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The European Museum of Modern Art, the MEAM, located in a Baroque building of the 18th century (Palau Gomis), is offering more than contemporary figurative art. A series of activities related to music is planned throughout the year, to enjoy a different kind of program.
Every Friday evening, the museum is filled with music. The Friday's Blues cycle offers the possibility of enjoying a concert of bluegrass blues, swing and jazz. Bands bring their instruments to accompany the works and fill the museum with music for visitors to enjoy. Saturday evenings are reserved for classical music. The concerts usually start at half-past five and include an afternoon snack.
Before the concerts, you can visit the collection exhibiting the best of contemporary figurative art. This is a feature of MEAM and highlights it from other contemporary art museums.
It dates back to over half a century and can boast that it offers live music 356 days a year. The Sala Jamboree is the Barcelona temple of jazz par excellence, where great legends and young promises of jazz have played. Figures like Bill Coleman, Kenny Drew, Chet Baker, Ponny Poindexter, Art Farmer, Lou Bennet, Stéphan Grappelli, Kenny Clarke, Cecil Taylor, Elvin Jones, Steve Grossman and Al FosGordon have all been on stage. All styles are represented, from vanguard to Dixieland passing through bop, fusion, vocal jazz, mainstream, nu-jazz, tango-jazz, flamenco jazz and Latin jazz, without forgetting other Afroamerican styles such as blues and gospel. This venue is a cultural benchmark of Barcelona, which won the Gold Medal of the city. Check it out every day at 8 pm or at 10 pm.
A large area, totally free of traffic, with different places to explore, most of them in the open air. That’s the Poble Espanyol de Barcelona, an iconic visitor attraction in the heart of Montjuïc. Every Sunday, there’s a different activity: theatre, dance, music, magic, treasure hunts, etc. Throughout the year there are loads of activities to ensure you have a great day out with the family: Carnival, a Giants’ Parade, a Puppet Festival, the Click and Go Fair, the Main Festival, the Medieval Fair, Christmas at the Poble, Halloween... and new additions, including a fantastic flower festival and Midsummer Eve party tailored to all the family. In short, a wide range of activities for all the family.
Listen to some of the finest guitarists of the moment in the unparalleled setting of the Church of Santa Ana, a 12th century Gothic edifice at the heart of Barcelona. In its 15th century cloister you can taste a specially selected wine for the occasion in the company of the performing artists.
We invite you to come and enjoy a superlative selection of music in one of the most unique and beautifully-preserved venues in Barcelona. In such an intimate atmosphere, these Spanish guitar concerts will give you a closer insight into the world's most acclaimed composers and performers.
Discover this unique house, its designer and the legend that brings them together.
A "large Gothic castle" standing in the middle of Barcelona's Avinguda Diagonal catches the eye of any visitor to the city. The "Casa de les Punxes" (House of Spikes) is really a residential block built in the shape of medieval castle which is one of the most recognisable modernista landmarks on the Barcelona skyline.
A unique opportunity to delve into a fantastical world of knights, princesses and dragons. You'll also be able to visit the rooftop and enjoy amazing views of the city!.
Although the Fundación Mapfre opened its Barcelona exhibition venue (in the modernista building Casa Garriga i Nogués) in autumn 2015, it has already welcomed a stunning selection of artworks to this city centre site in its various shows to date: paintings by the likes of Renoir, Van Gogh and Matisse, and photos from Bruce Davidson and Hiroshi Sugimoto.
Now it hosts the world premiere of a retrospective of US photographer Peter Hujar. For 30 years, he captured numerous images of New York City's creative community, of which he was a key figure; his black-and-white shots include friends like Susan Sontag and William Burroughs. Through his explorations of what such portraits could achieve, Hujar sought to reveal the truth of the person in front of the camera, and some of his most famous photos feature drag queen Candy Darling on her death bed. While he published just one book and died young, his singular images, of which some 160 are on show here, continue to captivate.
Arriving from a four-month run at London's National Portrait Gallery, where it was variously described by critics as 'must-see', 'lively and engrossing' and a celebration 'of his general greatness', this exhibition focuses on the Spanish artist's portrait work, one of the foundations of his career throughout his life but that went through constant change and evolution. It includes more than 80 artworks where the protagonists are Picasso's family, friends and lovers (while past explorations of his portraits tended to focus on women, this one features a good number of male as well as female subjects), and covers the numerous stages his creativity went through and the varied approaches he took to portraiture, such as realism, classical style and caricature. The show also explores Picasso's rejection of standard Western ideas of portrait, his reaction to the expanding art of photography, and how he was influenced, both as subject matter and technique, by the Old Masters.
Lebanese photographer and film-maker Akram Zaatari is one of the four creators of the Arab Image Foundation (AIF), an organisation set up in Beirut 20 years ago to archive photographic material from the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab Diaspora. It's an ongoing project driven forward by artist and scholar-led undertakings; so far, it has collected some 600,000 images from countries including Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Mexico and Senegal. However, this show at the MACBA is not a history of the AIF or a celebration for its 20th anniversary (although it does look at how the AIF has evolved new practices of collecting photographs as an artist-led enterprise and its impact on wider society), but rather an exploration of photographic documents and their function in today's world from the perspective of one artist. Zaatari reflects on the different roles that a photo can play, whether it be for describing, remembering or simply looking appealing, while telling stories about people and society.
Barcelona Design Week celebrates is 12 edition.
Barcelona Design Week returns to the city from 6 to 14 June. One of the most important Design Weeks of the international calendar, it is organized by theBCD Barcelona Design Centre. It is the meeting point for companies and professionals of the sector, and an opportunity for the general public interested in creativity.
In this 12 edition, the BDW will have almost 100 activities taking place in different parts of the city. The main stage of activities will once again be the Disseny Hub Building of Barcelona , where the opening ceremony, the congress and the main exhibition will take place, along with other activities.
The program will also include parallel activities, with workshops, talks, exhibitions and other initiatives based on creativity, which will be experienced throughout the city (BDW City).
In this edition, a special Poblenou Design Day will be organized for the first time. This event aims to show the creative potential of the main agents and projects linked to design in the district. Visitors will be able to get to know one of the most charismatic districts of the city, with tours, workshops, exhibitions, presentations or conferences organized, and a festive closing ceremony with music, light and gastronomy.
Under the title, ‘Transforming society’, this year, the aim of the BDW is to put value on design, as a tool to transform society and a key factor of innovation, sustainability and improved life quality for people.
Barcelona will once again experience a week in which design, creativity and innovation will be the star performers.
"One of the most important events in the design sector. I couldn't help learning about innovation and the latest trends. If you're a member of the design community there's nowhere better for co-working."
Hundreds of years after the Ancient Greek period ended, we're still as fascinated as ever with the extraordinary exploits, developments and legends of that time. The literature, sport and theatre, not to mention the political systems and philosophy, continue to resonate today along with many other of its facets. The British Museum in London is renowned as a holder of myriad artefacts dating from the 1,500 years or so that the Ancient Greek period lasted, and Barcelona's CaixaForum cultural organisation has reached an agreement with the museum for the display of a selection of those artefacts both here and at some of its other sites around Spain. Specifically, the exhibition will explore the world of Ancient Greece through the subjects of competition and rivalry. It will cover themes such as the polis (‘city states'), war and the origins of the Olympic Games via pieces such as those from the Mausoleum of Halikarnassos, which are shown outside London for the first time.
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