What's on in Spain
We’ve curated a selection of the best museums and contemporary art exhibitions not to be missed in Spain. Each month we’ll update the list with the latest exhibitions, shows, and museums, paired with our fave spots to grab a coffee or drink. Read Art Fix’s guide to the places to know before you go.
Tomás Saraceno: Cloud Cities Barcelona at Torre Glòries
- From 1 April to 31 October: Mondays to Sundays from 10.00 to 21.00. From 1 November to 31 March: Mondays to Sundays from 10.00 to 19.00
- Avinguda Diagonal, 211, Barcelona
Tomás Saraceno’s immersive sculpture “Cloud Cities Barcelona” is his first permanent art installation in Spain and his largest interactive sculpture in southern Europe.
- C/ Montcada, 15-23, Barcelona
If there’s a museum you can’t miss in Barcelona, it is the Picasso Museum. Located across five Gothic palaces from the 13th to the 15th century, the building itself is a work of art. Inside, you’ll find one of the artist’s largest collections.
Fundació Joan Miró
- Parc de Montjuïc, Barcelona
Halfway to Montjuïc, you’ll find the Joan Miró Foundation – another absolute must-see. The museum owns over 10,000 works by the artist, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, carpets, and more. The perfect stop before reaching the top of the hill.
Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA)
- Plaça dels Àngels, 1. 08001 Barcelona
Made up of works created by Catalan, Spanish and international artists, the MACBA’s collection covers a wide range of artistic techniques. From works by artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Anni Albers to Antoni Tàpies and Albert Serra, you’ll find contemporary gems spread out all over the museum grounds.
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
- Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, Barcelona
Housing a vast collection of Catalan art spanning the early Middle Ages to the early 20th century, as well as a unique collection of Romanesque frescoes, the MNAC is truly worth a visit. Still not convinced? The museum offers some of the most spectacular views over Barcelona.
- Carrer de Montcada, 25, Barcelona
Following its success in Amsterdam, The Moco Museum has finally opened the doors to its new venue in Barcelona. From Banksy to KAWS to Guillermo Lorca, Moco exhibits works by celebrated modern and contemporary artists and rising stars.
Bill Brandt at Marlborough
- Until 8 September 2022
- C/ d’Enric Granados, 68, Barcelona
Check out Brandt’s iconic, dynamic and powerful photographs documenting aspects of British life at Marlborough.
Group Show at Sala Parés
- Until 10 September 2022
- Carrer de Petritxol, 5, Barcelona
Add a splash of color to your day with this group exhibition featuring works by artists Dominika Berger, Garikoitz Cuevas and Manuel Velasco. Berger’s concept of identity and essence, combined Cuevas’s poetic expression and Velasco’s ideologies and references, make this a deeply powerful and meaningful show.
Group Show at Joan Prats
- Until 28 August 2022
- Carrer Balmes, 54, Barcelona
“Revelations on a Shapeless Sphere” brings together artists from the three galleries (Bombon, Joan Prats and NoguerasBlanchard) and from different generations in an exquisite corpse principle format.
Art Fix Tip: If you’re in Barcelona between 15 to 18 September, then you’re in for a treat! Here you’ll find Barcelona Gallery Weekend, with exhibitions being complemented by guided visits, performances, presentations and other special activities around contemporary art.
Known as perhaps the most recognized architect in the world, Antoni Gaudí is also the greatest exponent of Catalan Modernism. His iconic works have a highly individualized style, and lucky for us, most of them can be found in Barcelona. Here’s the ones you can’t miss:
La Sagrada Familia
- C/ de Mallorca, 401, Barcelona
The monumental Roman Catholic church is truly one of a kind, combining elements of Art Nouveau, Catalan Modernism and Spanish Late Gothic design. It is as breathtaking on the inside as it is on the outside, so make sure to go in – we promise the long queues are well worth the wait.
- Carrer de les Carolines, 20-26, Barcelona
Designed as a summer house for the Vicens family in 1883, Casa Vicens is Antoni Gaudí’s first masterpiece and one of the first buildings to kick off the Modernisme movement in Catalonia and Europe.
- Pg. de Gràcia, 43, Barcelona
Another one of Gaudí’s masterpieces is Casa Batlló (1904), once a private residence in Barcelona that is now open to the public and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. A true architectural gem that must be experienced IRL.
- Pg. de Gràcia, 92, Barcelona
Casa Mila (built between 1906 and 1912) was the last private residence designed by Gaudí. The site is open to the public despite it partly remaining as a residential building.
- Carrer d’Olot, Barcelona
Imagine an enormous garden with spectacular views and distinct architectural elements designed by Gaudí… Yes Fixers, stepping into Parc Güell is like stepping into a fairytale. Be sure to set some time aside to visit this unique space.
Wine & Dine
- Passatge de la Concepció, 12, Barcelona
This hot spot in Barcelona offers some of the best tapas, rice dishes and seafood in town, topped off with a unique atmosphere and stylish décor. After dinner, make sure to visit the bar upstairs, Boca Chica, for a memorable night.
- Carrer de Tuset, 27, Barcelona
If you’re up for a party restaurant with great food, we’ve got you covered. FEROZ features mouth-watering Mediterranean dishes followed by fun and dancing after midnight.
- Carrer d’en Xuclà, 7, Barcelona
This stylish tapas bar is home to the best patatas bravas in the area. Perfect for a casual dinner with great food and jazzy vibe.
- Ctra. de Miramar, 38, Barcelona
For a meal with a view head over to Terraza Martínez. Our highlights from the menu: Jabugo ham, Martínez rice and cava sangría.
The Roof at The Barcelona EDITION
- Av. de Francesc Cambó, 14, Barcelona
Craving something a little different? The terrace at the EDITION offers seasonal cocktails and Asian street food in a romantic setting to watch the sunset.
Les Filles Cafè
- Carrer de Minerva, 2, Barcelona
Tucked away on a side street next to Diagonal, this quaint little terrace is a great brunch spot. From Eggs Florentine to Chilaquiles, they’ve got something for every taste bud.
- Pla de Palau, 11, Barcelona
For a quick, healthy and delicious meal head over to Honest Greens. Still not convinced? Their homemade Kombucha is out of this world.
- Carrer de la Reina Cristina, 7, Barcelona
If you’re a fan of bubbles, then add Can Paixano to your list. This casual low-cost bar next to Barceloneta features great tapas and sandwiches, and has been serving its delicious sparkling wine since 1969.
- Pg. de Gràcia, 24 Bis, Barcelona
With 4 culinary areas and 4 specialized bars, here you’ll have the chance to try traditional recipes from around the Iberian Peninsula, prepared with high quality produce.
- Jauregi Bailara, 66, Hernani, Gipuzkoa
We don’t know about you Fixers, but we’ve added this spot to the top of our art bucket list. Founded by Eduardo Chillida during his lifetime, it is home to the most comprehensive body of works by this sculptor. Since first opening in 2000, this museum has upheld its mission to promote and conserve Chillida’s work. A space where nature and art come together to create a magical experience.
Art Fix Tip: Lurra Cafe specializes in healthy and sustainable food.
If you want to stay a little longer we suggest you stop at the amazing Hotel Villa Favorita on La Concha Bay in San Sebastian. Food lover alert: you’ll find here a two Michelin stars restaurant.
Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture at Guggenheim
- Until 18 September 2022
- Abandoibarra Etorb., 2, Bilbo, Bizkaia
This one’s for all our car lovers out there. This exhibition celebrates the artistic dimension of the automobile and links it to different forms of art and expression, from painting and sculpture to architecture and film.
Zanele Muholi at Institut Valencià d’Art Modern
- Until 4 September 2022
- C/ de Guillem de Castro, 118, Valencia
Do you remember South African artist Zanele Muholi from our eleventh episode on self-portraits? Well Fixers, if you’re spending your summer in Spain this year, you can’t miss the chance to see her captivating works IRL.
Art Fix Tip: For coffee, breakfast and lunch go to La Más Bonita Salvatierra. Everything they serve is to die for!
Museo Reina Sofía
- Calle Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid
If you’re a fan of Picasso and happen to be in Madrid, you simply can’t miss this one. Museo Reina Sofía is home to the artist’s most famous painting “Guernica“ (1937), a true artistic gem that must be admired in person at least once in a lifetime.
Liam Young at Espacio Fundación Telefónica
- Until 20 November 2022
- Calle de Fuencarral, 3, Madrid
Known for his imaginary worlds represented in video installations, Liam Young explores the impact of technology on people’s lives and cities. This free exhibition brings together the artist’s most renowned works and displays two new production pieces specifically created for the show.
Alex Katz at Museo Nacional Thyssen Bornemisza
- Until 11 September 2022
- P.º del Prado, 8, Madrid
For the first time in Spain, the works of Art Fix fave Alex Katz are being shown at Museo Nacional Thyssen Bornemisza. The display includes around 40 of his distinctive oils painted with bright colors and flat backgrounds.
Art Fix Tip: Madrid Gallery Weekend will take place from 8 to 11 September this year, with more than fifty galleries and numerous national and international artists participating in the event.
Palacio de Velázquez & Palacio de Cristal
- El Retiro Park, P.º de Venezuela, 2, Madrid
Located in Parque del Buen Retiro, you’ll find two venues run by Museo Reina Sofía that host site-specific projects and installations by contemporary artists. An absolute must-visit when strolling through Madrid’s largest park.
Art Fix Tips: Join the locals for coffee at Madreamiga and Il Tavolo Verde. For Lebanese lunch go to Mune. Looking for a special cocktail bar? Ficus is the tropical hotspot in the city. Meet your friends for dinner at Ultimarinos Quintin.
- Carretera A-48 (N-340) Km. 42,5, Vejer de la Frontera, Cádiz
In one of the most beautiful white villages of the Costa de la Luz you’ll find Fundación NMAC. This sculpture park earned the title of being “the most important open air museum in Southern Europe” – and we wholeheartedly agree. You can easily spend an afternoon here and discover the works by Marina Abramovic, Olafur Eliasson, Jeppe Hein, Anya Gallaccio, James Turrell and many more.
Art Fix Tip: Soak up the Moorish style Andalusia is so famous for in El Jardin del Califa, a restaurant with an amazing atmosphere. It is also a great hotel in case you want to spend the night.
Centre Pompidou Málaga
- Pje. del Dr. Carrillo Casaux, s/n, Málaga
The world-famous gallery Centre Pompidou opened its first branch outside France in 2015. The site is known as “El Cubo” (“The Cube”) and it is decorated with squares of color installed by artist Daniel Buren. It is currently home to works by Henri Matisse, Etel Adnan, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and many more.
Rashid Johnson at Hauser & Wirth Menorca
- Until 13 November 2022
- Isla del Rey, Mahon, Menorca
Johnson’s exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Menorca “Sodade” is inspired by the Portuguese word ‘saudade,’ signifying a feeling of melancholy and missing. His works here are truly moving as the artist creates a liminal space between trauma and healing.
Art Fix Tip: Grab lunch at the restaurant on-site, Cantina, and take a stroll through the Piet Oudolf garden – Mediterranean style.