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Several museums and foundations and most galleries in Barcelona specialize in contemporary art. The galleries often present national artists or emerging art, while museums bring international art exhibitions or propose re-readings of their collections.

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May 2016
8€

Paul McCarthy

25 May 2016 - 16 July 2017
Fundació Gaspar, Montcada, 25, 08003 Barcelona España + Google Map

McCarthy's works include performance, installation, film and "painting as action". His points of reference are rooted, on the one hand, in things typically American, such as Disneyland, B-Movies, Soap Operas and Comics – he is a critical analyst of the mass media and consumer-driven American society and its hypocrisy, double standards and repression. On the other hand, it is European avant-garde art that has had the most influence on his artistic form language. Such influences include the Lost Art Movement,…

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March 2017
3€

FREDERIC AMAT. Zootrop

21 March - 13 July
La Pedrera, Passeig de Gràcia, 92, 08008 Barcelona España + Google Map

Frederic Amat (Barcelona, 1952), mainly known as a painter and stage designer, is one of the most outstanding creative talents on the contemporary Catalan art scene. His open concept of painting has led him to integrate many artistic languages into his work. The exhibition “FREDERIC AMAT. Zoetrope” at La Pedrera presents a selection of designs for actions in natural and urban public spaces, usually linked to architecture, with the aim of creating a map or topography of his work, while…

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4€

Oriol Vilapuig. The Sexual Night

23 March - 2 September
Fundación Suñol, Passeig de Gràcia, 98 08008 Barcelona   Spain + Google Map

Under the title The sexual night, taken from the homonym book by Pascal Quignard, the artist Oriol Vilapuig (Sabadell, 1964) assembles his work on seven different areas and one preface. Two central concepts constitute the exhibition: forms of resistance and survival that affect certain feelings of loss and fear, and eroticism understood as a form of overflow from an extreme voluptuousness, embarrassment and dismay, insisting also on its sacred and ontological aspect. +info

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Free

136 jours – Angel Corral

23 March - 14 July
Institut Français Barcelona, Moià, 8, 08006 Barcelona + Google Map

From March 1 to July 14, Angel Corral will develop his "136 jours" art project by transforming the gallery of the French Institute of Barcelona as a work space, his studio, in the open space of reflection. It is a pilot project, and for the first time in the Institute, which will house several months the creation of new works and several events like the VERNISSAGE (Thursday, March 23, between 20:00 and 21:30) where we have the pleasure of Invite…

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April 2017
Free

Brain… Glitter – Jack Davidson

6 April - 30 June
Tat Art Barcelona, Mèxic, 19 08004 Barcelona España + Google Map

TAT ART BARCELONA is pleased to announce the opening of brain ... glitter, an individual exhibition by artist Jack Davidson, a Scottish painter based in Barcelona. The exhibition, which is the first that the gallery dedicates to the artist, will open on Thursday, April 6 from 7.30 pm and will remain open to the public until June 30, 2017. +info

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10€

Forensic Architecture – Towards an Investigative Aesthetics

28 April - 15 October
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

In recent years the little-known research group Forensic Architecture began using novel research methods to undertake a series of investigations into human rights abuses. While providing crucial evidence for international courts and working with a wide range of activist groups, NGOs, Amnesty International and the UN, Forensic Architecture has not only shed new light on human rights violations and state crimes across the globe, it has also given rise to a new form of investigative practice, to which it has…

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May 2017
Free

Torrent Echidna Attractor. Lucía C. Pino

4 May - 3 September
Arts Santa Mónica, La Rambla, 7, 08002 Barcelona España + Google Map

Exposition 04:05 - 09/03/2017 Level 0 Liberty is a practice ... liberty is what we must be exercised. Céline Condorelli. It is an ethical exercise to more generously distribute the value of all bodies as such. Understanding matter as something alive, as something that has a capacity for action, will not solve problems like human exploitation, but will realize that we are immersed in a dense network of relationships that suppresses any attempt at autonomy in the world. In her…

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Free

Subirachs. Work on paper and sculpture (1957-2008)

4 May - 30 September
Galería Eude, Consell de Cent, 278 08007 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

Josep Maria Subirachs (Barcelona, ​​1927-2014), sculptor, painter, draftsman and engraver. Galeria Eude organizes an exhibition to commemorate the 90th anniversary of his birth. The Subirachs exhibition in Eude focuses on original ink drawings, etchings and lithographs (his preferred printing techniques) and small sculptures of small format. The work of Subirachs is characterized by the analysis of dualities and oppositions: horizontal-vertical, positive-negative, masculine-feminine, space-time, life-death. The topics are: Architectural elements of the Pharaonic and Greco-Roman world. Tributes to characters admired by…

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Free

Carlos Franco – The willow sings

10 May - 30 June
Galería Miguel Marcos, Jonqueres, 10 08003 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

Said the Greek philosopher Aristotle: The aim of art is to represent not the external appearance of things, but their inner meaning. The work that Carlos Franco presents in the Galería Miguel Marcos from May 10, under the title Canta el sauce, induces the viewer to make an introspective journey, through a thematic apparently heterogenous, but with the human condition as subtle Thread of different situations, real ones and other apocryphal. After his previous exhibition Ecos Revertidos (September-October-2013), in which…

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4€

CAMINS ENCONTRATS – ANTONI MIRALDA. Works 1977 and 2003-2007

17 May - 2 September
Fundación Suñol, Passeig de Gràcia, 98 08008 Barcelona   Spain + Google Map

The Suñol Foundation presents the second exhibition of Caminos Enconts, a project that aims to explore the scope of the exhibition system in the Vertients of analysis of the work of art, super exposition, Procedures that involve it, the author and the collection to which it belongs , Offering the public the maximum aesthetic and intellectual enjoyment of the art experience. The project started with the exhibition of two works by Joan Rabascall in 2016 and is in the process…

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Free

International Airport

17 May - 30 September
3 Punts Galería, Enric Granados, 21 08007 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

Collective exhibition with a selection of works of universal theme in different disciplines realized by artists with a solid international projection.

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10€

Collection MACBA. Martha Rosler: God Bless America!

18 May - 15 October
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

A pioneer in the use of video as a tool for social and political analysis in the 1970s, Martha Rosler (New York, 1943) continues to challenge Western ways of life. For almost fifty years of artistic practice and with a recognized international trajectory, his proposals provide a critical look at the myths and realities of contemporary culture. Rosler incorporates his literary training and his interest in textuality to a visual work that updates the direct language of pop art along…

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Free

Eugenio Merino & Tobias Bernstrup – Home Swiss Home / South of Heaven

20 May - 31 August
ADN Galería, Enric Granados, 49 08008 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

20/05/2017 12.00h - Opening at ADN Galeria (Enric Granados 49, Barcelona). Eugenio Merino - "Home Swiss Home". Tobias Bernstrup-"South of Heaven". Tobias Bernstrup´s South of Heaven (2014) is inspired by Caspar David Friedrich's Friedhof im Schnee, destroyed in 1945. The artist recreates the painting's landscape to create a memory from a fictive place and reminds us how man's dreams of ideal worlds end often in destruction. On the other hand, Eugenio Merino (Madrid, 1975) shows naked truths and unveils uncomfortable…

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Free

Anna Malagrida: “Cristal House”

23 May - 7 July
Galería Senda, Trafalgar, 32 08008, Barcelona España + Google Map

After being exhibited at Centre Pompidou, Cristal House is presented for the first time in Barcelona. Anna Malagrida draws upon photography, text and video in order to capture the dreams and hopes of the gamblers -immigrants who search for a better life.

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Free

Threshing machines

23 May - 28 July
àngels barcelona, Pintor Fortuny, 27 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

A new project by Pedro G Romero in which the artist's unique operations are presented before, after and during his work with Archivo F.X, and with which the author continues his interest in the social production of value, General Intellect. In this same sense, he has created, with Israel Galván and El Niño de Elche, his presentation in DOCUMENTA 14. The works included here are not collaborative, nor do they unite cooperative wills, nor do they even appeal to any…

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Free

Martín Vitaliti – Diana’s two handkerchiefs

25 May - 14 July
etHALL, Joaquín Costa, 30 08001 Barcelona España + Google Map

The exhibition The Two Handkerchiefs of Diana is the third individual exhibition of Martín Vitaliti (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1978) in etHALL. The work of the artist has been characterized by developing an investigation on the semiotic and linguistic foundations of the graphic cartoon. To this end, it recovers images of this genre to analyze the resources on which it is based. On this occasion, it focuses on the ellipsis of times and intermediate spaces, the artificial sensation of figurative movement…

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Free

Soledad Sevilla – Genesis

25 May - 1 July
Galería Marlborough Barcelona, Enric Granados, 68, 08008 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

Marlborough Barcelona is pleased to present Genesis, an exhibition of the artist Soledad Sevilla, the most important Spanish painter of her generation. The exhibition exhibits more than a dozen works of different formats and periods, outstanding examples of its artistic trajectory, that span more than four decades of work. Throughout his long artistic career Soledad Sevilla (Valencia, 1944) shows an invariable concern for the relations between space, light, matter and color. His method of work is through pictorial series that…

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Free

Marina Núñez – Post, trans

25 May - 29 July
Rocio Santa Cruz Art, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 627, 08010 Barcelona España + Google Map

Post refers to after, Trans refers us to the other side of. Post-humanism and Transhumanism are widely used terms today, they appear to be opposites but often come to mean the same thing: an overcoming of the human condition as understood so far. An exhibition that oscillates between the generic of both prefixes, thinking about the human body and its identity, evoking a 'post' future, but also alluding to a rupture of 'trans' boundaries, as in the series of two…

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4€

Tony Oursler – L-7, L-5 / Imponderable

27 May - 3 September
CaixaForum, Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8 08038 Barcelona España + Google Map

This exhibition brings together two works produced 32 years apart from Tony Oursler, one of the pioneers of video art. Both works have in common the experimentation of illusionistic effects with the image and the exploration of supernatural beliefs. Tony Oursler is an artist who has always been interested in the subcultures and the marginal voices of American society that murmur under the dominating noise of the media. He is also a tireless researcher of the technologies of the image…

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Free

Jochen Lempert: Zostera & Posidonia

27 May - 22 July
ProjecteSD, Passatge Mercader, 8, 08008 Barcelona + Google Map

INAUGURACIÓ / INAUGURACIÓN / oPENING 27.05.2017, 12.00 h EXPOSICIÓ / EXPOSICIÓN / EXHIBITION 28.05 - 22.07.2017   On the track of a scientific approach, the pursuit of a trail, the exploration and discovery of form, liberated from objective gestures, Jochen Lempert´s work approaches photographic visual and research areas, often with the aim of questioning the criteria of the search for truth and the models of the world. He searches for the animal world in places where its occurence is not…

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June 2017
Free

Jordi Alcaraz

8 June - 26 July
Galería Joan Prats, Balmes, 54 08007 Barcelona  España + Google Map

Opening 8/06, 7.30 09/06 - 07/07, 2017 The Joan Prats Gallery presents the new exhibition by Jordi Alcaraz, which gathers nearly twenty unpublished works produced in 2017. The artist proposes an itinerary where the dialogue that takes place between the works and the spectator becomes fundamental. A dialogue that often moves away from words to give way to admiration, contemplation and interest in understanding the subtle, silent and dreamlike atmosphere that surrounds your universe. The auto-takes a new importance from…

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Free

Escape and Capture

8 June - 30 June
N2 Galería, Enric Granados, 61 08008 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

We invite you to the inauguration of the exhibitions 'Fuga y Captura' by the artist Victòria Rabal and 'Tempus-Spatium' by Javier León Pérez. VICTORY RABAL is known for its paper work and the Gyotaku, but this time it also has works in steel and glass. 'Between strength and softness, flight and capture, the mind proposes, hands find and matter responds'. We will have the presence of the artist. We wait for you!

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6€

Björk Digital

14 June - 24 September
CCCB, Montalegre, 5 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

«Björk Digital» is an immersive virtual reality exhibition featuring digital and video works from the collaboration of this iconic Icelandic artist and some of the best visual programmers and artists in the world. The exhibition, which reaches the CCCB after its passage through Tokyo, Sydney, Montreal, Reykjavik, London and Los Angeles is a unique opportunity to visit the exhibition in our country.

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Free

Lightforms / Soundforms. Brian Eno

14 June - 2 October
Arts Santa Mónica, La Rambla, 7, 08002 Barcelona España + Google Map

Lightforms / Soundforms is, to date, the world's most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the work of Brian Eno as an artist. For the occasion, the artist has created the piece New Space Music, a musical installation specifically conceived for his visit and to be listened to in the Max Cahner Cloister in Arts Santa Mònica. The exhibition also includes his icon installation 77 Million Paintings (which will occupy the centre's second floor), a huge generative audio-visual installation. This means that the…

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7€

Allan Sekula. Collective Sisyphus

14 June - 25 September
Fundación Antoni Tàpies, Aragó, 255 08007 Barcelona  + Google Map

The artist’s first individual exhibition in Spain. The Fundació will show the work in which Sekula observes and analyses the impact of maritime economy on the incipient globalisation of the 1990s, as well as the new moral premises imposed by neoliberalism.

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Free

Things Only I Know About Tim / Things Only I Know About Wieteke

15 June - 9 September
Hans & Fritz Contemporary, San Gil 17, 08001 Barcelona España + Google Map

Exhibition: THINGS ONLY I KNOW ABOUT TIM / THINGS ONLY I KNOW ABOUT WIETEKE Artists: TIM BREUKERS (NL) & WIETEKE HELDENS (NL) 15.06.2017 – 09.09.2017 Vernissage: 15.06.2017 > 20 hr HANS & FRITZ CONTEMPORARY is glad to present the exhibition THINGS ONLY I KNOW ABOUT TIM / THINGS ONLY I KNOW ABOUT WIETEKE by the Dutch artists TIM BREUKERS and WIETEKE HELDENS. This is their first duo show together displaying an installation of sculptures, paintings, drawings and video. The exhibition…

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Free

Jose Dávila

20 June - 29 October
Blueproject Foundation, Princesa 57 - 08003 Barcelona España + Google Map

Blueproject Foundation presents "Every Blind Wondering Ends in a Circle", the first solo show of the Mexican artist Jose Dávila in Barcelona. The exhibition, which can be seen in Il Salotto from June 20th to October 29th, 2017, presents 4 sculptures from the series Joint Effort, a group of works in which the artist reflects on the attraction and tension between the materials, emphasizing, in this case, the relationship of transparency and opacity. The sculptures convey simultaneously the interests of…

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Free

Agency in future – Not all visible nothing transparent

20 June - 23 July
Arts Santa Mónica, La Rambla, 7, 08002 Barcelona España + Google Map

"Agency in the future - Not all visible nothing transparent" Javier Peñafiel 20 June - 23 July 2017 Arts Santa Monica Space residence Investing the exhibitionism of the personal exhibition, "Agencia en porvenir" presents an exercise of recovery and cleanliness of the work of Javier Peñafiel, in which essay and biography hybridize, focusing attention on the characteristic "enigmas" that inhabit it. Through these phrases, radical in their ambiguity and hiding authentic critical essays on contemporaneity, the exposition reflects on the…

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Free

Sassy, Olarn Chiaravanont

27 June - 29 July
Bombon projects, Trafalgar 45, 08010 Barcelona España + Google Map

Opening Dimarts 27.06.2017 a les 19.30h. At 18:30 talks between the artist and Michael Lawton, curator of the exhibition. “A pink-skin-coloured plant had furled itself along the structure overhead. Its meaty tendrils were so thick and sinewy that I felt I could hear it creak, growing above me in real time. Not for the first time I thought that this was a tactic on the part of the zookeeper to put me off my game, likewise the one-eyed birds that…

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Free

Constructible Atmospheres – Iñigo Arregi

29 June - 28 July
Victor Lope Arte Contemporáneo, Aribau, 75 08036 Barcelona España + Google Map

Opening exhibition of "Atmósferas Construibles" by the artist Iñigo Arregi. We will show a selection of his most recent sculptures and reliefs. The artist will attend the event.

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Free

Véronique Bour: Labyrinthe

29 June - 29 July
Galería Zielinsky, Passatge de Mercader, 10, 08008 Barcelona España + Google Map

The Zielinsky Gallery is pleased to present "Labyrinthe", an exhibition by Véronique Bour. The sample "Labyrinthe" by Véronique Bour, makes us face an apparent paradox, the confrontation between materiality and the ethereal, the apparent and what we are yet to define. But when one is carried away by the transversality of his works he discovers that the only thing that exists is the encounter ... On the one hand you can appreciate the complex and subtle stroke of Véronique in…

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July 2017
4€

ACT 38: Mònica Planes

6 July - 2 September
Fundación Suñol, Passeig de Gràcia, 98 08008 Barcelona   Spain + Google Map

This event is the result of collaboration between the Fundació Suñol, Fundació Han Nefkens and the Master in Production and Artistic Creation of the University of Barcelona. Mònica Planes (1992) has been awarded the Han Nefkens - Postgraduates UB scholarship in 2016, and as in the last editions of the scholarship, the project will be exhibited at Nivell Zero. The work of Mònica Planes investigates a form of relation with the daily space liberated and purified of those predetermined structures…

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September 2017
10€

Poesía Brossa

21 September 2017 - 2 February 2018
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

MACBA presents a comprehensive survey of the work of this pioneering artist, from his early books to his latest visual investigations, and including his work in the theatre, cinema, music and artistic actions. Joan Brossa (Barcelona, 1919-1998) was first and foremost a poet, but we believe it is necessary to see this in relation to his way of working, his poiesis. This exhibition establishes a dialogue and confronts Brossa’s work with the poetry of artists such as Marcel Marien, Nicanor…

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4€

FERNANDO VIJANDE Y 51 artists: 1971/1986

27 September 2017 - 10 March 2018
Fundación Suñol, Passeig de Gràcia, 98 08008 Barcelona   Spain + Google Map

The great exposition of the Fundació Suñol for 2017 revolves around the figure of Fernando Vijande, occupying all the rooms available to the Fundació Suñol, including the Nivell Zero. 51 artists participate in this tour through the professional career of one of the gallerists who most supported, consolidated and made visible the work of all those who exhibited from the early 70's until 1986, the year of his death, both in the Vandrés Gallery and later in The Vijande Gallery.

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October 2017
1€

Lita Cabellut – Lita Cabellut

5 October 2017 - 27 May 2018
Espai Volart, Ausiàs Marc, 22. 08010 Barcelona España + Google Map

Recognition of artistic trajectory. Lita Cabellut (1961, Sariñena, Huesca) is a Spanish and Gypsy painter based in The Hague, Netherlands. Cabellut works with large format canvases using a characteristic variation of the fresco technique. +info

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12€

The entropic box. Collision of History and Culture

20 October 2017 - 14 January 2018
MNAC, Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona España + Google Map

Francesc Torres, Catalan multifaceted artist, wants to transform a part of the museum into an entropic box highlighting its preservation function. By favoring works mostly from the 19th and 20th centuries selected from the museum's collection, Torres explores the collision between history and culture while reflecting on the nature of museums. Torres, despite not having done any of the works, has chosen them as a curator and, at the same time, will use them as objets trouvés, that is, as…

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