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September 2019 | Suggestions | Barcelona

It’s easy to discover and enjoy the most varied types of art in Barcelona, a melting pot of cultures where the museums display a myriad of styles.
  • Left Alone | © Santi Palacios
  • The Colors Mountain | © Arturo R. Castillo & David Rodríguez
  • Fenómeno Fotolibro | © Buen Javier, 2016
  • Miranshah, North Waziristan Pakistan: March 30, 2012 | © Forensic Architecture, 2013.

MNAC and CaixaForum

The National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) has various permanent collections including one of Romanesque art, which is one of the most extensive worldwide. The museum is located in the National Palace, a magnificent building which is a sight to see in itself.

This season’s temporary exhibitions at MNAC include ‘Insurrections’, which presents works focused on political events involving mass movements of struggle. And with the exhibition on Ismael Smith, the provocative work and the personality of this Catalan sculptor and draughtsman are reviewed.

Close by, in the same area, one finds the beautiful Modernista building of the Casaramona factory by Puig i Cadafalch. It now houses the CaixaForum cultural centre, which is hosting, for example, the 20th edition of FotoPres until the end of July. This is an exhibition of the work of ten photographers who reflect on various topics such as the family, racism, and more.

Between September and January 2018, at this venue you can see the photographic report by Cristina García Rodero on the situation of women in the rural areas of India. And with ‘Balm and Escape’, CaixaForum takes a look at the vital dilemmas arising when someone enters a penitentiary institution.

 

CCCB y MACBA

The Contemporary Culture Centre of Barcelona (CCCB) lies in the picturesque Raval quarter. One of its flagship events is the World Press Photo exhibition, presenting some of the best pictures taken by photojournalists. This year Barcelona will be one of the first cities worldwide to host this important show, which will be running until 5 June.

Between March and June, ‘Photobook Phenomenon’ proposes a reinterpretation of the history of photography through the work of Rodchenko, William Klein and Robert Frank. And until April 2018, ‘After the End of the World’ deals with our planet in 2017, irreversibly transformed after two centuries of human intervention on its natural systems.

Right next to CCCB stands the main building of MACBA, designed by the architect Richard Meier. Its net space of 14,300 m² will be hosting until mid October the exhibition Forensic Architecture, a show dealing with the work of a group of researchers who began to use new methods of investigation on the violations of human rights.

And with ‘Brossa Poetry’, in the autumn MACBA will be making an exhaustive review of the work of the artist Joan Brossa, ranging from his first books to his last projects in cinema, theatre, etc.

 

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