Marc by Robert Llimós

Brightly coloured bronze statue of Marc in Barcelona's Olympic village

Marc is one of a pair of nearly identical statues by Robert Llimós portraying a colourful, genderless, neo-expressionist human figure holding a large picture frame which it is looking through. The sculpture was inaugurated in 1997 and  it’s title is a play on words. Marc means frame in Catalan and the statue is dedicated to the artist’s …

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Joan Miró Welcomes You to Barcelona

Tourists walking over Miro's famous mosaic on the Ramblas pedestrianised avenue in central Barcelona

In 1968 Joan Miró was commissioned to create a giant mural to welcome visitors arriving at Barcelona airport. The Barcelona-born artist liked the idea so much that he decided to donate 3 works of art to the city welcoming visitors arriving by air, land and sea. Joan Mirós Mural at Barcelona Airport The giant mural …

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Multidisciplinary Art Exhibition at the Agbar Tower

2 Portraits by Spanish artist Pedro Madueño, pert of the Agua, Aguas art exhibition at the Agbar Tower, Barcelona

The Agbar Tower isn’t normally open to the general public. So when I heard about the “Agua, Aguas” exhibition I was keen to get a peek inside. The exhibition is a collection of poems, paintings and photos with a common theme – Water. The exhibits are grouped together in 5 categories: Water, the origin of …

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The Caixa Forum

A man crosses the street in front of the Caixa Forum Barcelona

More than just a modern art museum, the Caixa Forum is billed as a Cultural Centre and stages temporary exhibitions as well as concerts, arts related educational workshops and films. There are 3 main exhibition halls, a cinema and a dedicated children’s activity area called Caixa Forum Kids. There is just one permanent exhibit; Joseph …

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Museum of Catalan Modernism

Museum of Catalan Modernism, Barcelona

The Museum of Catalan Modernism opened in 2010 and contains furniture, paintings and sculptures from two private collections exhibited in a modernist building on Carrer Balmes. The museum includes works by most of the major exponents of the genre including Antoni Gaudi, Joan Busquets, Eusbei Arnau, Josep Llimona and others. The museum occupies 2 floors …

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Monestir de Pedralbes – One of Barcelona’s Best Kept Secrets!

The Monestir de Pedralbes, Barcelona

The Monestir de Pedralbes is a beautiful gothic monastery which was built in 1326 by Queen Elisenda in an effort to be forgiven for her sins. Some of the most famous architects of the time worked on the project including Ramon Despuig and Berenguer de Montagut who also designed the Bascilica de Santa Maria del …

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Plaça de Catalunya – More Than Just a Metro Stop!

Statues and fountains at Plaça de Catalunya (Catalonia Square)

For many visitors Plaça de Catalunya is the first place they see when they arrive in Barcelona. If you take the Aerobus from the airport, the chances are you will get off here on the way to your hotel.  Plaça de Catalunya is also the intersection between Las Ramblas, Portal de l’Àngel, Ronda de Sant …

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