Barcelona’s has so many museums and galleries that even the permanent collections can take a while to cover. In addition, many galleries have impressive temporary exhibitions too. Here is our rundown of the best exhibits to catch this June.
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Rafael Bartolozzi: Laudem Vitae
Espai Volart i Volart 2, May 5 – Jun 26
The work of Rafael Bartolozzi, the famous Spanish pop artist, is celebrated in this exhibition of 40 of his pieces. Bartolozzi’s work draws on nature, nostalgia and memories. The exhibition covers the three key themes of Bartolozzi’s work: ‘Origins and roots’, ‘Eroticism, poetry and metaphor’ and ‘Nature: symbol and fantasy’.
Alfonso Alzamora: L’escala de l’enteniment. Ramon Llull, 1316-2016
Espai Volart i Volart 2, May 5 – Jul 17
Ramon Llull was a 13th-century logician and is thought to have written the first major work in Catalan literature. He is being commemorated by Llull Year, a program of nearly 300 activities to discover and explore his work.
This exhibit “The Stairway to Understanding”, is an homage to Llull. In order to explore the intersection between art, philosophy and mathematics, artist Alfonso Alzamora has created a visual project focused on the cube – Ramon Llull’s symbol of truth.
l’Arts Santa Mònica, Apr 24 – Jul 3
Can books be 3D pieces of art? Do books become art or arise from art? These questions are explored in this 25 piece exhibit. The title ‘Permit Yourself…’ comes from the quote: ‘Permit yourself to drift from what you are reading at this very moment into another situation… Imagine a situation that, in all likelihood, you’ve never been in’. This fluidity of form and art underpins the exhibition. Through the work of 14 artists, the exhibition will show how printed matter can reflect and have a spatial and three-dimensional quality. It will also explore how artists’ books become sculptures, paintings, photographs, installations and even performances.
Albert Ràfols Casamada – Pintura (Painting)
Can Framis Museum, April 18 – July 17
A key figure in Catalan art, Albert Ràfols Casamada uses masterly painting to explore the subconscious and reality via the brushstroke. The exhibit brings together 40 of his works alongside extracts from his personal diary to give a holistic glimpse into the work of this influential painter.
I Will Fear No Evil
Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Mar 18 – Jun 26
Venezuelan artist José Antonio Hernández-Díez has spent three decades exploring superstition, morality, and religion, whilst displaying a fascination with ethics and technology. His works cover sculpture, photography, video and installation art and often both excites and challenges in equal measure. This exhibit displays some of his earlier work from the late eighties and early nineties together with a new project developed specifically for the occasion.