This museum contains the most important collection of paintings, drawings and sketches from the early years of Pablo Picasso, especially those between 1895 and 1904.
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Barcelona’s passion for music is firmly bound to its opera tradition. The Gran Teatre del Liceu on La Rambla is the best exponent. Inaugurated in the mid-nineteenth century and recently rebuilt after a fire in 1994, it is a symbol of the city, along with universal opera stars Montserrat Caballé and Josep Carreras.
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Not to be outdone, activity in the domain of theater and dance also has a great tradition in Barcelona. You need only look at what’s on at the theater to get an idea of the creativity and enormous variety offered in the different theaters.
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Throughout the streets and public areas of Barcelona, works of art and artistic expressions by a variety of artists are displayed. The central area of the Eixample, known popularly as the ‘Quadrat d’Or’ (Golden Quadrant), is a genuine outdoor museum where visitors can admire the most singular modernist buildings and the characteristic profusion in the use of applied arts which inspired this movement at the turn of the century.
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The performing arts play an important role in Barcelona’s cultural panorama, we must not overlook the prominent place occupied by the visual arts. Barcelona’s artistic heritage, housed in over forty museums in the city, includes works by such universal artists as Picasso, Miró and Tàpies.
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Sampling the local gastronomy is, besides being a cultural event, a pleasure to the senses. Catalonian cuisine is emblematic of the Mediterranean diet, employing that essential staple, olive oil, in garnishing and cooking the freshest ingredients the land and sea have to offer.
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Some dates are extra special on a city’s calendar and must not be forgotten. The most important ones are described below. The evening of January fifth, the night before Epiphany, the entire city takes to the streets to watch the Procession of the Three Wise Men. Before the astonished look of the littlest ones, the Three Kings from the Orient are received with all the honors.
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Barcelona’s summer festival, popularly know as Festival Grec, is the most significant cultural event held in the city on warm summer nights. From the end of June until the beginning of August, theater, dance and music flood the stages and take to the street to show off the latest trends in performing arts and contemporary music.
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