Top Art Exhibitions in Barcelona in 2013
If you love cultural breaks, you’ll enjoy exploring some of Barcelona’s many art galleries. As well as the permanent exhibitions, there are always a host of touring installations to look out for.
To get you in the mood for a visit to the Spanish destination in 2013, here are some of the best temporary exhibitions on offer in the coming months.
Explosion! The Legacy of Jackson Pollock
Where: Fundacio Joan Miro
Dates: 24th October 2012 to 24th February 2013
You’ve still got a couple of months to catch the Jackson Pollock exhibition at the Fundacio Joan Miro. This installation isn’t only dedicated to the painter famous for his action artworks, though, but also to artists who have been influenced by his style, such as Yves Klein, Andy Warhol and Paul McCarthy.
As well as viewing the Explosion! exhibition, you can also enjoy the permanent works on show by Joan Miro, who the gallery is dedicated to.
The Museum Explores: Works of Art under examination
Where: Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
When: 23rd November 2012 to 24th February 2013
This is a fascinating exhibition for art fans to attend, as it gives you a glimpse into all the work that goes into maintaining priceless paintings. As you tour the gallery, you’ll see numerous paintings from various time periods, alongside images captured using radiation during the examination process.
It’s a great opportunity to find out what art researchers, curators, restorers and historians go through to put together the exhibitions we see in the galleries.
Ahlam Shibli – The ghost house
Where: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona
When: 25th January 2013 to 28th April 2013
If you’re after something thought provoking, this exhibition of photographs by Palestinian photographer Ahlam Shibli is an excellent choice. The images on display in The Ghost House collection were taken at the Ala’in refugee camp, and are the first retrospective of the artist’s work to go on show anywhere in the world.
Where: Espai Volart
When: 9th October 2012 to 21st April 2013
The Salvador Alibau exhibition is being held one year after the artist’s death to showcase some of his most famous pieces, including those that demonstrate Alibau’s attempts to “capture the weightlessness of material”. Among some of his best-known works are those he created using cellulose fibre.
Alex Mitrani has commissioned this exhibition looking back at a collection of Alibau’s work.
A unique garden: Ceramics from Iznik, 16th century
Where: Museu de Ceramica
When: 8th October 2012 to 3rd March 2013
Appropriately, the A unique garden: Ceramics from Iznik, 16th century exhibition is being hosted at Barcelona’s Museu de Ceramica. This particular collection is dedicated to a Turkish city – Iznik – which was prominent in the 16th century during the Ottoman Empire.
The ceramic pieces produced at this time were ornate and beautiful and this exhibition is a unique opportunity to view a range of items that are usually in private collections.
This is just a taste of some of the artistic offerings Barcelona has to offer over the next few months. If you’re particularly keen to see one of these exhibitions, you should book your accommodation close to the gallery in question to make it easier to fully enjoy all the pieces on show.
There are a host of cheap hotels in Barcelona within easy reach of many of the city’s most popular museums, so take your time to shop around to find one that suits you.