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Since hosting the Olympic Games in 1992, Barcelona has boomed. The city's urban development has gone hand in hand with a clean-up of the more colourful parts of the old town and Barcelona is now a lively, cosmopolitan city with a population of just under 2 million. Set between the mountains and the...

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Rosemarie Castoro. Focus at Infinity

9 Nov-15 April. MACBA presents the first major retrospective dedicated to avant-garde American artist Rosemarie Castoro (1939-2015). Focusing on the period from 1964 to 1979, the exhibition document...
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Total Records: Vinyl & photography

22 Nov-11 March. Barcelona's Colectania Photo Foundation presents a photographic tour through classic 20th-century vinyl covers, the result of collaboration between musicians and prominent photograp...
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Picasso in Barcelona 1917

26 Oct-28 Jan. Exhibition highlighting Picasso's return to Barcelona from June to November 1917, after having lived for many years in Paris. Earlier in 1917 the artist had been working in Rome wher...
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Francesc Torres. The entropic box

20 Oct-14 Jan. With the subheading [The museum of lost objects] this installation by Catalan artist Francesc Torres explores the role of the museum as a meeting point between history and culture. T...
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Ramon Pichot. From Els Quatre Gats to La Maison Rose

29 Sept-21 Jan. Barcelona artist Ramon Pichot worked in his native city alongside fellow artists Ramon Casas, Santiago Rusiñol, Joaquim Mir and Isidre Nonell, before moving to Paris at the beginning o...
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Brossa Poetry

21 Sept-25 Feb. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) dedicates an exhibition to the pioneering Barcelona poet Joan Brossa (1919-1998) and his interdisciplinary collaboration with artists, musicians,...
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David Bowie is

25 May-30 Oct. The popular David Bowie show comes to Barcelona following successful stints at the Philharmonie in Paris and the V&A in London. On display is a large collection of archive materi...
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Ismael Smith: the beauty and the monsters

23 June-17 Sept. This exhibition re-evaluates the career of eccentric artist Ismael Marí Smith who was born in Barcelona in 1886 but died in a psychiatric institution in New York in 1972. Although...
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Picasso Portraits

17 March-25 Sept. Exhibition highlighting Picasso's life-long fascination with interpreting portraiture and the human figure. Picasso rarely worked to commission which granted him the liberty to pain...
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Torné Esquius: Poetics of the Everyday

7 April-9 July. Pere Torné Esquius (1879- 1936) was a painter, illustrator and cartoonist whose work defies categorisation although he is sometimes claimed by the noucentista, a Catalan modernist move...
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Photobook Phenomenon

17 March-27 Aug.The CCCB and at Fundació Foto Colectania present a joint exhibition highlighting the role of the photobook in contemporary visual culture. Curated by nine international experts, the...
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Photobook Phenomenon

17 March-27 Aug. The CCCB and at Fundació Foto Colectania present a joint exhibition highlighting the role of the photobook - publications illustrated with photographs - in contemporary visual culture...
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Ramon Casas and the shadow puppets at Els Quatre Gats

30 June-19 Feb. Unusual exhibition of shadow puppets made by Spanish artist Ramon Casas (1866-1932) and his circle of modernist friends based at the Els Quatre Gats café in Barcelona. On display a...
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Marianne Breslauer: Photographs 1927-1938

27 Oct-29 Jan. Exhibition of work by German photographer Marianne Breslauer (1909-2001) whose promising early career was curtailed by the Nazi regime due to her Jewish heritage. Breslauer fled Ger...
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1,000 m2 of desire: Architecture and sexuality

25 Oct-19 March. Exhibition examining the way western society has planned, built and imagined spaces for sex over the last 200 years. The show focuses in particular on how the design of "spaces of des...
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Lluïsa Vidal: Pintora del modernisme

23 Sept-15 Jan. The Museo Nacional d'Art de Catalunya dedicates an exhibition to the work of Lluïsa Vidal (1876-1918), one of the few women artists in the male-dominated Catalan modernism. Vidal s...
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Picasso, Photography and Ceramics

23 June-30 Oct. The Museu Picasso presents a selection of photographs from its collection documenting Picasso’s work as a ceramicist. The artist's interest in ceramics began when he moved to the s...
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The Thinking Machine: Ramon Llull

14 July-11 Dec. Exhibition exploring the legacy of the 13th-century philosopher Ramon Llull (1232-1316) and his enduring impact on the arts, literature, science and technology. During his lifetime...
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Punk, its traces in contemporary art

13 May-25 Sept. Featuring the works of over 60 Spanish and international artists, this exhibition at MACBA examines how the rebellious punk movement has influenced contemporary art. Installations,...
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Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design

23 March-28 Aug. Exhibition showcasing the work of over 120 African artists and designers, part of a wide-ranging research project steered by German curator Amelie Klein, assisted by the influential N...

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