Anyone that wants to learn about art in Barcelona has definitely found the right blog and our first section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.
After that we will get into a variety of other topics like art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, local sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
You can jump straight to any section that interests you most by using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Barcelona art map with all of the spots we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
If you want to look through more posts on Spain you can do so there.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Barcelona
If you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Barcelona you can go to:
- Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya at Palau Nacional Parc de Montjuïc
- Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona at Carrer de Montalegre 5
- Museo Europeo de Arte Moderno at Barra de Ferro 5
- Fundació Museu Picasso at Carrer Montcada 15-23
- Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona at Plaça dels Àngels 1
- Fundació Joan Miró at Parc de Montjuïc
- Projecte Sd at Passatge Mercader 8
- Galería Marlborough at Enric Granados 68
- Galeria Senda at Trafalgar 32
- Galeria Mayoral at Consell de Cent 286
- ADN Galeria at Carrer Mallorca 205
- Galeria Joan Prats at Carrer Balmes 54
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya opened in 1934 and today you will be able to witness the best collection of Romanesque mural paintings in the world as well as the most prominent Catalan Modernist artists like Gaud and Casas. The collection is viewable from 10am to 8pm Tuesday through Saturday and until 3pm on Sunday and is completed by Gothic art along with major European Renaissance and Baroque painters such as Tiziano or Velázquez and some incredible photographs.
The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona is a multidisciplinary cultural center that addresses contemporary society’s key challenges in various languages and formats with an extensive program that includes major thematic exhibitions, series of conferences and literary meetups, film screenings, and festivals.
On June 8, 2011 the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) opened its doors in the Ribera neighborhood very close to the Picasso Museum which you will hear about soon becoming the country’s first museum of contemporary figurative art. José Manuel Infiesta is a local architect who is its director while the Foundation for the Arts and Artists started it as a private project and you can see everything they have to offer from 11am to 7pm Tuesday through Sunday.
The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is a must-see for anyone interested in Pablo Picasso’s formative years as the 4,251 paintings that comprise the permanent collection demonstrate the young artist’s genius. It keeps regular hours of 10am to 8pm Tuesday through Sunday after having first opened its doors in 1963 and the MACBA fosters interest in art and current culture by having a transformative impact on individuals and society.
Miró established the Fundació Joan Miró which began with items from his personal collection and it opened to the public in 1975 having since evolved into a vibrant center where Joan Miró’s work coexists with cutting-edge contemporary art. The Fundació organizes temporary exhibits by artists from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries using an interdisciplinary approach and it opens every day at 10am except for Monday when it is closed.
You can visit ProjecteSD from 11am to 7pm Tuesday through Friday or until 3pm on Saturday which was established in February 2003 and the gallery program was designed to foster discussion between recognized and emerging artists in your area and abroad. It is also able to provide a platform for hosting and presenting works from many eras and situations in order to prioritize creative worth over trends, classifications, nations, or generations.
The Marlborough Gallery opened in 1992 with a remarkable first exhibition of Francis Bacon’s work from the previous ten years. Today it represents around 20 artists and works that have been a part of its identity since its inception which you can see from 11am to 7pm every day but Sunday. Among them are the legendary artist Antonio López-Garca, painters Juan Genovés and Luis Gordillo, and sculptures David Rodrguez Caballero and Francisco Leiro.
Galeria Senda has been operating since 1991 and they have recently expanded their scope of operations to include other art services. Furthermore they are linked to other projects such as LOOP Barcelona which is the world’s premier international video art show and Talking Galleries, an initiative that promotes debate and discussion about the evolution of the industry. Head over from 11am to 8pm Tuesday through Friday or until 2:30pm on Saturday.
Mayoral is a Modern and Post-War art gallery created in 1989 that curates an exhibition program centered on Catalan and Spanish Informalism and Post-War art with creators like Tàpies, Chillida, Millares, Saura, Guerrero, Zóbel, Canogar, Rivera, and Francés. Simultaneously the gallery displays the work of significant twentieth-century avant-garde artists Miró, Picasso, and more but don’t go on Sunday or they will be closed.
ADN Galeria was established as a hybrid platform for commercial mediation and cultural contribution with the goal of supporting current artistic ideas and trends with a curriculum that focuses on content-based products that serve as a semantic reflection of the context in which they develop. ADN Galeria is open from 9:30am to 7:30pm Monday through Friday and from 11am to 3pm on Saturday.
Galeria Joan Prats is open Tuesday through Friday and has been one of the pioneer galleries in the International contemporary scene since its inception in 1976 showing and promoting the works of the artists it represents while also taking part in the Arco Art Fair, Art Basel, and Art Basel-Miami Beach over the years.
Materials & Supplies Near You
There are quite a few local art supply stores to buy materials like:
- Barna Art at Carrer del Rossellò 290
- Belles Arts Ferran at Carrer de Ferran 39
- Casa Piera Belles Arts at Carrer del Pintor Fortuny 21
- Vicenç Piera at Via Augusta 161
- Montana Shop Barcelona Gràcia at Carrer de les Guilleries 28
- Artcants at Plaça de les Glòries
- Art Hilgard at Carrer d’Astúries 48
Barna Art specializes in fine arts materials and supplies with 23 years on the market.
Belles Arts Ferran has been selling articles for fine arts in your area including artistic painting, crafts, technical drawing, airbrushing, pottery, sculpting, and more since 1969.
Casa Piera Belles Arts has been promoting local art for the benefit of both students and professionals for 80 years. Not only can you buy all kinds of creative supplies they are also graphic design and printing experts.
Vicenç Piera has a lengthy history in all types of stationery and fine arts products selling over 40,000 goods in continuous stock allowing it to offer incomparable wholesale and retail prices.
Montana Shop debuted in 2004 and was the first point of sale under a new idea of graffiti-shop. They sell products of the greatest quality at the lowest possible price developed for the advancement of graphic creation ranging from the realm of graffiti and urban art to fine arts in addition to books, magazines, apparel, and accessories that are part of the graffiti lifestyle and culture.
Artcants is a fine arts and furniture restoration store located in the legendary Encants where you can find an interesting selection of artistic material and novelties for painting, engraving, illustration, design, crafts, or books among others.
Art Hilgard not only sells fine arts materials near you but also shares client experiences in the cosmopolitan and bohemian district of Gràcia.
Shows & Events
Some of the best shows, events, and festivals in your area are:
- Primavera Sound in June
- Festival Grec de Barcelona in June to August
- Cruilla Barcelona in July
- Festa Major de Gràcia in August
- Mira Festival in November
Primavera Sound is a music festival that takes place between the end of May and the beginning of June and the first edition took place at Poble Espanyol in 2001 but it was later moved to the Parc del Frum which is a considerably larger site on the beachfront in 2005. Over the years Primavera Sound has become a meeting place for artists and fans of all ages due to the nature of the event and the diverse spectrum of musicians represented.
The Festival Grec de Barcelona is an international theatre, dance, music, and circus festival that has evolved into a prominent summer attraction in your area.
Another great summer event is the Crulla Festival which is commemorated in the Parc del Frum.
Every year in August the streets of Gràcia come alive with a week-long celebration that transforms the neighbourhood for La Fiesta de Gràcia which is a much-anticipated event in the city’s hectic calendar.
MIRA is a digital arts festival focusing on exhibition, distribution, and education that has been held yearly in Barcelona since 2011 and has also had two editions in Berlin. The festival focuses on the convergence of arts and digital culture providing a program that includes audiovisual events in both traditional and fulldome forms, digital art installations, films, conferences, and workshops.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
If you want to add a new piece to your collection or find out how much something is worth you can go to art dealers and appraisers near you like:
- Artur Ramon Art at C/ de Bailèn 19
- Villa del Arte Galleries at Carrer de la Tapineria 39
- Artevistas at Passatge del Crèdit 4
- Bencinibarcelona at Carrer de les Semoleres 10
Artur Ramon Art is one of the oldest local art galleries around and began as an antique dealer in 1911. Painting and sketching are the principal mediums in which Artur Ramon works from antiquity to the present without omitting the decorative arts.
Villa del Arte represents over 40 national and international artists whose work is presented in four renowned Barcelona and Amsterdam galleries.
Artevistas has more than 50 Spanish and foreign creators perform in a wide range of styles and genres including portraits, abstract art, street art, sculpture, and other forms of art. This collection includes original paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, print-screen, lithographs, and prints.
Bencini is located in the Santa Caterina district and is a creative space on the same road that has quickly become a cultural reference point for the area where their works are shown as well as theatrical, music, and social events.
If you are reading this on a sunny day why not go on an art walking tour?
Artspace Tours is a great way to discover the local street art movement, from the city’s latest graffiti to the hidden artworks and murals that decorate its maze of colourful streets.
The Barcelona Street Style Tour takes its guest in and out of the city’s streets and alleys of the various districts of this grand city. During tours guest will be informed about the emergence of the street art and graffiti while showcasing some of the best art work this city has to offer.
Sculptures & Statues
You can also find some really cool sculptures and statues in your area like:
- Woman & Bird at Carrer de Tarragona 76
- Marc at Av del Litoral 34
- Carmela at Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt 3
- The Couple at Moll de Bosch i Alsina 2
- El Gato de Botero at Rambla del Raval
- La Estrella Herida at Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta
The Woman and Bird Sculpture stands 22 meters tall and is the primary attraction at Joan Miró Park as a slightly phallic tiled figure that was built just a few months before Miro’s death in 1983.
Marc is one of two nearly identical statues by Robert Llimós depicting a colorful genderless neo-expressionist human figure holding a big picture frame through which it is peering.
Carmela is a 2015 artwork by Jaume Plensa which stands 4.5 meters tall and is composed of cast iron.
Lautaro Daz Silva’s The Couple is a somewhat abstract figurative statue which was installed in 1998 depicting a couple sitting and looking out at the boats in the harbor that was created by Chilean artist Lautaro Daz Silva.
Barcelona Art Classes
Whether you are searching for lessons for kids or adults some of the best Barcelona art schools and classes can be found at:
- Escola Massana at Plaça de la Gardunya 9
- Barcelona Academy Of Art at Carrer de la Ciutat de Granada 34
- Academia Taure at Carrer d’Astúries 59
- Llotja at Carrer de la Ciutat de Balaguer 17
- El Torn Barcelona at Carrer de Zamora 46
- Joaquim Santaló at Carrer Monistrol 14
The Escola Massana is Barcelona’s municipal Art and Design center that opened its doors as an academic institution in 1929 and the educational program encompasses three conceptual areas of visual arts, applied arts, and design.
The Barcelona Academy of Art is a high-performance specialized center dedicated to the professional teaching of drawing, painting, and sculpture. It provides students with a solid technical base rooted in traditional methodologies, guaranteeing knowledge and mastery of resources, skills, materials, and speeches suitable to maximize the development of an artistic identity.
Academia Taure is dedicated to the academic teaching of drawing and painting in your area as well as specific courses in comic, illustration, manga, concept art, and creation of characters. The digital arts classroom is equipped with I-MAC, Xp-pen tablets and they have the latest versions of Photoshop and Illustrator.
School of Art and Superior of Design Llotja offers a wide range of specialties and educational levels constituting an almost unique example of interrelation between the various fields of knowledge and artistic creation.
EltornBarcelona is the place to be if you want to experience ceramics in an inspiring environment from learning to having space and infrastructure to create your art.
The Joaquim Santaló Art School is a creative space located in the Gracia neighborhood in which the artist Joaquim Santaló offers painting and drawing classes for kids and adults.
Art classes are also available at other places we have mentioned like Metàfora and Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona.
Studios For Rent Near You
Those of you who are ready to start a big project can try to rent art studios in your area at:
- BienCuadrado Art Gallery at Carrer d’Ataülf 14
- Metàfora: Studio Arts at Carrer de Papin 29
- Alder Art Studios at Carrer de Sagunt 22
Bien Cuadrado is a modern art gallery and workshop in the Gotic district with selected exhibitions that include emerging and mid-career artists in a one-of-a-kind setting that combines a gallery and a working space.
Metàfora is a local autonomous multidisciplinary art school who provides a studio arts program that consists of a three-year visual arts program for students ranging from beginners to advanced art practice. The program is arranged in studio-blocks that begin six times a year and students can enroll for any length of time ranging from six weeks to three years.
Alder Art Studios spans about 500 square meters in four completely adaptable venues, is accessible to all audiences, and is located in the city’s best-connected district. You might also be able to find studio space available Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.
A frame can take a normal looking picture a long way, and some of the best places for art framing in Barcelona are:
- Mil Marcs at Carrer de Girona 122
- Marcs Talla at Carrer de París 158
- Ochoteco at Carrer de Riereta 32
- Ferrer Marcs at Carrer de l’Hospital 122
- Tot Art at Carrer de Sants 3
- Passepartout at Carrer de Sant Marc 28
Since 1972 Mil Marcs has specialized in handcrafted frames and provides specialized help with framing photos, artifacts, and crafts for individuals, businesses, and art galleries.
Marcs Talla has been in the center of Eixample since 1980 building picture frames with amazing skill and numerous years of expertise that have helped him worked for some of the best galleries near you.
The Ochoteco family began manufacturing handcrafted frames in 1965 not only for private consumers but also for professionals. They provide over 700 frame styles from the most reputable Spanish and foreign manufacturers in addition to a large selection of finished frames built and painted by them.
Ferrer Marcs began making and embellishing moldings in 1959 and after ten years he launched his own framing store specializing in highly individualized guidance to people, businesses, art galleries, artists, and decorators.
Tot Art can provide advice on decoration and interior design in addition to frames for pictures, art objects, mirrors, and more.
Passepartout manufactures unique frames in a wide range of styles plus there are also a number of custom-made hand-painted frames to make the experience even more personal.
You might also want to read our posts on:
- The Best Art Schools & Museums in Madrid
- The Best Art Schools & Museums in Valencia
- The Best Art Schools & Museums in Seville
- The Best Art Schools & Museums in Paris
Have Fun Enjoying The Barcelona Art Scene
Well guys, we tried to cover the full art scene near you to the best of our abilities. We listed the best galleries, local museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in the area.
If you made it all the way to the end then you probably love art as much as we do. Feel free to share your own tips and tricks in the comments at the end of the post, and please also let us know if we got anything wrong or if anything we posted has become dated.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Barcelona!