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Casa Museo José Benlliure

This house recreates the atmosphere in which Jose Benlliure and his family lived, typical of a bourgeois household from the end of XIX century. The visitors' lounge, the study, the dining-room and the bed-room are all worthy of note, as are the paintings, the ceramics, sculptures and drawings by the Benlliure brothers, and the works of Sorolla and Muñoz Degraín amongst other Valencia painters.


MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona

Through the Collection and the exhibition/activities calendar, the MACBA hopes to construct a critical memory of Art of the latter half of the 20th century. The MACBA Collection, which starts in roughly 1950, consists of many works from Catalonian, Spanish and International artists. Though not an anthology, it is a thorough overview of the fundamental aspects of Contemporary Art which hopes to promote both exercises and education in critical memory.The MACBA building was designed by American architect Richard Meier.


MNCARS - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) aims to encourage public access to the various manifestations of modern and contemporary art in order to increase knowledge, promote development, and favour the social communication of art. Highlights of the museum include excellent collections of Spain’s two greatest 20th century masters, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Certainly the most famous masterpiece in the museum is Picasso’s great painting Guernica. The Reina Sofía also has fine collections of the works of Juan Gris, Joan Miró, Julio González, Eduardo Chillida, Pablo Palazuelo, Antoni Tàpies, Pablo Gargallo, Lucio Muñoz, Luis Gordillo, Jorge Oteiza, José Luis Gutiérrez Solana and many other significant artists.


Museo Barbier - Mueller Barcelona

The rooms dedicated to Pre-Colombian Art in the Barbier-Mueller Museum invite the viewer to contemplate the works as key expressions of the cultures they represent. The collection covers most of the styles that exist in the pre-Hispanic cultures of Meso-America, Central America, Andean America, and the Amazon region. The sculptures, ceramics, fabrics and ritual objects on display take us back to a time when the unforeseen discovery of a new continent transformed our understanding of the world.


Museo Canario

The Canarian Museum is a scientific and cultural institution founded in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 1879. The Canarian Museum currently aims its efforts at the preservation, research and exhibition of its archeological and documentary collections. Endowed with a library, a periodicals library and an archive specialized in Canarian subjects, the museum offers its services to researchers, students and the general public.


Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao

Notable for the lengthy period it covers (from the 12th century to the present day) and the extraordinary variety of art works acquired since its inception, the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum collection currently boasts more than six thousand works including paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and objects from the decorative arts. Highlights: Van Dyck, Murillo, El Greco, Zurbarán, Goya y Chillida. 


Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, designed by North American architect Frank O. Gehry, is a magnificent example of the most groundbreaking architecture to have come out of the 20th century. From its inception in 1997, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s acquisition program has focused on art from the mid-20th century to the present, complementing the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s renowned holdings while establishing its own identity.


Museo Nacional del Prado

The Museum offers masterpieces such as The Annunciation by Fra Angelico, Christ washing the Disciples’ Feet by Tintoretto, The Descent from the Cross by Rogier van der Weyden, The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymous Bosch, and The Three Graces by Rubens; including also key works of Spanish art such as Las Meninas by Velázquez, Jacob’s Dream by Ribera and The Third of May: the Executions on Príncipe Pío by Goya.


Museo Picasso Barcelona

The Museu Picasso of Barcelona is the centre of information and background for the early years of learning of Pablo Picasso. Jaume Sabartés, his close friend ever since their youth and personal secretary from 1935 onwards, donated his own personal collection of Picasso paintings to the city of Barcelona. In this way, he became the driving force behind the creation of a Museu Picasso in Barcelona, the first anywhere in the world and the only one created while Picasso was still alive. In 1970, Picasso himself donated nearly a thousand more works that had been kept in his family’s Barcelona residence. As a result, the City Council made available the Palace next door, the Castellet. These works, together with 58 magnificent paintings that go to make up the Las Meninas series, made the Museu Picasso of Barcelona the not-to-be-missed central point for anybody interested in knowing more about the artist’s work.
Image: © Museu Picasso, Barcelona 2008
Foto: Ronald Stallard


Museo Picasso Málaga

The Museo Picasso Málaga is run by the Fundación Museo Picasso de Málaga and the Fundación Paul, Christine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso. The Palacio de Buenavista houses the Collection of the Museo Picasso Málaga. Located in the heart of the old city, the building is a magnificent example of 16th-century Andalusian architecture with its characteristic mixture of Renaissance and Mudéjar elements.


Museo Thyssen - Bornemisza

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation, under the patronage of His Majesty Don Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, is a non-profit organisation founded with the purpose of conserving, studying, exhibiting and publicising the collections of art displayed at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. A visit to the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza spans more than 700 years of the History of Art and features masterpieces of painting, from the Gothic painting, Italian and Dutch primitives until Surrealism, figurative tradition and Pop Art.



Museu d’Art

The Museu d’Art de Girona was founded in 1976. This museum is located in the former Episcopal Palace next to the Cathedral. It has an important art collection dating form the pre-Roman period through the 20th century. Their collections of Roman and Gothic pieces are amongst the best in Catalonia, and it is indeed considered the third best Catalan museum as regard works from this period. The Girona Art Museum can also be considered as the Catalan museum -after the National Museum of Catalonia- which presents the most complete diachronic art collection. The Girona Art Museum is a basic infrastructure of the cultural fabric of the region of Girona, of the dynamism and quality of their temporary exhibitions.


Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

The MNAC embraces all the arts (sculpture, painting, objets d’art, drawing, engraving, posters, photography and coinage) and has the task of explaining the general history of Catalan art from the Romanesque period to the mid-twentieth century. In the case of the Romanesque and Gothic collections, this discourse is characterized by the Catalan provenance of most of the pieces, although, particularly in the Gothic, comparisons are made with art from other provenances. With regard to the Renaissance and Baroque collections, the works included lead to a more international discourse, with the work of great painters, such as El Greco, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Cranach, Rubens... The MNAC art collections from the end of the nineteenth century and the early decades of the twentieth century are once again mostly made up of the work of Catalan artists, forming a discourse which explains Modernisme, Noucentisme and the Avant-garde, always taking into account all the arts.


Palacio Real de Madrid

The Palacio Real de Madrid (Royal Palace of Madrid) is the official residence of His Majesty the King of Spain who makes use of it for official ceremonies, though not residing there. The decoration of the Royal Palace has evolved over time in accordance with the styles prevailing at different moments. From the reign of King Charles III are the Throne Room, the King’s Chamber (or Gasparini Room) and the Porcelain Room, a masterpiece produced by the Royal Factory of El Buen Retiro.
Rich materials were used for the construction and decoration: Spanish marble, gilded stucco, mahogany in doors and windows; and important works of art include frescoes by the principal artists of the period, Giaquinto, Tiepolo and Mengs, and their Spanish followers Bayeu and Maella.


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