Zaragoza may not be as famous as Madrid or Barcelona for its art galleries and museums, but it’s actually home to a great variety, from huge contemporary art museums to small independent galleries, as well as the best art museum dedicated to Francisco de Goya. Here’s our pick of the best art galleries in Zaragoza.
The Museum of Pablo Gargallo showcases the works of the famed Aragonese sculptor, Pablo Gargallo, who lived from 1881-1934. Housed inside an elegant 16th-century building, the museum features the artists’ sculptures, as well as his drawings, sketches and engravings. One of the most notable works on display is the brass sculpture of Kiki de Montparnasse, entitled The Great Prophet.
The Museo de Goya is one of best places to see works by one of Spain’s most celebrated artists – Francisco de Goya. Inside, visitors can see a collection of 15 of his most important works, which date from his youth in Zaragoza (1762-1774) to his time in Bordeaux, where he died in 1828. The rest of the museum features 48 notable works, which were part of the private collection of Camón Aznar.
La Casa Amarilla is an art gallery and bookstore, which showcases various changing exhibitions by local Spanish artists. Some of the artists whose works have been shown here include Paco Algaba, Antúán Duchamp, Iñaki Bergera, Nacho Bolea, and María Buil. It’s a great space for relaxing, as well as for browsing books and inspirational artworks.
La Lonja was built between 1541 and 1551 and was used as the city’s centre for commercial exchange. The finest example of Renaissance style in the city, it was influenced by both Florentine and Mudéjar architecture. Since the beginning of the 20th century, however, it has been Zaragoza’s most important exhibition space, hosting the biggest and best travelling art exhibitions.
The Aragonese Institute of Contemporary Art and Culture may look more like a giant transformer than an art gallery, but that’s exactly what it is. The centre is dedicated to modern and contemporary art, showcasing works from the greats, including Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Andy Warhol. The centre is most well known, however, for housing a vast collection of pieces by the Aragonese sculptor Pablo Serrano (1908 – 1985). The Galería A del Arte is located right in the heart of the city and has been around for the last ten years. It showcases a range of changing contemporary art exhibitions, which feature everything from painting and sculpture to photography. It displays works by local artists including Natalio Bayo, Teresa Salcedo and Paco Algaba. Calle Bernardo Fita, 19, Zaragoza, Spain +34 976 22 17 57
The Palacio de Sástago is a beautifully restored Renaissance palace, which sits in the centre of the city. Today, it’s used as a government building, apart from the elegant interior patio, which is an art gallery. Exhibits here change all the time, so there’s a new surprise each time you visit.