This year’s edition of the Sónar festival was a huge success, bringing international and contemporary culture to the forefront in Barcelona between June 14th and June 16th. But the festivities haven’t completely ended yet. Sónar is known for highlighting electronic music artists from around the world and integrating artistic and technological elements to create one of the coolest music festivals in Europe. While Sónar might be over, you can still visit three separate exhibitions, called “Art Beats,” featuring three artists, Björk, David Bowie, and Brian Eno, which represent the essence of the festival and what it stands for.
“Björk Digital” at the CCCB
Running until September 24th, “Björk Digital” is an exhibition that explores the artist’s career through interactive and digital installations. Experience virtual reality as a main component of the exhibition, which features performance, film, and video pieces. You can check out projects that Björk worked on in collaboration with well-known creative geniuses like Spike Jonze and Alexander McQueen. Be prepared to be blown away by the technical aspects of this exhibition as it is unlike any other! You must book your spot ahead of time, as there is high demand. Tickets cost 14.50€ each and there are discounts available for holders of the SónarPass.
Address: Carrer de Montalegre, 5
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“David Bowie Is” at DHUB
This exhibition takes place at the Barcelona Museum of Design, having been curated by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. “David Bowie Is” explores the artist’s career, which spans more than 5 decades and made him become an icon not only in music but in style and filmography as well. The focus is on Bowie’s collaboration with other artists and designers and how his style evolved during the course of his career. Personal manuscripts, costumes, designs, and videos are just a few of the things that you can see, with regards to how he influenced other artists’ work, music, design, and personal style. A weekend ticket costs 17.90€, with a 3€ discount during the week.
Address: Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37
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“Lightforms / Soundforms” at Arts Santa Mònica
Until October 1st you can check out the mesmerizing exhibition by the name of “Lightforms / Soundforms” by musician Brian Eno. This exhibition is different from the others in that it does not focus on Eno’s entire career, but rather on his current projects and short-term future plans. This exhibition features a fascinating installation called “77 Million Paintings” which plays with light, colors, and form. Entrance to “Lightforms / Soundforms” is free and there is no need to book ahead, so make your way over to the Max Cahner Hall at Santa Mònica Arts to see this unique and far-out exhibition.
Address: La Rambla, 7
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