Exhibitions not to be missed in Barcelona from December 2019 to Spring 2020


Exhibitions not to be missed in Barcelona from December 2019 to Spring 2020

Are you planning a trip to Barcelona? Inexhibit suggests some of the most interesting temporary exhibitions of art and design on view in the Catalan capital from December 2019 to next Spring 2020.
To find out more about the museums that host the exhibitions, and for more information on the relative permanent collections, you can take a look at our guide on Barcelona that you can find with the banner at the bottom of this page.

Fundació Joan Miró
Art sonor? (Sound Art?) – until 23 February 2020

The exhibition “Art sonor?” offers an overview of the sonorization of the art object from the late nineteenth century. The show examines how, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, many visual artists worked references to sound and music into their art-pieces using a variety of strategies. Sound Art? includes drawings, paintings, installations, and sculptures.


above: John Baldessari, Beethoven’s Trumpet (With Ear) Opus # 133, 2007. © John Baldessari Courtesy of the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery y Sprueth Magers. Photo: © Fundació Joan Miró / Davide Camesasca

Museu Picasso
Pablo Picasso, Paul Éluard. Una amistat sublim (A sublime Friendship) – Until 15 March 2020

In 1935, Paul Éluard would become part of the most intimate circle of Picasso. During a long and stormy period, in which the Spanish Civil War, the Occupation, the Liberation and the affiliation to the Communist Party were linked together, the two friends would form a duo, who seemed to want to share not only points of view but also behaviors.


right: Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Paul Éluard (nº7) 1941. Black pencil on paper. 26.9 x 20.9 cm. 
left: Eluard, Paul, Liberté (dedication Madame Jeanne Boitel), 14 x 11.5 cm. Museu Picasso, Barcelona.

CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
Gameplay  – 19 December 2019 / 3 May 2020

A journeys to the origins of video games, ‘Gameplay‘ analyses their language and highlights the impact they have had on popular digital culture and art and society. The exhibition is designed as a space for recreation and reflection where visitors can play and (re)discover video game culture.


above and cover image: graphic design for the exhibition ‘Gameplay’ at CCCB from 19 December 2019

Museu del Disseny
Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design – until 2 February 2020

Museu del Disseny features a retrospective dedicated to Victor Papanek, a pioneer of contemporary design and one of the most influential harbingers of social activism and sustainability in design. This exhibition explores Papanek’s life and works through an extensive series of original pieces from the archive of the Victor Papanek Foundation and objects from some of his contemporaries such as Buckminster Fuller and the radical group Global Tools, among others.


Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design, installation view

Macba – Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona
Takis – until 19 April 2020

The Greek artist Takis (Panagiotis Vassilakis),1925-2019 was a pioneer of the Kinetic Art Movement. “Using magnetism, light, and sound as his raw materials, Takis’s audacious sculptures were a radical break from convention,” said Achim Borchardt-Hume, Director of exhibitions and programs at Tate Modern. Much of his artistic career was focused in Paris, London, and New York, as well as Athens, between 1950 and 1970. This exhibition is the first solo presentation of his work in Barcelona.


Takis, Magnetic Fields (detail), 1969, metal, magnets, wire.

Fundaciò Antoni Tàpies
Antoni Tàpies -Teatre (Theatre) – until 19 April 2020

The exhibition explores for the first time the relationship between the work of Antoni Tàpies and the performing arts, through paintings, drawings, prints, and diverse documentary material.


Càmara y ciutad – la vida urbana en la fotografìa y el cine (urban life in photography and cinema) – until 8 March 2020

Photographic exhibition based on the work of photographers and filmmakers who investigated our cities, representing scenarios of urban life.


Diane Arbus, Teenage couple on Hudson Street, N.Y.C., 1963 / printed by Neil Selkirk, Gelatin-silver print, 50.8 × 40.6 cm




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