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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

August Sander. Gent del segle XX
August Sander. Gent del segle XX
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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'Quappi amb suèter rosa', de Max Beckmann. Museu Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
© Max Beckmann, VEGAP
Art

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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Malenconia I (1514)
© Albrecht Dürer
Art

Dürer, Renaissance master

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Some 70 old master prints by German Renaissance master Albrecht Dürer are on display in Barcelona in an exhibition that spans three spaces in the Barri Gòtic. The works help you discover the artist, a great illustrator and printer who took on a wide range of themes: religious scenes, mythology, portraits and social and political commentary. They also give you a sense of the time he was working and show the importance of bankers and the role of the church in the building of Europe. Highlights among the pieces include the engravings that depict Maximilian's 'Great Triumphal Car', and also 'Malencolia I'. The exhibition is on simultaenously at the Reial Cercle Artístic, the Cathedral and the Museu Diocesa.

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

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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Nena pentinant-se (Madrid, 1958)
Nena pentinant-se (1958) © Hereus de Gabriel Cualladó
Art, Photography

Essential Cualladó

icon-location-pin La Pedrera, Dreta de l'Eixample
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La Pedrera hosts this complete anthology of the work of Gabriel Cualladó (Massanassa, Valencia, 1925 – Madrid, 2003), who has been acknowledged as one of the leading figures in the movement to renew Spanish photography in the second half of the 20th century. His work exudes a personality of its own and stands out from the oeuvres of his peers because it imbues the sad reality of the post-war years with humanism and comprises a universe steeped in lyricism.

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Antoni Tàpies. Certeses sentides
Art

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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August Sander. Gent del segle XX
Art

August Sander. People of the 20th century

icon-location-pin Virreina Centre de la Imatge, El Raval
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This is the biggest solo exhibition of works by the renowned German photographer August Sander (Herdorf, 1876 – Cologne, 1964), as well as one of the most exhaustive reviews to date in all of Europe, with the exception of Germany. In addition to the 184 photographs organized according to Sander's typological schemes, a series is also on show that's rarely been exhibited before that shows images of gestures, looks and bodily postures of some of the people portrayed.

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Lina Bo Bardi
© Lina Bo Bardi
Art

Lina Bo Bardi

icon-location-pin Fundació Joan Miró, Sants - Montjuïc
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For architect Lina Bo Bardi, drawing was a primordial way of expressing herself, and in her archives in São Paulo, there are close to 6,000 of these works. This small exhibition brings togeter some 100 images of her drawings, and more of her building work and activity as a designer. In the words of the curator, 'In the face of the loss of skill in hand drawing in the arts in general and architectural practice in particular, Lina Bo Bardi's drawings continue to be an always refreshing discovery of the permanent importance and value of free and authentic thought and of skilled and learned hands.'

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