native Brazil, Salgado was reunited with the deforested land and, along with his wife Lélia Wanick Salgado, decided to restore the rich ecosystem of the farm where he had grown up. This experience was also the start of a series of over 200 black-and-white photographs devoted to landscapes and civilisations that have remained intact and untouched. 'Forty-six percent of the planet is like the day of "Genesis",' says the photographer. 'When I was travelling – on foot, by boat, by plane or balloon – I was also shooting volcanoes, icebergs, deserts and jungles, and I could see that there was a world that hadn't changed over the millennia.' Antarctica; the Falklands; the sanctuaries in Indonesia, Africa and the Kalahari Desert; the landscapes of Alask;a and the Colorado mesa... Salgado takes viewers to vast, remote and silent regions where nature still reigns majestic and fragile, and he pays tribute to 'the splendor of nature'.

  1. CaixaForum Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8, La Font de la Guatlla, 08038
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Sun Feb 8
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The rooftop of Santa Maria del Mar

See Barcelona from a new angle with these guided visits to the rooftop of the city's beautiful Santa Maria del Mar church, inspiration for the best-selling 'The Cathedral of the Sea' novel. The tours take place every hour.

  1. Santa Maria del Mar Plaça Santa Maria, Ciutat Vella
  2. Fri Nov 7 - Thu Dec 31
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The Immaterial Legacy

  • Rated as: 4/5

You know how everyone thinks they can coach their favourite football team better than the actual coach? Well, I'm the same with exhibitions at the MACBA. They're now showing the first of a trilogy where they take a look at the works from the museum's collection from the 1980s, and as I walk among the halls, my inner curator is screaming out, 'No! Man-to-man marking, forget zone defence! ... Kippenberger up front? He’s better on the wing! ... Valldosera is still very green, better loan him out for another season, and so on, and so on.Ah, the '80s, the age of disenchantment. After Kennedy and Pope John XXII,  it was Reagan, John Paul II and the punks. And after the death of the bogeyman, the dictator Francisco Franco, Spain witnessed the birth of modern artistic and cultural institutions. Artists who had once criticised the system would no longer lift a finger without some kind of subsidy…  But the MACBA sees it differently. The collection is the home country, in the form of a handy Kleenex, used in a provocative revision of history. It’s a history with a revolutionary backdrop, in which the working classes armed themselves with dance music, Basque rock, fanzines and appropriation.Organised around familiar themes like 'the sacred and the profane' and 'the body and its inverse', the works on show form the basis of lengthy essays. You can read them or not. And this changes the effect. Carlos Pazos’s installation could be a jumble of references, or a secret semiotic drama, and Hum

  1. MACBA. Museu d'Art Contemporani Plaça dels Àngels, 1, El Raval, 08001
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Mon Jun 1
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Luis Gordillo. Aproximación-aproximándose

  • Free

Luis Gordillo has used and relied on photography throughout his career, first in a functional way, as a model, and later in a more consciously creative way, even as way to search within paintings. In the 1970s, Luis Gordillo employed the means of black-and-white photography to many ends, but perhaps the most important and that which has been remained the longest is the analysis of organic elements in painting, neutralizing and dehumanizing the expression. This exhibition marks a point of growth in Luis Gordillo's photographic work, in which the artist seeks to create a space where painting and photography converse and interact. Gordillo is still interested primarily in painting as a physical question; however, the technical intervention of photography creates a dialectical tension, a mental space in which to grow.

  1. Joan Prats Balmes, 54, Eixample, 08007
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Fri Dec 12
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