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Throughout the summer, most evenings see special cultural and gastronomic activities held at venues around the city. Many modernista spaces, such as La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, host concerts, suppers, drinks and audiovisual shows. In turn, several cultural venues, including Poble Espanyol, CaixaForum and El Born Centre de Cultura i Memoria, open late at least one night a week, allowing you to enjoy their exhibitions and special activities away from the daytime crowds and heat.
Film fans can head to open-air screenings like Sala Montjuïc, which shows movies at the castle on top of Montjuïc, Gandules, an event at the CCCB where the audience sits in deckchairs (gandules in Catalan), and Cosmonits, a whole programme of sci-fi films at CosmoCaixa.
So, if you are looking to enjoy summer nights, Barcelona has a wide range of options for you.
May sees two excellent events for those who love visiting museums. On May 18, International Museum Day is celebrated, a European initiative that sees numerous institutions open their doors for free and put on a special programme of activities. The aim is to raise awareness in visitors about the key role museums and other cultural centres can play in the development of society.
At the same time, Barcelona holds its Night of Museums, when participating venues stay open until night, offering a different way to experience the permanent and temporary exhibitions currently on show, as well as the chance to enjoy different activities, such as family workshops, live performances and guided tours. This is also a global event, one that started in Berlin in 1997 and is now celebrated in around 120 European cities each year. Signed up to the two events in Barcelona are a wide variety of centres whose specialisations include art, archeology, history, author, ethnology, paleontology, ceramics, zoology, movies, design and much more.
The starting point for this exhibition at Barcelona's Museu del Disseny is the role of art nouveau as the originator of design. A reinterpretation of the art déco movement that developed in Europe, and its Catalan offshoot, modernisme, based on the importance of the decorative, applied and industrial arts and crafts in design. The exhibition features lights, gold and silverware, decorative elements and unseen pieces by Gaudí to show the great splendour of the arts in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
During the Christmas holidays, the museums of the city are offering a very interesting alternative to get out of the house but without going out in the cold. It consists of various activities, workshops and proposals scheduled for these holidays, and which complement the interesting exhibitions currently being held. Many options, that will make your Christmas a cultural and artistic adventure.
Within the framework of the commemorative events for the Centenary of the Pau Casals Orchestra 1920-2020, the Music Museum of Barcelona , together with the Pau Casals Foundation and the Pau Casals Museum at El Vendrell, presents a collection of the composer's personal objects, programs, posters and other original documents.The exhibition, which will be on display at the Barcelona and El Vendrell venues, aims to make the story of this hundred-year-old orchestra known and to vindicate the figure of Pau Casals as one of the best orchestra conductors of the 20th century.
Date not yet confirmedBarcelona is once again celebrating its grand festival, in honor of its patron saint. A program full of different activities is planned for all the public, with music, dance, circus and street arts. And not forgetting the giants, dragons, fire beasts, human towers and sardana groups.
La Mercè is also a festival of street arts with the MAC festival, Mercè Arts de Carrer. This is a festival which has become a showcase of new creations, and the meeting place for many artists, both from the city and overseas. The BAM Festival, Barcelona Acció Musical, will fill the streets with today's popular rhythms and concerts.
La Mercè will end, as always, with the traditional fireworks and music display. an explosion of light and sound, which has become one of the most expected and acclaimed events for the people of Barcelona and its visitors.
A scenographic journey revealing the key moments in the history of education during the 20th century and the historical and political context in which it was set.
The exhibition begins in 1908, when Barcelona City Council approved the Extraordinary Budget for Culture, a plan for the comprehensive reform of education in the city, emphasizing education that was of high quality, public, free, in Catalan, secular, and with both boys and girls sharing the classrooms. The project was inspired by experiences of teaching reforms and brought a debate to the table that is still very much in existence today.
The exhibition "Tàpies. Reality in close-up"", organized by the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, focuses on the works that the artist produced between 1960 and 1970 and which are characterized by the emphasis he placed on the use of objects in his work. Influenced, like other artists, by Marcel Duchamp and the need to expand the notion of realism, Tàpies' works from this period incorporate used objects such as old furniture, household utensils, and dirty clothes to reflect the marks left by the passage of time and human action, and to express his rejection of consumer society.
We know him for his paintings, ceramics, engravings, sculptures, and even for his poetry. But on this occasion, the Museu Picasso in Barcelona is focusing on one of the artist's lesser-known artistic endeavors: artistic jewelry. We will be able to see some of his most emblematic pieces, ranging from the shell necklaces created for Dora Maar on the beaches of Juan-les-Pins in 1937, to the authentic goldsmithing works of the 1960s, as well as the ceramic pieces modeled in the Madoura workshop. A unique opportunity to see how, for Picasso, jewelry is the most personal way of expressing himself and, of course, so much more than mere ornamentation.
Picasso was always very close to his sister Lola Ruiz Picasso and she was one of his favorite models during his childhood and adolescence. This exhibition includes the works that Picasso dedicated to Lola, or Dolores, as well as works by her, her correspondence with Picasso, and a section of photographs of Lola at all stages of her life. Indeed, the exhibition pays tribute to one of the people who preserved Pablo Ruiz Picasso's work with the utmost care.
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