On February 12, Barcelona celebrates one of her co–patron saints, Santa Eulàlia, with open doors at some of the city's museums and galleries where you can get in and see some great art for free.
At the Tàpies Foundation, you can mull over some 60 works from the collections of Anthony Denney and Daniel Cordier, from Les Abattoirs in Toulouse. Discover what art critic Michel Tapié called 'other art', as well as the gestural and material painting that drove the upper classes wild in the 1950s. While you're there, take the time to visit the selection of Antoni Tàpies's own works from the Foundation's collection, focusing on the decade between 1955 and 1965.
The CCCB hosts + Humans, an exhibition dedicated to the future of the human race where questions are posed as to whether we need to (or not) improve our species wth emerging technologies, and our cultural and ethical context. (From 11am to 8pm.)
We also recommend taking in Espècies d'espais at the MACBA. Frederic Montornés has chosen some of his artistic inspirations to put on an exhibition you can experience with all the senses, and one inspired by the text of Georges Pérec. (From 10am to 7.30pm.)
Another great option is heading up Montjuïc to see the permanent collection at the incredible Joan Miró Foundation, wander around the terrace of the Sert building, or head down to Espacio 13, where Sofía Hulten offers stories about objects. (From 10am to 6pm.)
The MNAC is also nearby and is showing off three very different painting exhibitions: Baroque still lifes, the illustrations of Xavier Gosé who captured life and fashion in early-20th-century Paris, and the reinterpretation of Romanesque portraits by America Sanchez.
The Picasso Museum also celebrates Santa Eulalia with free admission, so it's a great day to vist (or revisit) the permanent collection and see a young Picasso's early work.
Get a bit more fashion in your day as well at the Design Museum, with Distinction, which groups together works by some of the biggest fashion photographers in Catalonia. (From 10am to 8pm.)