If you want to find the latest in Barcelona art and culture, from a cabinet of curiosities to exhibitions of contemporary art and Impressionist works, there’s always plenty to see and explore. Here are some of the latest artsy goings-on:
Dive into the wonderful world of Madame La Marquise, a gorgeous new gallery space for visual arts and spoken word, with the feeling of a private home. Located in a modernist apartment at the heart of “eixample”, featuring an open courtyard and fabulous views of the city, Madame la Marquise invites visitors with an appointment.
Showing until the 5th of February is “Chien Lunatique” – the work of Jordi Duró – graphic designer, illustrator and collector – with his private collection of vinyl cover art, games and collages on display in works specially created for each room.
Arts Santa Monica on Las Ramblas is an excellent state gallery run by the Generalitat de Catalunya, converted from a convent of the same name founded in 1636. The current exhibition “Mehr Licht” (More Light) is the first retrospective of Chema Alvargonzalez, born in Jerez de la Frontera in 1960, who lived and worked in Berlin and is “acclaimed as one of the most representative artists of the first generation of techno-cultural globalism.”
The show includes photographs, videos, installations exploring travel, the city, chance, words, absence – that should be worth dropping by as you stroll along Las Ramblas.
The Impressionists are on show until the 12th of February at Caixa Fòrum, which always has a great educational program for kids, with family activities and a coffee and chat program for seniors. See these dreamy paintings in the flesh, with paintings by Degas, Renoir, Monet and other masterpieces from the French painting collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
As Renoir said, you have to see his paintings to understand them. Open daily with free entry.