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5 must-see exhibitions

The arrival of fall always brings with it a renewed desire to see exhibitions. This is clearly one of the most challenging years for all industries, but the arts and culture sector has been particularly hard hit. 

Several exhibitions were canceled as a result of the lockdown, but the onset of fall offers art lovers several interesting options in Barcelona. Let’s take a look at 5 exhibitions that you should absolutely mark in your calendar. Here we go.

Photo: Fundació Antoni Tàpies

Tàpies at 30 at Fundació Tàpies

This is one of the most active art foundations in the city and a visit to its exhibitions is always worthwhile. As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, the foundation is looking back at the decade between 1953 and 1963. The artist Antoni Tàpies was in his thirties then and really coming into his own with his first exhibitions and early accolades.

The exhibition is showing pieces from the family’s own collection, along with works on loan from other museums and private collections. The selection features artworks from this particular chapter in Tàpies’s life which are not well known to the general public.

The exhibition runs from October 3rd through June 6th.

Photo: Pablo Picasso. ‘Estudio para Viejo pescador’. Málaga, 1895. MPB 111171. Cuaderno MPB 110.913. Museu Picasso Barcelona © Successió Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid 2020

Picasso, The Sketchbooks at the Museu Picasso

The pictorial theme continues with an exhibition at the Museo Picasso, Picasso, The Sketchbooks. It centers on 19 sketchbooks in which the artist practiced and experimented with creative solutions. These exquisite drawings offer a glimpse into his technique, his process, and the subject matter he chose. The exhibition opens on December 18th and runs through April 5th.

Photo: Fundación Vila Casas

Capsules from Lockdown: Art and Pandemic in Catalonia at Fundació Vila Casas

The exhibition Capsules from Lockdown: Art and Pandemic in Catalonia grew out of a virtual project called Capsules from Lockdown that the Fundació Vila Casas initiated after the state of emergency and subsequent lockdown were declared. They asked various artists about their experience in confinement and how this was affecting their creative process. The result is a group exhibition with works by Carlos Pazos, Anna Malagrida, Jordi Mitjà, Eulàlia Valldosera, Antoni Llena, Àngels Ribé, Ignasi Aballí, David Bestué, Eugènia Balcells, Mabel Palacín, Serra de Rivera, Jordi Bernadó, Yago Hortal, and Marcos Palazzi, to name a few of the hundred or so artists who participated. 

The exhibition runs from October 5th through January 24th.

Photo: Fundación Mapfre

Bill Brandt at the KBr Photography Center Fundación MAPFRE

Photography lovers are in luck. On October 9th, the KBr Photography Center Fundación MAPFRE in Port Olímpic opened with the work of Bill Brandt, one of the founders of modern photography. The exhibition comprises 200 photographs spanning five decades which hold up a mirror to mid-twentieth-century British society.

The exhibition runs through January 24th, 2021.

Photo: Fina Miralles “Translacions. Dona-arbre” 1973 (Macba)

Fina Miralles: I Am All the Selves that I Have Been at Macba

We’ll conclude our selected exhibitions with the Fina Miralles retrospective at Macba. Miralles is one of the most renowned Catalan artists of the 1970s, and her work conveys the relationship between art and nature, the body, and society. The exhibition opens on November 5th and runs through April 5th.

These 5 recommendations are just a fraction of everything there is to see. Which one is your top pick? Will you have time to see them all? Tell us about it!