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  • 7 Ships, 7 Stories

    7 Ships, 7 Stories

    The Barcelona Maritime Museum presents a new semi-permanent exhibition on the stories of ships, where you can see some of the Museum’s most outstanding model ships, from naval vessels to container ships, as well as a variety of objects from the Museum’s collections such as atlases and nautical maps, navigation instruments, cannons, equipment for stowing merchandise, engravings, offerings, weapons, documents, etc. 

  • Picasso and Romanesque Art

    Picasso and Romanesque Art

    Barcelona's special relationship with Pablo Picasso is highlighted once more in this exhibition at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) that explores a specific area of the artist's work. Looking at the period between 1906 (when Picasso visited the town of Gósol in the Catalan Pyrenees) and 1934 (the year the Spanish artist first saw the MNAC's Romanesque collection), the show delves into three themes found both in Picasso's work and the Romanesque art that is such a key part of Catalan history. The first is the piece 'Virgin from Gósol', which Picasso saw during his visit to the town and is now part of the MNAC collection; the second is the Crucifixion, often found in traditional Romanesque art and Picasso's creations from the 1930s; and the third is skulls. Ultimately, the objective of this show, organised with the Picasso Museum in Paris and including some 40 works, is not so much to seek out influences or a standard relationship but rather to identify 'possible affinities'.

    "I already knew that Picasso had a special relationship with Barcelona but I discovered the influences of medieval art on some of his works at this exhibition at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya."

  • Peter Hujar. Speed of Life.

    Peter Hujar. Speed of Life.

    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.

  • Picasso. Portraits

    Picasso. Portraits

    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.

  • Saló Internacional del Còmic (International Comic Fair)

    Saló Internacional del Còmic (International Comic Fair)

    Pow! Zap! Comic book lovers rejoice. It's time once more for Barcelona's celebration of anything and everything to do with graphic novels. This year marking its 35th anniversary, the International Comic Fair has become an unmissable event for fans of the likes of Captain America, Tintin and Doraemon. It's an all-encompassing festival that includes guest authors and illustrators from Spain and around the world, workshops, exhibitions, stands selling memorabilia as well as hundreds of books new and old, awards, video games and activities for kids. But where the real atmosphere comes from is the costumes that many of the attendees dress up in. From Princess Leia to the Joker, Super Mario and Klingons, they create a colourful, amiable and lively universe where an addiction to comic books is the uniting force. From November 2-5, Ficomic also organises the Saló del Manga (Manga Fair), which features manga and anime authors, as well as a range of other activities.

    "An unmissable date for comic fans. Authors and illustrators from around the world, workshops, exhibitions and lots more activities. I really enjoyed it."

  • Exhibition: Akram Zaatari. Against photography. An annotated history of the Arab Image Foundation

    Exhibition: Akram Zaatari. Against photography. An annotated history of the Arab Image Foundation

    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.

  • Loop Festival

    Loop Festival

    Created in 2003, Loop is a platform that focuses on the possibilities and challenges presented by video art, one of the key artistic movements of modern times. Each year, Loop hosts professionals (including curators, collectors and gallery-owners) and the public for a gathering where they can discover the latest technological and other developments in the moving image sector as well as the work of new and established creatives who use video as their main tool. Loop Festival runs for some two weeks and includes screenings, exhibitions, concerts, talks and other live events at numerous venues around the city (highlighting the flexible character of the format). Running concurrently is Loop Fair, a shorter but just as intense event that features work selected by an international committee of specialised collectors, and looks for new ways to present art considering the rapidly changing ways that audiences have of experiencing moving images nowadays.

    "Exhibitions, concerts, talks and film screenings explore the potential and challenges of video art. I loved seeing professionals and new talents use the moving image in such an innovative and cutting-edge way."

  • The Night of Museums

    The Night of Museums

    As the weather gets warmer and the nights become a more inviting time to be out and about, The Night of Museums is an excellent excuse to get an evening dose of culture. The concept is simple: one Saturday in May, the city's museums keep their doors open late into the night offering a different way to see the permanent and temporary exhibitions currently on show, as well as the chance to enjoy specially organised activities, such as family workshops, live performances and guided tours. It's actually a global event, one that started in Berlin in 1997 and is now celebrated in around 120 European cities. Here in Barcelona, the number of participating entities has grown significantly, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a museum that's not taking part. To make it easier to decide which ones to visit, check out the itineraries mapped out on the event website, which group together various institutions, providing an alternative late-night tour of the city.

    "The perfect excuse to enjoy a night time injection of culture until the early hours. A night when museums open for free so you can enjoy all kinds of special activities."

  • David Bowie Is

    David Bowie Is

    Almost 18 months since the sudden death of David Bowie, this acclaimed touring exhibition that delves deep into his career, artistic roots and achievements touches down in Barcelona. It was inaugurated in 2013 at London's Victoria & Albert Museum, with curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh given exclusive and extensive access to the musician's archive from which they selected 300 objects to tell a singular story about this man who was so influential and so meaningful for people around the world almost right from the start of his creative endeavours. The exhibition explores the way Bowie originated and evolved his concepts, constantly changing his style, both in terms of performance and appearance, and always looking for fresh ways to embrace and enlighten audiences. The items on display include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, set designs, instruments and album artwork, many of them personal belongings that had not been shown in public before.

  • Barcelona Design Week

    Barcelona Design Week

    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.
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    "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."

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