Sala Parés is the oldest running art gallery in Barcelona, and it was also the first to open in all of Spain. Joan Baptista Parés first opened its doors in 1840 as a fine art shop, and then it debuted as a gallery in 1877. One of the peculiarities of the building is that it has two large exhibition spaces with natural light, just as it was designed more than 130 years ago. These are where most of the individual art exhibitions take place. In the third and smaller space, the gallery displays works of the most important Spanish artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.
In 1991, contemporary art gallery Galeria Trama opened in the same street, sharing an address with the Sala Parés. More recently the entire space started operating only as Sala Parés, and features figurative and realistic paintings as well as other contemporary works that span disciplines, such as sculpture, photography, video art and other hybrid styles.