Considered by many to be one of the most avant-garde cities of Southern Europe, Barcelona has much to offer in terms of twentieth-century art. Museums in Barcelona exhibit some of the most precious artworks of the most innovative artists of the last century, so a trip to Barcelona is not complete without going to one of the museums that we have selected here for tourists visiting Barcelona.
The Picasso Museum of Barcelona is the center of reference for understanding the formative years of Pablo Ruiz Picasso. Opened to the public in 1963, it has a collection of 4,249 works that make up the permanent collection, and it offers an extensive program of temporary exhibitions. But the Picasso Museum is also a testimony to the brilliant artist’s connection with Barcelona.
Fundació Joan Miró
The Fundació has the most comprehensive public collection of works by Joan Miró, consisting of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, prints, and drawings from all periods of the artist’s career. Miró's work can be seen today in museums and cultural institutions worldwide. It is also possible to see different samples of his art in other sites around Barcelona, such as the spectacular sculpture Mujer y pájaro (Woman and Bird) (1982), located in the Parc de Joan Miró (also known as Parque de l'Escorxador) or pavement of the Pla de l´Os, on the Ramblas. At the airport in Barcelona, the facade of Terminal B features a large ceramic mural, made by Miró in collaboration with Josep Llorens Artigas, that welcomes visitors arriving by plane.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona has an important collection that ranges from the material abstraction of the fifties to European pop art; from the avant-garde of the sixties and seventies to the centrality of the word and poetic experience; from the return of photographic figuration and antiminimalist sculpture of the eighties to younger artists. It includes work by local, national and international artists, especially South American and Eastern countries, and as of recently, it also includes works by artists from North Africa, the Middle East and the Arab world.
Fundació Antoni Tàpies
The Fundació Antoni Tàpies was founded in 1984 by the artist Antoni Tàpies to promote the study and knowledge of modern and contemporary art. Tàpies was one of the world’s leading advocates of informalism after he created his own avant-garde twentieth century art style, in which tradition and innovation are combined, in a style that is abstract but full of symbolism, giving great importance to the material substrate of the work.
Arts Santa Mònica
The Arts Santa Monica, with an open, cross-disciplined viewpoint, becomes a space for the convergence of different creative disciplines: visual arts, performing arts, music, audiovisual, new digital formats, literature, science, thinking, design, architecture, fashion, and cuisine. The building that houses the museum is a former convent dating from 1636, so a visit here is as worthwhile for the building itself, as it is for the art that the building contains.