When you need an art fix, head to any of Barcelona's art galleries, where you always get in free and you never know what treasures you might find.
Silvia Dauder's penchant for new photography and film is sculpted into subtle, provocative and highly original shows. Limited-edition artists' texts, detailed explanations in English and Silvia's own bilingual talents complement the exhibitions. You'll enter intrigued, but emerge informed. Look out for Patricia Dauder, Pieter Vermeersch and Asier Mendizábal.
The Marlborough galleries of Barcelona and Madrid work in cahoots to coordinate and organise exhibitions of the artists they represent in other galleries and private and public institutions. The Marlborough family of galleries was founded in London in 1946 and won prestige in the 1950s for being the first gallery to show the German Expressionists in London. By 1958 Marlborough was representing such artists as Oskar Kokoschka, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Victor Pasmore and Lucian Freud.In 1962 the New York gallery was opened, followed by Tokyo and Madrid. They also have spaces in Chile, Florida, Monaco, Chelsea and, of course, Barcelona, which was inaugurated in 2006.
Petritxol is a tiny street near the Liceu known for its cafés and chocolate shops, but, despite its size there's room to share with shops and art galleries. One of them is the Galería Trama, set up in 1991 as a complement to Sala Parés and it's dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art. The gallery works with a group of established artists with a solid body of work as well as with emerging local and foreign artists.
ADN started out with the aim of creating a hybrid platform between commercial mediation and cultural contribution to disseminate current artistic trends. The gallery focuses on projects that reflect contextual dynamics, and artists working in the socio-political realm, such as Eugenio Merino, Núria Güell, the collective known as Democracia, and Carlos Aires, among others.
What you'll mainly find in this Eixample gallery is contemporary art in its many facets (the gallery's 175 square metres makes it suitable for most formats). Special attention is dedicated to new artists as well as those with an already established career. Seven or eight individual exhibitions are programmed per year, and the 3 Punts also takes part in international fairs and collaborates with other national and international galleries.
This gallery moved in 2015 from C/ Xucla in Barcelona to its current location in L'Hospitalet. Àlex Nogueras and Rebecca Blanchard have proven themselves adept at talent-spotting: artists Marine Hugonnier and Ignacio Uriarte regularly feature, while Cuban artist Wilfredo Prieto is their 'nom célèbre', having won the Cartier Award in 2008.
Hurrah to local gallery owner and entrepreneur Emilio Álvarez for keeping the Barcelona contemporary art world alive – and its various factions talking to one another. This smart space shows photography and video pieces, and hosts the occasional performance. Nearby Room Service (C/Àngels; 16, 93 302 1016), is dedicated to furniture design, while Álvarez's restaurant Carmelitas shows lo-fi video art at mealtimes (C/Doctor Dou 1, 93 412 4684, www.carmelitasgallery.com).