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The best theatre, art exhibitions, comedy and performing arts in Barcelona

Top art exhibitions right now
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Top art exhibitions right now

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

Masterpieces at the CaixaForum
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Masterpieces at the CaixaForum

Get to know works of art that help form the character of the CaixaForum

Quirky museums
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Quirky museums

Find curiosities and oddities in museums to fascinate and intrigue

Gaudí Barcelona
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Gaudí Barcelona

See the modernisme king's unique style in these architectural wonders

10 top museums outside Barcelona
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10 top museums outside Barcelona

Take a break from the city and visit amazing museums just a few kilometers from Barcelona

Critics' choice • Essential museums

Museu Picasso

Museu Picasso

What is it? It's the Picasso Museum! The permanent collection features nearly 4,000 pieces, mainly showing off young Pablo's formative years in art school, and his time later hanging out with Catalonia's fin-de-siècle avant-garde.Why go? For the unbeatable seamless presentation of the artist's development from adolescent portraits to the intense innovations of his Blue Period; the gallery of mature Cubist paintings; and the inspired temporary exhibitions. Top tip: Queues can be punishingly long; visit at lunch or shortly before the last entry, or buy your tickets in advance online.

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MNAC: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

MNAC: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

What is it? The National Art Museum of Catalonia, where you can get an excellent overview of Catalan art spanning from the 12th to the 20th centuries.Why go? For the impressive Romanesque collection with 'rescued' 10th-century murals, the fantastic gothic collection, and the uniquely Catalan, Modernista collection. Plus, once you've climbed the steps up to the former castle, you've earned that stunning view of the city below.

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Fundació Joan Miró

Fundació Joan Miró

What is it? Josep Lluís Sert designed one of the greatest museum buildings in the world specifically for his friend Joan Miró, which beautifully intertwines art and architecture, and houses a massive art collection, including all of Miró's graphic work.Why go? In addition to the permanent collection showing off Miró's trademark use of primary colours and simplified organic forms, the outdoor sculpture gallery is a feast for the senses in itself, where, as a bonus, you're surrounded by the nature of Parc de Montjuïc.

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MACBA. Museu d'Art Contemporani

MACBA. Museu d'Art Contemporani

What is it? Richard Meier's hulking white behemoth of a museum signified a grand turnaround in the fortunes of the Raval neighbourhood, and still shines as a beacon of modernity outside as well as in.Why go? It houses the city's main collection of contemporary art (which, in this instance means 'post World War I'), and while its permanent holdings focus on Catalan and Spanish artists, temporary exhibitions have a more international flavour. Top tip: Watch out for (or join in with) the skateboarders in the square out front who have made it their second home.

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Fundació Antoni Tàpies
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Fundació Antoni Tàpies

What is it? Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies set up this space dedicated to the study and appreciation of contemporary art in 1984. Nowadays it's a cultural centre and museum dedicated to Tàpies's work and life.Why go? To admire the building's tangled crown of aluminium piping and metal netting outside; and inside, works by Tàpies, whose thing in the 1950s was using waste paper, mud and rags as part of his paintings (later he moved up to include the likes of whole pieces of furniture and running water).

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Basílica de la Sagrada Família
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Basílica de la Sagrada Família

'Send Gaudí and the Sagrada Família to hell,' wrote Picasso

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Park Güell
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Park Güell

The design of what became Park Güell was to emulate the English garden cities

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La Pedrera
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La Pedrera

Described as rising dough, molten lava and a stone lung, Casa Milà has no straight lines

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Camp Nou
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Camp Nou

Seven of the Champions League-winning XI were formed at FCB's youth system

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