Last Updated: 24th May 2017
An Articket is highly recommended for any visitor who wants to discover Barcelona’s art highlights. The six most important art museums in Barcelona are all included in this one pass that allows you to visit their temporary and permanent exhibitions during 12 months, for just 30€; nearly a 48% saving on individual entry tickets to these Barcelona art museums.
A slightly paraphrased quote from the Lord of the Rings springs appropriately, or inappropriately, to mind. “One ticket to rule them all, One ticket to find them, One ticket to bring them all and in the sunshine bind them.” However, instead of being a nefarious cornerstone of supreme dark power, the Articket acts as a focal point through which you can find and experience the best art in Barcelona in the most convenient and cost-effective way.
Pablo Picasso’s early life in Barcelona has been well documented; from his first studio in the Gothic quarter’s Carrer de la Plata, to the Quatre Gats restaurant where he would enjoy lively evenings with friends. Even as an established artist he would often return to the city, and the desire that a part of his legacy may forever remain in Barcelona was honoured by his friend Jaume Sabartés, who established the Museu Picasso in Barcelona in 1963.
More than 4000 of the artist’s works, especially earlier sketches and drawings, provide an insight into Picasso’s creative trajectory. Temporary exhibitions introduce the contemporary visions of artists who were inspired by his investigations and continue to push the boundaries that his works first illuminated.
Carrer Montcada 15. www.museupicasso.bcn.cat
From surrealism to ceramics at the Fundació Joan Miró
One of Catalunya’s most renowned modern artists, Joan Miró was born in Barcelona in 1893. Much of the material gathered in the Fundació Joan Miró was donated by Miró himself. You will find a complete collection that spans the various styles and disciplines that he experimented with during his prolific career, including surrealism, dada and magic realism.
Sketches, paintings, drawings and mixed media textile works are all displayed as part of the permanent exhibition. Several statues can also be found both indoors and in the delightful Sculpture Garden. The museum’s location amid the greenery of Montjuïc Mountain resonates perfectly with the freedom and freshness which are characteristic of his work.
Parc de Montjuïc. www.fundaciomiro-bcn.org
Changes are underway at the National Art Museum of Catalonia, which is a reference for art in Barcelona. Having shaken off the acronym MNAC, revamped their website, and renovated parts of the majestic building that houses Catalonia’s largest public art collection, its magnificent works are now ready to meet the world through a new framework.
You’ll find everything from Medieval Romanesque and Gothic art, to Renaissance and Baroque art, and an impressive Modern section.
Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc. www.museunacional.cat
This contemporary art museum in Barcelona presents exhibitions of thought-provoking art that holds its mirror to an increasingly complex and paradoxical world. The MACBA offers a space for reflexion where values and norms can be examined from a different point of view.
Its permanent collection is on a par with any European capital city museum and includes many important pieces from the 1950s to the present day. Temporary exhibitions showcase some of the most interesting contemporary artists.
Plaça dels Àngels, 1 . www.macba.cat
This centre for Contemporary Culture is a multidisciplinary melting pot of creative expression and art in Barcelona. Cultural stories are told through art exhibitions, performance and narrative.
The CCCB has a carefully curated program of quality lectures and debates, usually focused around a theme and presented by guest speakers who include some of the most respected academics, historians, sociologists and free thinkers from around the world. Expect to find film and photography, music from hip-hop to experimental electronica and off-the-wall-jazz, and all the latest cultural trends on the agenda here. There’s also a fantastic bar and terrace that overlooks a large courtyard.
Montalegre, 5. www.cccb.org
The giant barbed wire installation on top of this Barcelona art museum gives an indication of what awaits within. Contemporary artist Antoni Tàpies was born in 1923, and passed away recently in 2012. He was especially interested in fusing abstract concepts such as matter and meaning with interpretions of the social and political realities of the time.
This extensive collection of his works spans many decades and includes sketches, installations and mixed media collages. Temporary exhibitions present innovative works by contemporary artists and parallel events include film screenings and an educational program.
Aragó 255. www.fundaciotapies.org
Apartment Barcelona clients can buy an Articket directly through our website and save 2€.
Artickets can also be bought from any of these museum ticket offices, at the Turisme de Barcelona information offices (Plaça Catalunya, Plaça Sant Jaume and Sants station), and in the Palau de la Virreina ticket office (La Rambla, 99). More info www.articketbcn.org.