In addition to Barcelona’s prestigious centres of contemporary art, such as MACBA, Museu Picasso and CCCB, numerous independent galleries across the city have become exciting meeting points for art enthusiasts and collectors alike.
From Modernist architecture to Joan Miró’s Surrealism or the abstract Informalism of Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona has a long-standing bond with the arts and visual culture that has transformed the city into one of the main cultural hubs in Europe. Here we explore some of the best contemporary art galleries and cutting-edge art venues in Barcelona, an unmissable cultural destination in Spain.
The adn galeria is located in the busy Enrique Granados street, which is full of restaurants and bars. The gallery started as a hybrid platform between commercial mediation and cultural contribution and doesn’t shy away from from fostering a debate about modern society or featuring politically engaged artists such as Jordi Colomer, Núria Güell, Adrian Melis, Carlos Aires or the Democracia collective. The exhibitions display reflections upon the social context and the role of art in today’s world.
Located in the heart of the central Raval neighbourhood and close to Barcelona’s contemporary art museum (MACBA), Àngels Barcelona is a well-established gallery that focusses on the most experimental art trends. It showcases works by renowned local and international artists such as Joan Fontcuberta, Pep Agut and Harun Farocki, using different artistic media to spark debate on contemporary culture. Conscious about their educational purpose, they also host in-gallery internship programmes.
A pioneer on Barcelona’s art scene since opening in 1976, Joan Prats Art Gallery takes part in some of the main contemporary art fairs in the world, such as ARCO in Madrid, Art Basel and Art Basel Miami. Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Carles Congost and Perejaume are a few of the artists who have exhibited their latest creations in this space, where all kinds of artistic disciplines have a say. Sometimes the gallery also hosts guided visits, as a commitment to the dissemination of art knowledge.
With 200 square metres (2,153 square feet) of exhibition area, Estrany de la Mota is a subterranean contemporary art gallery located in the dynamic Eixample district, not far from ProjecteSD and adn galleries. Opened in 1996, this art space features both established and budding artists, in an attempt to promote a dialogue between the two artistic generations. Ignasi Aballí, Martí Anson, Francesc Ruiz and Ana Prada are among the most renowned artists to have exhibited here.
Specialising in contemporary photography, Fifty Dots showcases work by local and international rising photo talents such as Lídia Vives, Irene Cruz or Aida Pascual. Other than the exhibition area, there is a space dedicated to the sale of limited and certified editions. The gallery is also part of Unseen Platform, an international project for the promotion of boundary-pushing artists and the latest photography trends, and they take part in international annual fairs such as Fotofever París, MIA Photo Fair and Art Up.
This article is an updated version of a story created by Cristina Villadóniga.