- Tara Jessop
It’s perhaps no surprise that Barcelona – once home to greats such as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí – continues to have a thriving art scene. Whether it’s exhibitions at the cutting edge MACBA Museum of Contemporary Art, or the latest opening at one of the city’s underground galleries, there’s plenty to keep art lovers busy. Check out these great blogs for all the latest arts news, reviews and events.
This Spanish language blog was started by art history student Rosa Bastos as a way of helping to promote local and national art and culture. The range of mediums she covers in ARTiculación Cultural is broad, including sculpture, painting, photography and the performing arts, offering a ‘birds eye view’ of the contemporary art scene. The blog mostly features interviews with local artists and reviews of current exhibitions, as well as feature pieces on projects and events. ARTiculación Cultural was a finalist in the Setdart Awards for best art blog in 2014.
The CCCB Blog
The Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) is one of the city’s most avant-garde cultural institutions, offering a full program of events, exhibitions, workshops and talks. They are truly multi-disciplinary, at the intersection of art, design, philosophy, science and more. While the CCCB’s blog mostly discusses themes, artists and exhibitions featured at the centre, the scope is broad enough to make this a great source of information for anyone interested in contemporary art. Also worth noting is that it is one of the few also available in English.
CCCB, Carrer de Montalegre, 5, 08001 Barcelona, Spain +34 933 06 41 00
Arts Santa Monica Blog
The Arts Santa Monica Centre is dedicated to exploring creativity and innovation in today’s digital culture by showcasing and promoting arts, cross-cutting disciplines, experimentation, risk and new areas of research. Their blog is a great place to find out about up-coming arts-related events taking place in Barcelona but also full of videos from past events and exhibitions.
Arts Santa Monica, La Rambla, 7, 08002 Barcelona, Spain +34 935 67 11 10
Located in Barcelona’s hip El Born neighbourhood, Base Elements is first and foremost a contemporary art gallery with a penchant for all things street art and urban culture. However their blog is a great resource for information about the latest news and events from the world of street art, with profiles on some of the their favourite artists as well as updates on current or up-and-coming projects in Spain and elsewhere.
Base Elements, Carrer del Palau, 6, 08002 Barcelona, Spain +34 932 68 83 12
Street Art Barcelona
The Catalan capital is famous for its street art. So much so that these days some people visit the city on a mission to hunt down the latest piece by one of the local street art masters. Fortunately, you can save yourself some of the leg work by checking out the Barcelona Street Art blog, which keeps followers up to date not only with the freshest creations in Barcelona but also with street art news from across the globe. The blog is rich in images and has one of the best online galleries of Barcelona’s street art today.