A look at the contemporary world through photographs, interactive and educational exhibitions, conceptual art… Barcelona's vibrant art scene is reflected in the exhibition centres and galleries around Barcelona.
The Centre Arts Santa Mònica is housed in the former convent of Santa Mònica (18th century). It stands close to the sea on an unbeatable site: La Rambla. Unlike other museums, the CASM doesn't have its own private collection, but hosts over 20 exhibitions a year, most of them new productions, by artists from Spain and abroad.
The CASM has as its mission the study, interpretation, production and exhibition of contemporary art, with particular emphasis on Catalan art seen within an international context. The Centre d'Art Santa Mònica also hosts Arxiu_Dossiers: an innovative project bringing together dossiers about different generations of artists living and/or working in Catalonia, with the purpose of fostering research and bringing the Catalan art scene to a wider audience.
The CASM offers a varied menu of cultural events and educational activities geared to secondary-school pupils, specific art-related courses and groups of adults.
Contact details : La Rambla, 7, 08002, Barcelona | Tel: 935 671 110 | Web: www.artssantamonica.cat
Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona
Contact details : Pl. Pons i Clech, 2, 2º planta, 08003, Barcelona | Tel: 932 563 420 | Web: www.bcn.cat/arxiufotografic
Arxiu Històric de la ciutat de Barcelona
Contact details : Santa Llúcia, 1, 08002, Barcelona | Tel: 932 562 255 | Web: www.bcn.cat/arxiu/arxiuhistoric
In the central Barcelona's Passeig de Gràcia, we find the Casa Milà or La Pedrera, a blend of fantasy and functionality make this architectural landmark a must-see visitor attraction. This is the culmination of Antoni Gaudí's career, designed as a modernista building tailored to the new social needs, without forgetting his main source of inspiration: nature and organic forms.
When Pere Milà commissioned Antoni Gaudí to build a residential block, it gave the architect the perfect opportunity to bring to fruition one of his most complete works. Built between 1906 and 1912, the Casa Milà occupies an entire corner of the Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona's Eixample. The architect created an astonishing modernista style building, set out around two interior courtyards which provide the flats with ventilation and light. Curved, sinuous forms are the main elements inside and outside La Pedrera. The Casa Milà's façade resembles the moving sea, the waves interacting with the seaweed-motifs on the wrought-iron balcony railings. The large stone blocks are a type of skin that covers the skeleton of a building free of load-bearing walls.
La Pedrera, the Catalan for stone quarry, is actually the pejorative name given to the building by the locals who were amazed by the modern Gaudiesque forms. The Casa Milà was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Three areas are open to the public: the dreamlike attic space, with is brick catenary arches; the rooftop, where the chimneys recall the silhouette of warriors rising up among the dunes of the desert; and finally a period apartment.
Contact details : Carrer de Provença, 261-265, 08008, Barcelona | Tel: 902 202 138 | Web: www.lapedrera.com
Espai Volart. Fundació Vila Casas
Contact details : Ausiàs Marc, 22, 08010, Barcelona | Tel: 934 817 985 | Web: www.fundaciovilacasas.org
Fundació Foto Colectania
Contact details : Julian Romea, 6, baixos, 08006, Barcelona | Tel: 932 171 626 | Web: www.colectania.es
In its room at Barcelona, opened in October 2015 and located in one of the representative buildings of Barcelona Modernist architecture, the Casa Garriga i Nogues, Fundació Mapfre's cultural activity alternates paintings and other visual art exhibitions from late 19th century to the first third of the 20th century and a wide programme on contemporary Artistic Photography.
Contact details : Diputació, 250, 08007, Barcelona | Tel: 934 012 603 | Web: www.fundacionmapfre.org
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