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Top art exhibitions in Barcelona right now

These are the art exhibitions on in Barcelona's museums and galleries that you won't want to miss
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© Giuseppe Dall'Arche
By Aina Mercader, Ricard Mas and Eugènia Sendra |
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Calling all lovers of painting, photography, sculpture, and art in general: we know one of the biggest things to do in Barcelona for you is to check out the best exhibitions on in the city right now. This is our selection of what you won't want to miss in Barcelona's museums and galleries.

Barcelona's best art exhibitions

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'2001. Una odissea de l'espai', de Stanley Kubrick
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Stanley Kubrick

icon-location-pin CCCB. Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, El Raval
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This collection of Stanley Kubrick’s research and production documents, scripts, letters, stills, tools, costumes, props, cameras and lenses he so efficiently and meticulously conserved provides insight into the works of a filmmaker renowned for his innovative ideas and use of special effects. You can also discover projects that never came to fruition, and have a look into Kubrick's youth and his career as a photographer. This is complete study of a meticulous and controversial artist, who told us stories of vanity, fragility and destruction of the individual.

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'El príncipe Baltasar Carlos, a caballo'. © Velázquez. Museu del Prado
Velázquez. Museu del Prado
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Velázquez and the Golden Age

icon-location-pin CaixaForum, La Font de la Guatlla
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In this new collaboration between the CaixaForum and the Museo del Prado in Madrid, the spotlight is on Diego Velázquez as one of the top Spanish painters. You can behold works like 'Felipe IV', 'Juan Martínez Montañés', 'Aesop', 'Bufón con libros', 'Equestrian Portrait of Prince Balthasar Charles', 'Mars' and 'Adoration of the Magi', as well as works by other exceptional contemporaries, from Ribera to Zurbarán, and Tiziano to Rubens.

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© Seydou Keïta, Retrato sin título, 1952-58
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Structures of Identity. The Walther Collection

icon-location-pin Foto Colectania,
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This exhibition brings together a selection of photographic works from the German-American Walther Collection. With more than a hundred images from some of the most renowned photographers along with more contemporary artists, the exhibition shows how photographers from different cultures and historical periods have used the power of portraiture to both affirm and question social stereotypes created around the issues of gender, social class and nationality.

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Bermejo. The 15th-century rebel genius

icon-location-pin Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC), Sants - Montjuïc
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This monographic exhibition features the work of Bartolomé de Cárdenas (aka El Bermejo), an exceptional painter from the second half of the 15th century. His work stands out for its extraordinary technique and for its iconographic originality. The exhibition presents 21 oil panel paintings, together with other works by contemporary artists, and it also reveals little-known aspects of the painter behind the 'Pietat Desplà'. El Bermejo's skill in technique and ability to reinterpret themes, always inspired by the Flemish school, opened the door for him to nobility and church leaders. His visual universe would again gain relevance in the late 19th century.

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Autoretrat, de Ramon Casas (1910)
© Ramon Casas
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Ramon Casas

icon-location-pin Gothsland, Eixample
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Gothsland celebrates its 40th anniversary with an exhibition dedicated to Ramon Casas, one of the big names in Catalan modernist art of all time. For the gallery's 25th anniversary in 2003, monographic exhibitions were dedicated to Joaquim Mir, Joan Miró and Ramon Casas, who is now the focus once again. You can admire some 30 of the artist's works, including posters, drawings, oil paintings and a unique collection of tiles, plus Casas's 1902 Renault.

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Oriflama
© Enric Sió
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Liberxina. Pop and New Artistic Behaviour, 1966-1971

icon-location-pin Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC), Sants - Montjuïc
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The exhibition ‘Liberxina’, which takes its title from a censored film by Carlos Duran from the ’60s, about a gas with the same name that, once released into the environment, incites the revolution, aims to dignify the art created during period. Because half a century ago, in the middle of a dictatorship, some artists expressed themselves though pop art, Neo-figuration and psychedelia, having been influenced by international tendencies toward political and cultural freedom and breakdowns. Practices were fused with design, comics and experimental cinema, to address issues such as feminism, anti-capitalism, and opposition to the regime. ‘Liberxina’ the exhibition rediscovers singular figures like Mari Chordà, Aurelia Muñoz, Jordi Galí, among other, shall we say, more classic artists, the likes of Antoni Miralda, Zush / Evru and Carles Santos. Likewise, never-before-exhibited and lesser-known pieces will be on display.

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Torres Garcia al MACBA
© MACBA
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A Short Century: MACBA Collection

icon-location-pin MACBA. Museu d'Art Contemporani, El Raval
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The Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm coined the expression ‘short twentieth century’ to refer to the time between the beginning of the First World War and the fall of the Soviet Union. The MACBA takes us on a chronological journey, via a sample of its vast collection made up of more than 5,000 artworks, that begins in 1929 with the Barcelona International Exposition and carries on through various political, cultural and social events, to the present day. Events such as the Spanish Civil War, the revolts of May 1968, the processes of gentrification in big cities, the feminist struggle, the debates around postcolonialism, and the critique of neoliberalism and globalisation.

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Antoni Tàpies. Biografia política
© Augustin de Valence
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Antoni Tàpies. Political Biography

icon-location-pin Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Dreta de l'Eixample
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We are before an extraordinary set of artworks by Antoni Tàpies from the period 1946-1977; that is, the beginning of his painting career through to the restoration of the Catalan government. Some 70 impressive works set off a rereading of the artist's corpus in the light of the 21st century, and re-create a civic awareness. In the exhibition there are classics worthy of any Tàpies anthology, such as the inks and works alluding to concrete events. There are also gimmicky works that perhaps don't quite withstand the passage of time. But in all of them we can sense his capacity for action and politics.

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'Quappi amb suèter rosa', de Max Beckmann. Museu Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
© Max Beckmann, VEGAP
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Max Beckmann

icon-location-pin CaixaForum, La Font de la Guatlla
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This monographic exhibition is dedicated to Max Beckmann, an important 20th-century artist. Beckmann, who was exiled from his native Germany in 1937, believed that exile was the basic condition of modern man, and that was both evoked in his work and is the central concept of this show. The first part of the exhibition includes his works up to 1937. The second part is divided into four themes: loss of individual identity, imbalance caused by the modern city, exile as a synonym of death, and the sea as a metaphor for infinity.

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'Tycho: Test One', de Paul Friedlander
© Colección Beep de Arte Electrónico
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Our simple relationship with technology

icon-location-pin Disseny Hub Barcelona-Les Glòries, Sant Martí
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Coinciding with Mobile Week Barcelona is this exhibition dedicated to our relationship with technology and its effects on our daily life. The pieces reflect on artificial intelligence, social networks in the media, and the impact of robots – all based on the works of international digital artists. Also on display are four works from the BEEP Collection of Electronic Art, among which is 'Tycho: test one', by Paul Friedlander, who is known for his pieces that connect art and technology.

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