Top musts for any art gallery lover coming to town
The best art galleries in Barcelona are gathered around a few blocks on Consell de Cent street, but some other great ones are hidden in the alleys of the Old Town. Finding them can be a huge time investment unless you know exactly where you are going and what are you going to find there.
Some times we get to visit an art gallery during our tours. And often my guests would ask me where was the art gallery district and which were the best in town. Such questions inspired me to write today’s post. I hope you find it interesting!
These are our favorite art galleries in barcelona:
Sala Dalmau. Located in Consell de Cent street since 1979, this gallery is dedicated to recovering historical avant-garde artists and promoting new contemporary artists. They collaborate in itinerary vanguards exhibitions in collaboration with other art galleries and museums, such as Picasso Museum, MNAC, CAAM… Their art for sale includes artists such as Virgina Lasheras, Le Corbusier, Joaquín Torres-Garcia and Javier Vilató have exhibited their work in Dalmau gallery.
Galeria Jordi Pasqual. Located in Consell de Cent street, too. They are specialists assess collectors on buying artwork pieces and completing private collections. They also organize temporary exhibitions, in order to bring art closer to the public and the collectors. You’ll find here paintings of the early avangards of the 1800 and 1900’s such as Arcadi Mas i Fondevila, Eliseo Meifren, Joaquim Mir, Santiago Rusiñol, Modest Urgell, but also well known Spanish contemporary artists such as Miquel Barceló, Antoni Clavé, Josep Guinovart, Josep Maria Sert, Antoni Tapies and Manolo Valdés.
Joan Prats. This gallery, located on Balmes street, was a pioneer in organizing international contemporary exhibitions in Barcelona. In order to approach contemporary artists to the public, they participate regularly in famous international Art Fairs such as Arco in Madrid, Art Basel and Art Basel-Miami Beach. Some of the artists they work with are Hernández Pijuan, Javier Peñafiel, Ràfols Casamada, Eulàlia Valldosera, Perejaume.
Setba. Not very often you can buy or admire works of an artist in the same apartment where he lived. This is the case of Setba, an unusual art gallery hidden in the flat in Plaça Reial where transgressor Barcelona artist Ocaña lived in the 1970’s (you can actually still see a fresco he painted in one of the ceilings of the now art gallery. Aside from Ocaña, they work with a variety of promising Spanish contemporary artists and they are also very committed with the social and cultural life of the district.
Galeria Mayoral. This gallery is specialized in great Spanish and International artists. Among the Spanish ones we can find Miró, Picasso, Dalí, Torres García, Tàpies or Chillida. This gallery operates on a global level that’s why there are Calder, Chagall, Leger, Magritte, Bacon, Warhol or Basquiat among their international exhibitions.
AND BONUS! The oldest art gallery in Barcelona:
Sala Parés. The oldest gallery in Barcelona (and probably the oldest of all the art galleries in Spain, too), has been located since 1877 in Petritxol street, in the heart of the Old town. It was a reference in the Modernisme times, when a young Pablo Picasso exhibited his early works there, and later on, surrealists Joan Miro and Salvador Dali followed his example. Nowadays, they specialize in contemporary figurative artists, amongst which stand out Miguel Macaya, Perico Pastor and Miguel Rasero. They also run the gallery Trama, located across the street, specializing in non-figurative contemporary.
So what about you? Head to the comments below and tells us: do you know of any other favorite art galleries in Barcelona?