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:
- 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.
- 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?)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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…
- 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.
- 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.