On y Va offers an array of bike rental and bicycle tour options in and around Barcelona. They start and finish at their sister outfit, On y Va café, so you can have a coffee or a bite to eat as your guides lay out the plan for the tour. Barcelona 3 Climbs is the perfect ride if you want to get a unique view of Barcelona from the top of Tibidabo mountain. This ride on average is 50 km and takes about two and a half hours to complete, as you climb to 1,670 metres. That said, the pace can be adjusted to any level, as can the length of the circuit, and your guides are happy to accommodate suggestions and requests to make it the best experience for you. You get to see Barcelona in a new way, and get added insights about the city from your guides.
This exhibition embraces Picasso's Impressionist and Symbolist periods, and features pieces from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and the National Picasso Museum–Paris. Works by artists such as Bartholomé, Carrière, Delacroix, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Capiello, Degas, Cézanne, Steinlen and Gauguin, among others, help you to see the impact they had on a young Pablo Picasso during his first two trips to Paris.
This short Secret City Trail across the Barceloneta is a playful and immersive adventure where you can experience this neighbourhood in a different way. You will solve seven cryptic clues via a web app, simply using your unique link (which you receive via text message after payment) in your smartphone’s browser. The clues are in the medium difficulty range, but remember they're set up to help you have fun, not keep you trying to solve something impossible for ages. The trail helps you to discover the secrets of Barceloneta, and includes recommendations for healthy and sustainable spots in the area. The trail starts in front of Boardriders, close to the sign for Sant Miquel beach (which bears marker 18), and as it is self-guided using the app, you and your group can begin anytime between 9am and 5pm any day of the week (it's recommended you don't start too late, as some of the venues may close before you finish). You'll finish approximately 45 to 90 minutes later (though there is no time limit) near the Barceloneta harbour, having explored approximately 1.5 kilometres. The app and all clues and instructions are in English.
This collective exhibition is part of the "la Caixa" Obra Social, which every two years invites young curators with an international background in the field of art to develop their projects, based on the archives of the "la Caixa" Collection and the MACBA Collection. This time, the curator is Alexandra Laudo from Barcelona. One morning in August 1911, in Paris, someone entered the Louvre Museum, picked up the painting 'La Gioconda' and took it without anyone noticing. The exhibition 'Una Certa Foscor' ('A Certain Darkness') takes as a symbolic starting point the black and empty space left behind by the stolen painting to speculate on the question of the eye and the image in relation to the practice of art. It brings together a selection of 14 artworks and documents that explore the ideas of opacity, concealment and absence in the artistic practice, and invites us to think about the how viewers take in art and about the current ways of seeing – and not seeing – images.
We are before an extraordinary set of works by Antoni Tàpies from the period 1946-1977; that is, the beginning of his painting career through to the restoration of the Catalan government. But if you're visiting the exhibition and you don't know anything about the moral and material grayness of the early postwar years, the isolation of a fascist dictatorship that had no qualms about shotting dissidents, or the debate among the intellectuals of the left, about the convenience of socialist realism, the efforts to articulate a civic resistance within the country, then you might not be able to get anything at all out of it. It also doesn't help that there are no explanations in the exhibition room, as they wanted the works to speak for themselves. Some 70 impressive works – like the three cyclopean canvases that showed at the Kassel 'Documenta III' in 1964, regrouped for the first time since then – that set off a rereading of the artist's corpus in the light of the 21st century, and re-create a civic awareness: Tàpies is a creator who, in 1958, achieved international success. Must he, then, become a type of role model and contribute to the materialisation of a more just and democratic society? In the exhibition there are classics worthy of any Tàpies anthology, such as the inks in the 'Natural History Series' (1950-1951), 'Metal door and violin' (1956), and the figurative and not very pleasing 'Nu' (1966). There are also works alluding to concrete events: 'November 7' (1971), the
Charlotte Salomon's life was short but intense, marked by love, death and a family history of suffering. Art was a refuge where she could overcome the past and come to terms with a present that saw her being deported to Auschwitz, where she would die in 1943. The Monastir de Pedralbes, continuing its commitment to resarch and disseminating information on silenced women, gives a voice to this Jewish artist and the time she lived in, with some of the 782 gouaches that make up her 'Life? Or theatre?'
This Secret City Trail across Barcelona’s Old City is a playful and immersive adventure where you can experience the city in a different way. You will solve 11 cryptic clues via a web app, simply using your unique link (which you receive via text message after payment) in your smartphone’s browser. The clues range in difficulty from easy to medium – they're set up to help you have fun, not keep you trying to solve something impossible for ages. As you follow the trail, you discover the secrets of the Barri Gòtic, seeing well-known sights from a different point of view and being guided to lesser-known spots. The trail starts in front of the fountain on Plaça Reial, and as it is self-guided using the app, you and your group can begin anytime between 10am and 5pm any day of the week except Monday (it's recommended you don't start too late, as some of the venues may close before you finish). You'll finish approximately one to two and a half hours later (though there is no time limit) near Plaça Comercial, having explored approximately two kilometres. The app and all clues and instructions are in English.
This Secret City Trail across Barcelona’s Gràcia is a playful and immersive adventure where you can experience the neighbourhood in a different way. You will solve 11 cryptic clues via a web app, simply using your unique link (which you receive via text message after payment) in your smartphone’s browser. The difficulty level of the clues is medium – remember that they're set up to help you have fun, not keep you trying to solve something impossible for ages. As you follow the trail, you discover hidden gems in Gràcia, as well as popular and historic squares, and lovely, narrow streets. Also included are Secret City Trails' recommendations for favourite shops, cafés, bars and terraces in the area. The trail starts in the Jardinets de Gràcia (offically called Jardins de Salvador Espriu) – near the statue of the two women – and as it is self-guided using the app, you and your group can begin anytime between 10am and 5pm any day of the week except Sunday (it's recommended you don't start too late, as some of the venues may close before you finish). You'll finish approximately one and a half to three hours later (though there is no time limit) in a central square in Gràcia, having explored approximately three kilometres. The app and all clues and instructions are in English.
Are you a fan of the show 'Supernatural'? Do you find those tests for colour blindness irresistibly pleasing? Do you say no to smoking joints but you love a bit of ayahuasca now and then? Then 'Black Light' is the exhibition for you!You can take this exhaustive exhibition at face value, as its title indicates, 'Secret traditions in art since the 1950s', or you can wind your way through the corridors of the CCCB as if you were in a supermarket that sells esoteric, psychedelic, alter-anthropological and highly countercultural art.The show, arranged in a more or less chronological order, features incredibly intriguing pieces by renowned artists such as Barnett Newman, Agnes Martin, Henri Michaux, Antoni Tàpies, Joan Ponç, Zush (now Evru), Joseph Beuys, and Frencesco Clemente, and experimental cinematographers such as Harry Smith, Jordan Belson, Derek Jarman and Alejandro Jodorowsky. There are also finds like the self-taught and solitary Forrest Bess, a Texan fisherman obsessed with hermaphroditism; diagrams by the father of anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner; excellent paintings by William S. Burroughs, one of the original members of the Beat generation; and the extravagant Sun Ra, a pioneer of the improvisation jazz collective. Be dazzled by Brion Gysin's 'The Dream Machine', an apparatus that projects stroboscopic light and, if you're patient enough, you might experience a kind of hallucination. Gysin is known for having come up with the cut-up technique, cutting texts into strips
The multidisciplinary festival of contemporary art Kronos Arts BCN comes to Arts Santa Mónica from October 18 to 28. Kronos explores the passage of time from an artistic point of view, via works by national and international artists who represent the past, present and future of art. You'll find pieces by Andy Warhol, Antoni Tàpies, Francis Bacon, Georges Braque, Joan Miró, Karel Appel, Man Ray, Salvador Dalí, Anne Roig, Banksy, Befaco, Boris Hoppek, Btoy, Dave Cooper, Gino Rubert and Miss Van, among many more.On October 18, 19, 20, 21 and 27, the festival offers a good programme of free activities, including workshops, concerts, live paintings and performances.