From stunning street sculpture to sleek hotel rooftops, Barcelona’s wears its art and design credentials from the ground up. Antoni Gaudí set the tone for fanciful facades and finely crafted furniture, a tradition that hasn’t stopped as creatives such as Javier Mariscal, Oscar Tusquets and Lázaro Rosa-Violán add another creative layer to Barcelona’s dazzling Eixample neighbourhood. Here, you can see their work behind in 19th century storefronts, in chic design hotels and home décor showrooms.
Art and design is more intertwined than ever before and you’ll see both in Barcelona’s galleries. The Old Town particularly showcases emerging talent, with owner-run spaces displaying the latests in photography, wearable art, sculpture and painting. This considered juxtaposition of new (art) inside old (architecture) creates a rich fabric that is uniquely Barcelonese.
Barcelona’s urban art scene is evolving in the more relaxed neighbourhoods out of the city centre. Here you will discover stunning graffiti and murals, artist studios and gallery spaces that have set up in old industrial buildings. Along the way you will meet some of the artists themselves, learn about the city’s unique convergence of art and design, visit a landscaped park that looks like it’s stepped out of Lost in Space, and experience the stimulating vibe of these emerging art hoods.