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Many of the museums and art foundations in Barcelona are private, even though they have institutional support. There are several collections of private collectors who are exhibited in memorable modernist buildings of the city, while foundations linked to large companies tend to stand out with their temporary exhibitions of high quality.

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March 2017
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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April 2017
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
7€

From a pixel a poem

16 May - 17 September
Fundación Joan Miró, Parc de Montjuïc s/n 08038 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

Joan Brossa always appealed to the beginning of her admired Fregoli: "Art is life and life is transformation". Cloe Masotta goes out on the street with this premise because at any moment an object, a text, a shadow or a color that attracts her and that she can capture with her mobile phone can appear. The framed reality is transformed and offers a poetic game. Nothing is what it seems.

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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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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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Ocupar-Habitar

20 May - 15 December
Museo Can Framis, C/ Roc Boronat, 116-126. 08018 Barcelona  España + Google Map

Inauguration of the installation "Ocupar-Habitar" project of the students of the Master of Photography and Design of ELISAVA. The project investigates the eternal and unstable narrative between photography and painting, as well as its relations of power and those established between established artists and emerging artists. In this installation, the pictorial collection and architecture of the Can Framis Museum become the main source of inspiration and platform for the creative work of the students of the Master of Photography and…

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18€

David Bowie Is

25 May - 25 September
Museu del Disseny, Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38 08018 Barcelona España + Google Map

The exhibition David Bowie is will take place at Museu del Disseny de Barcelona (Barcelona Design Museum) from 25 May 2017. The show, produced by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, has already been seen by more than a million visitors in such cities as the British capital, Berlin, Paris and Chicago. Currently open at the Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo), the retrospective will travel to Tokyo before coming to Barcelona, its last European venue.As the depository of a…

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Free

Duane Michals

31 May - 10 September
Fundación Mapfre, Diputació, 250, 08007 Barcelona España + Google Map

Sala Foundation MAPFRE Casa Garriga i Nogués From 05/31/2017 to 09/10/2017 On May 31 opens our retrospective dedicated to the work of the American photographer Duane Michals. You can visit it until 10 September. The exhibition route is distributed in successive stages that show the different expressive modalities gradually invented by the photographer, as well as the different series made on specific themes over time. Michals is 84 years old and continues to create: making photographs and inventing techniques that…

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June 2017
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

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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12€

Ismael Smith, the beauty and the monsters

22 June - 17 September
MNAC, Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona España + Google Map

The exhibition will cover the entire Ismael Smith's trajectory (Barcelona, 1886-White Plains, New York, 1972) and will reunite various works from the diverse disciplines that this artist practiced: sculpture, drawing, illustration, posters, graphic design, interior design, ceramics, jewelry design, engravings, book-plates and even painting, a hidden facet of the artist. There will be about seventy sculptures shown, more than one hundred and fifty drawings and monument projects, about fifty engravings, a set of jewelry and a complete book-plates collection, the…

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7€

The Way Things Do

30 June - 1 October
Fundación Joan Miró, Parc de Montjuïc s/n 08038 Barcelona  Spain + Google Map

The exhibition is a tribute to The Way Things Go, the legendary film of Peter Fischli and David Weiss, in the frame of the 30th anniversary of its creation. The show includes three installations of emerging artists and the screening of the Swiss duo's film.

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July 2017
3€

Weegee by Weegee

5 July - 5 November
Fundació Foto Colectania, Passeig Picasso, 14 08003 Barcelona España + Google Map

The exhibition brings together over one hundred period photographs from one of the best photographic collections in the world, M. + M. Auer of Switzerland, in a careful vertebrate selection from the books of Weegee and publications in press.

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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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5€

David Bowie seen by…

6 July - 25 September
Museu del Disseny, Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38 08018 Barcelona España + Google Map

Photo exhibition Tribute to the figure of David Bowie through a compilation of images of recognized Catalan photographers. This exhibition documents the artist's journey through Catalonia: on July 7, 1987, with the Glass Spider tour in the Miniestadi of FC Barcelona; On September 16, 1990 at the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, as part of the Sound & Vision tour, and finally on July 12, 1996, in Escalarre, the first Doctor Music Festival. With the works of: Ferran Sendra, Xavier Mercadé,…

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Free

David Ostrowski – Bei mir geht es in den Keller hoch

14 July - 1 October
Blueproject Foundation, Princesa 57 - 08003 Barcelona España + Google Map

The Blueproject Foundation presents "Bei mir geht es in den Keller hoch", the first personal exhibition of the artist David Ostrowski in Spain that can be seen in the Sala Project from July 14th to October 1st, 2017. The exhibition allows the visitors to discover the pictorial work of the artist, presenting a selection of paintings, as well as a large installation that will occupy the center of the Sala Project. Cologne-based artist, David Ostrowski (b. 1981) has created an “oeuvre of paintings that…

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Free

Martin Llavaneras – Fruit Belt

14 July - 11 September
Fundación Joan Miró, Parc de Montjuïc s/n 08038 Barcelona  + Google Map

Through different records such as video and sculpture, the work of Martin Llavaneras shows his interest in dynamic activities that allow to recode spaces and define a practical use of culture. Within space 13 for the 2016-2017 season, Martín Llavaneras approaches the notion of trail and heritage from research on the exploitation of the rubber and tire industry. It is a work with a marked ecological component that relates virtual drawing and matic elements and establishes comparisons between geological time…

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7€

Joan Miró. Gallery of anti-portraits

18 July - 8 October
Fundación Joan Miró, Parc de Montjuïc s/n 08038 Barcelona  + Google Map

Joan Miro. Gallery of anti-portraits aims to highlight the artist's expressive dexterity and freedom as an engraver, capable of achieving, by means of etching, aquatint or carborundum, material and gestural effects close to those of painting.

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September 2017
10€

ENTHUSIASM. The challenge and the obstinacy in the MACBA Collection

14 September 2017 - 5 May 2019
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

The artists present in the exhibition are: Ignasi Aballí, Vito Acconci, Maja Bajevic, Marcel Broodthaers, Anne-Lise Coste, Esther Ferrer, Peter Friedl, Richard Hamilton, Emanuel Licha, Gordon Matta-Clark, Cildo Meireles, Younes Rahmoun, Tere Recarens , Àngels Ribé, Dieter Roth, Mireia Sallarès and Zush. "Enthusiasm. The challenge and the commitment in the MACBA Collection »is a project that approaches the contemporaneity from an optimistic, persistent and passionate perspective. A direct concept that, instead of placing the works within a certain thematic or…

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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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Figuratives 2017

22 September - 14 October
MEAM (Museu Europeu d’Art Modern), Barra de Ferro, 5, 08003 Barcelona España + Google Map

Next September 22, the MEAM and Art Renewal Center prepare the largest exhibition of current figurative art. Two international competitions, ARC Salon and Figurative 2017, one organized in North America and the other in Europe, unite to bring to the public Barcelona all the latest work of the best artists from all over the world. Join us this day and meet the artists For more information visit www.arcsalon.org or www.fundaciondelasartes.org

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7€

The possibility of an island

22 September 2017 - 11 September 2018
Fundación Joan Miró, Parc de Montjuïc s/n 08038 Barcelona  + Google Map

The cycle of expositions The possibility of an island explores some of the symbolic and sociocultural meanings that the islands, paradigmatic spaces of our collective imagination, have had through the ages, with the intention of activating questions and reflections regarding these meanings that Are relevant to our contemporaneity.

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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
5€

Alamà – Jordi Díaz Alamà

9 October
Museo Can Framis, C/ Roc Boronat, 116-126. 08018 Barcelona  España + Google Map

Winner of the Painting Prize 2016.

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5€

Joan-Artur Roura i Comas. The world of private collecting.

9 October 2017 - 21 January 2018
Museo Can Framis, C/ Roc Boronat, 116-126. 08018 Barcelona  España + Google Map

The main objectives of this initiative are to make known the particularities of some of the private collections of our country, to discover the personality of its craftsmen and to emphasize the role they occupy in contemporary society.

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10€

MACBA Collection. Under the surface

11 October 2017 - 1 November 2018
MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona  + Google Map

The exhibition MACBA Collection. Under the surface, which will consist of about thirty works from the MACBA Collection and three from the Contemporary Art Collection of the "La Caixa" Foundation, will be presented on the floor 0 of the museum since October 10 this year Until the same dates of the next 2018. The collected works share the interest in the problems derived from representation and its limits, as well as the concern for the relevance and potential incidence of…

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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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7€

Sumer and the Modern Paradigm

28 October 2017 - 21 January 2018
Fundación Joan Miró, Parc de Montjuïc s/n 08038 Barcelona  + Google Map

The exhibition Sumer and the modern paradigm puts in conversation the Mesopotamian creation and the work of modern artists, especially during the period between the wars (1920-1945). At the same time, it wants to find an answer to the modern fascination with the findings of the ancient Near East.

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December 2017
5€

Adolf Loos – Private Spaces

14 December 2017 - 28 February 2018
Museu del Disseny, Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38 08018 Barcelona España + Google Map

The exhibition Adolf Loos. Private Spaces presents, for the first time in Spain, a vast display of the work of this outstanding figure in Viennese architecture, a pioneer in the debate between spaces in public and private life. The show highlights the aesthetic revolution led byLoos (1870-1933) when, in the Austrian capital at the turn of the twentieth century, he rebelled against the Viennese Secession, proposing economy in architectural construction and design, reviving the classical column and facing and the…

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