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ARTICKET BCN [ Monday, 20 Aug 07 | 09:53 ]
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For the more “artistic” inclined, the ARTICKET BCN is a single ticket that allows you to visit seven of the leading art centers in Barcelona:

  1. Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC)
    The MNAC embraces all the arts (sculpture, painting, objets d'art, drawing, engraving, posters, photography and coinage) and has the task of explaining the general history of Catalan art from the Romanesque period to the mid-twentieth century.

  2. Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
    The MACBA constructs a critical memory of Art of the latter half of the 20th century, with two objectives: to oppose rhetoric and hegemonic forces which tend to mythologize the local-national while exploiting cultural institutions as active agents of tertiary economics in urban centres; and to present alternatives for the insufficiencies of the dominant museum model, which is generally based on the universalist myth of the original work presented as spectacle. (Do people write stuff like this? And do they believe it?)

  3. Fundació Joan Miró
    Throughout his life, Joan Miró took a particular interest in the diversity of materials, forms and colours. It led him to explore and experiment with different art forms such as painting, sculpture, printing techniques, ceramics, the theatre, and tapestry.

  4. Fundació Antoni Tàpies
    Fundació Antoni Tàpies presents a new selection of works from the Collection, featuring paintings, sculptures, drawings and engravings from the 1940s to the present.

  5. the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)
    The CCCB is of the cultural references of the city of Barcelona; a platform for artistic and creative experimentation, for debate and reflexion, It is a multi-disciplinarian center, with a program of expositions, cinema, courses, debates, conferencies, music, dance, urban itineraries…

  6. Fundació Caixa Catalunya
    The aims of Fundació Caixa Catalunya are:
    • To foster and develop culture.
    • To promote and popularise artistic and scientific activities, to preserve and popularise the Gaudí heritage at the Casa Milà, La Pedrera, home of its Cultural Centre.
    • To organise exhibitions and activities at La Pedrera.
    • To organise travelling exhibitions and activities in the region where Caixa Catalunya has a presence.
    • To co-operate with other cultural organisations and institutions sponsoring and supporting non-profitmaking organisations.

  7. Museu Picasso
    The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is indispensable for understanding the formative years of Pablo Ruiz Picasso. The genius of the young artist is revealed through the more than 3,500 works that make up the permanent collection. However, the Picasso Museum also reveals his relationship with Barcelona: an intimate, solid relationship that was shaped in his adolescence and youth, and continued until his death.

You can visit both permanent collections and temporary exhibitions for 20 €, valid for six months and in whatever order you wish. You can enjoy a wide range of works of art from Catalunya and the rest of the world, from Romanesque mural paintings to the works of the outstanding contemporary artists, such as Joan Miró or Antoni Tàpies. You can also visit city landmarks such as Gaudí's La Pedrera or the MACBA building designed by Richard Meier.

I really need to see the MNAC and MACBA. After being here for two years I am almost ashamed to have not visited them.


[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Monday, 20 Aug 07 | 09:23 (UTC)
I think we should go together. Now my comments on these. I had an ArtTicket and saw most of them, although I also went with the school to some of them.

-MNAC rocks. Absolutely a must-see. It's history of art in Catalonia, from the middle ages. It's so awesome how the kept the frescos from the romanesque churches... Remarkably there's a fresco like the ones there in the Boston Museum of Art.

-MACBA is a bittersweet experience. Check the calendar because the permanent exhibit is not too great, but they usually have good exhibitions. I've seen there a retrospective on "Installations" which was one of the most enjoyable art experiences in my life. But as I said, the permanent collection is "floja".

-Fundació Joan Miró: The building is as old as me and it's already falling apart. The permanent collection is also not very impressive but it's an enjoyable visit. Don't miss the semi-hidden 20 "modern" sculptures in a garden which is at the side of the building.

-Fundació Antoni Tàpies: It sucks. I don't get the grip of this guy. It was ok in the 50s to mix trash with painting but we're all a bit over that already. Nevertheless, they hosted a great Andy Warhol exhibit a few years ago - so check the calendar.

-CCCB: They make the best exhibitions EVER. I haven't seen any recent ones, though (so check the agenda). For instance, they had one called "Barcelona/Madrid rivaltry/friendship", "The art of fascism and communism" or "Mundo kitsch". Depending on the exhibit, I'm going with you.

-Fundació Caixa Catalunya? It's already free to enter there. I've checked a couple of exhibitions

-And I've never been to Museu Picasso. I simply hate the touristy flavour it has
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Monday, 20 Aug 07 | 18:21 (UTC)
Yes, we should go together to the MNAC, MACBA and CCCB. We could invite others to "go along for the ride." MACBA has interesting "temporary" exhibits as you said.

I have been to the Joan Miró and Caixa Catalunya (several times).

I don't have a desire to see either the Tàpies or Picasso.

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[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Tuesday, 21 Aug 07 | 06:19 (UTC)
The CCCB has an exhibition called "Fronteres" (borders): http://www.cccb.org/ca/exposicio?idg=11323 and then other about the Southafrican Apartheid http://www.cccb.org/ca/exposicio?idg=11336

The MACBA has something that looks interesting, an exhibition about "Theatre without theatre" (it's on the minimalist side of life): http://www.macba.es/controller.php?p_action=show_page&pagina_id=28&inst_id=21704 - However, in October there's something that looks awesome to see: art after WW2: http://www.macba.es/controller.php?p_action=show_page&pagina_id=52&inst_id=21710
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[User Picture]From: fingertrouble
Monday, 20 Aug 07 | 12:48 (UTC)
I've been to the Joan Miro, MNAC or the MACBA (I forget which) and the Picasso. And I visited once!

The Caixa is that one in the odd building (medieval factory) near the Olympics/Tapies area? Odd place.
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[User Picture]From: fingertrouble
Monday, 20 Aug 07 | 12:49 (UTC)
Actually reaading Xavi's comments above I definitely went to the MNAC - the romanesque church interiors are a WOW.

Picasso museum is worth going for the building alone.

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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Monday, 20 Aug 07 | 15:27 (UTC)

MNAC and Picasso museum

The MNAC is excellent whereas there are better Picasso museums. Also, there is a nice view from th MNAC.

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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Monday, 20 Aug 07 | 15:23 (UTC)

The Caixa

I assume you mean Fundació Caixa Catalunya. Caixa (or caja in castellano) means savings bank. "La Caixa" is the common name for the Caixa d'Estalvis i Pensions de Barcelona and is different from Caixa Catalunya. The home of Caixa Catalunya's cultural center is on the first floor of Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera, a building designed by Antoni Gaudí. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The foundation often holds free exhibitions whereas it costs money to tour the rest of the building. So I take visitors to the free part to see if they want to "pop" for a regular ticket. You could say that it is an "odd place", but it is well known.

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