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The Catalan capital is home to a thriving art scene, both contemporary and classic, which can be enjoyed and admired in its many galleries and museums. From some of the most famous names in the world of art to emerging artists waiting for their first big break, there’s something for everyone in Barcelona. Read on to find out which are the most unmissable gallery exhibitions taking place in the city this winter.
This multidisciplinary art space opened its doors in the heart of Barcelona’s vibrant El Raval neighbourhood back in 2004 and has rapidly emerged as one of the city’s most dynamic art spaces. In addition to its exhibitions, it organises music nights, workshops and festivals open to the public throughout the year. This winter, it is welcoming back artist Daniel José Cabrera Castro aka “El Dibujo”, or “The drawing”, with an exhibition entitled El Conejo – a tribute to the eponymous characters the artist perceives as being hyper-sensitive to their environments at times of emotional fragility.
Open since 1992, the Senda Gallery is committed to contemporary art and has a history of promoting young talent from Spain and abroad. This exhibition, entitled Bosc Blanc, which means “white forest” in Catalan, will be the first exhibition by artist Jaume Plensa to take place in his native city in over seven years. Featuring large sculptures of children and women’s faces, the exhibition invites contemplation and introspection in the face of these moving alabaster creations.
The first Marlborough Gallery opened its doors in London back in 1946 and progressively expanded across the world. Here in Barcelona, the Marlborough Gallery established itself in 2006 and since then has exhibited work by artists from across Europe and the USA. This winter, the gallery will be featuring Spanish artist Jaume Correa who trained at the Fine Arts School in Madrid. His work is said to evoke the ancient frescos found in Pompeii, Naples, and Rome, and the exhibition focuses on his most recent work, from 2014 until the current day.
Set up as an addition to the adjacent Sala Parés – alleged to be one of the oldest art galleries in Spain – the Gallery Trama focuses on contemporary artworks by local and foreign artists. This winter, they will be showcasing the work of Germán Portal, who studied fine art in Barcelona and Italy before taking part in a number of exhibitions across Europe. He is currently enjoying a residency at the Hangar studios in the Catalan capital, having received numerous grants from local and national bodies.
Open since the mid-1970s, the Joan Prats Gallery is one of the pioneers of contemporary art in Barcelona, having for a long time led the way in terms of exhibiting up-and-coming artists from Spain and Europe. The Catalan artist Alfons Borell, known for his figurative and abstract work, was the the subject of a great retrospective at the Fundació Joan Miró back in 2015, while this exhibition concentrates on the artist’s most recent creations.
The ADN Gallery focuses on lesser-known artists, most of which are based in Barcelona, and it is a great place for those looking to search out a diamond in the rough. This winter, the gallery is showcasing work by Virginie Barré and Bruno Peinado in an exhibition entitled Soft Power, referring to the politics of implication in the facts and experiences that happen in daily life.
One of Barcelona’s most up-and-coming galleries, the Blue Project Foundation is located in the trendy El Born district and is also popular for its adjacent raw-vegan cafeteria. This winter, it is presenting the latest solo exhibition by artist Alicia Framis as part of the artist’s ongoing “Forbidden Rooms” project. Here, she presents a space filled with books which have been censored or caused their authors to be persecuted in some way, inviting us to reflect on the power of both the books and the censorship.
The 3 Punts Gallery is one of the largest in Barcelona, and its spacious rooms mean that it is suited to most artistic formats. This winter, the gallery has invited some of the their favourite up-and-coming artists to exhibit a collection of hand-picked artworks that have become most representative of the artists, and the gallery, over the past few years. The show will be featuring work from artists such as Alejandro Monge, Eine, and Mr. Brainwash.
This contemporary art gallery is best known in the art world for its ongoing collaboration programme, whereby it seeks to set up partnerships between emerging artists and more established artists. This is the second time the gallery is dedicating a solo show to artist Christoph Webber, showcasing the artist’s known ability to defy the quality of the materials he works with and his interest in the process-based approach to art.
The Victor Lope Gallery has made a name for itself by displaying artwork by some of the most in vogue artists in Barcelona, both emerging and more established. On this occasion, they are exhibiting the work of French female artist Miss Van, who first began her career as a street artist before moving on to more traditional canvas work. Her drawings and paintings are intimate and sensitive, evoking romanticism, femininity, and eros.