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.
The Museu d’Art Contemporani (MACBA), a luminous building designed by Richard Meier in the old district of El Raval, has been a stimulus in the diffusion and discovery of avant-garde trends.
In addition to the temporary exhibits organized by the museums themselves, accompanying the display of their respective permanent collections, there are numerous exhibitions scheduled at institutions or in the art gallery circuit.
The new site of the Fundació “la Caixa” at Montjuïc, better known as CaixaForum, and the exhibit hall of the Fundació Caixa de Catalunya on the main floor of La Pedrera, always present first class exhibits that produce maximum interest.
We must call attention to the pioneer of all art galleries, Sala Parés, located on one of the most delightful streets in the old quarter near La Rambla called Calle Petritxol. It was here in this gallery, founded in 1877, where the great modernist painters, Casas and Rusiñol exhibited.