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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

Christian Marclay. Composicions
Foto: Miquel Coll
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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Picasso, En el nombre del padre, In the name of the father
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In the Name of the Father

icon-location-pin Museu Picasso, Ciutat Vella
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The exhibition 'In the Name of the Father' explores the life and artistic and legacy of Picasso from various expert perspectives, but which all recognise his indisputable genius, and looking into the relationship of contemporary artists to the Picasso's work and influence as an important figure. You'll see works from artists whose works show off their connection to Picasso in order to analyse and celebrate the survival of Picasso in today's art. The selection of some 30 pieces are by artists such as Cristina Lucas, Daniel García-Andújar, Eulalia Valldosera, Miquel Barceló, Pilar Albarracín, Rogelio López Cuenca and Elo Vega, Santiago Sierra, Tania Berta Judith, and the family of flamenco singer Enrique Morente.

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Christian Marclay. Composicions
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Christian Marclay. Compositions

icon-location-pin MACBA. Museu d'Art Contemporani, El Raval
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This is the first exhibition in Spain dedicated to Swiss-American artist Christian Marclay in more than a decade. Currently living in London, Marclay presents a selection of works focused on his sonic compositions, from graphic scores to video installations. Marclay is the author of an extensive corpus that explores the relationship between sound and vision, especially the multiple ways in which sound can be visually manifested. The artist himself has said, 'Music runs through almost everything I do.'

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Feminismes!
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Feminisms!

icon-location-pin CCCB. Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, El Raval
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This exhibition is really two in one: 'The Feminist Vanguard of the '70s'. Works from the Verbund Collection, Vienna' and 'Choreographies of the genre'. The '70s marked a decisive turning point in the feminist movement, and that agitation and the breakthrough art that helped redefine gender roles remain a source of inspiration for modern-day artists. The first exhibition presents 200 works by artists from Europe, North and South America and Asia that help to rewrite the history of art. The second puts the spotlight on current stories, told via some 15 works; feminism has expanded massively over the past 50 years, with the concept of gender as the focus.

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Sota la mirada dels fotògrafs. Picasso als seus tallers
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Under the Photographer's Eye. Picasso in his workshops

icon-location-pin Museu Picasso, Ciutat Vella
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'Under the Photographer's Eye. Picasso in his workshops' is an exhibition that immerses us into the universe of Pablo Picasso through photography, with images so diverse that we see all facets of a creator who was not only a painter but also an author, a model, a witness and a spectator of his own work and life. This photographic stroll from workshop to workshop attempts to convey the multidisciplinary richness of Picasso’s work, where experimentation was top priority, regardless of the technique used.

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Robert Mangold. Plano curvo / Figura XI, 1995
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Painting. A permanent challenge

icon-location-pin CaixaForum, La Font de la Guatlla
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This exhibition brings together an important selection of works from the 'La Caixa' Contemporary Art Collection, and examines the concept of painting and its ability to reinvent itself. The show explores painting as a mental process, an abstract idea that expands from the canvas to other media such as photography, sculpture, engraving or installation. It brings together works by artists who renewed painting in the '60s and '70s, along with those from a younger generation who pushed back the limits of this discipline and reinvented new formulas of production and presentation: Robert Ryman, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Wolfgang Tillmans, Robert Mangold, Ignasi Aballí, Ángela de la Cruz, Ruben Guerrero, Günther Förg, Jessica Stockholder, Juan Uslé and Richard Tuttle.

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Antoni Tàpies. Certeses sentides
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Antoni Tàpies. Profound certainty

icon-location-pin Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Dreta de l'Eixample
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The Antoni Tàpies Foundation presents a block of work by Antoni Tàpies done in 1991. The artist produced a series of works in Barcelona on synthetic textile mats that he used to cover and protect his studio floor while he painted. Manuel J. Borja-Villel, the then-director of the Foundation's museum, selected some of these to exhibit under the title 'Profound certainty'. Twenty-eight years later, the Foundation is showing this block of work in its entirety, including pieces that have not been exhibited before, and accompanying it with a series of bronze and chamotte clay sculptures from the same period.

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Joan Miró. Gaudí XX, 1979
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Miró-Gaudí-Gomis

icon-location-pin Fundació Joan Miró, Sants - Montjuïc
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This exhibition shows the influence of Catalan modernist architect Antoni Gaudí on the work of Joan Miró through the set of prints called 'Gaudi Series' – 21 pieces of various sizes featuring fantastic characters Miró used in order to pay tribute to Gaudí in the mid-1970s. The exhibition is completed with a series of photographs by Joaquim Gomis (Barcelona, 1902-1991), a prominent photographer and friend of Joan Miró.

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Cascade, by Yunchul Kim (English)
Photo: Rob Battersby
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Quantum

icon-location-pin CCCB. Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, El Raval
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Scientists and artists have plenty in common, including active imaginations and a nearly insatiable curiosity. Both, in some way, also share a common goal, which is to understand the mystery of life. This exhibition is structured as a dialogue among ten projects by artists who have spent time at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva and nine laboratory research projects that report the history and current affairs of physics and quantum mechanics. At the entrance, a piece that defies the laws of traditional physics invites the public to leave all prejudices outside the room. This is a new way of understanding the world in which chance – which science has denied until recently – has a fundamental role, and simultaneity – that a phenomenon occurs at the same time in two time-spaces – is possible. 

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Richard Learoyd A la manera de Ingres, 2011
© Richard Learoyd. Cortesía del artista y Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
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Richard Learoyd. The Silence of the Camera Obscura

icon-location-pin Fundación Mapfre, Dreta de l'Eixample
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This exhibition covers the last ten years of work by British contemporary artist and photographer Richard Learoyd. His photographs in both colour and black and white are the result of an artistic process with a camera obscura he built himself. His work, which has its roots in the past, features multiple references to the history of painting, both in terms of techniques as well as themes.

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Renau. El combat per una nova cultura
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Renau. The fight for a new culture

icon-location-pin El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria, Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera
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The Born Cultural and Memorial Centre presents this exhibition dedicated to the Valencian artist Josep Renau (1907-1982), the largest in Catalonia to date. Painter, poster artist, muralist, Renau is a key figure of combative art who played a principal role in the introduction of the new avant-garde in Spain. The work of this versatile artist is marked by innovative language and bold use of photomontage.

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