Museu Frederic Marès, Barcelona

Plaça de Sant Iu, 5, Barcelona
Catalunya, Spain
closed on: Mondays
Museum Type: Art
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The Museu Frederic Marès is an art museum in Barcelona, especially focused on Spanish sculpture from the 12th century to the 19th century.

Above: the main entrance of the Museu Frederic Marès on Plaça de Sant Iu; photo © Riccardo Bianchini/Inexhibit

Opened to the public in 1948, the museum takes its name from the Catalan artist and collector Frederic Marès Deulovol (1893-1991), on whose personal collection the institution is based.
The museum is housed in a medieval building, once part of the Royal Palace, located in the Gothic Quarter, in the historical heart of Barcelona, close to Plaça de la Seu and the city cathedral.
Encompassing a floor area of about 1,400 square meters / 15,000 square feet, the museum has been substantially renovated in 2011, after a design by Barcelona-based architectural practice Santi Vives.

The Museu Frederic Marès holds a large collection of Spanish sculptures, with a special focus on polychrome works and religious sculptural works. The sculpture exhibition is divided into six chronological sections dedicated to ancient, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and nineteenth-century works.
The museum also features smaller collections of decorative arts, paintings, textiles, photographs, graphic designs, and coins; as well as a reconstruction of the personal study of Marès.

The program of activities of the Museu Marès includes temporary exhibitions, guided tours, concerts, educational activities, conferences, and lectures.
The museum’s building also houses a cafe and a library/documentation center.

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Museu Frederic Marès, view of the courtyard, and main entrance; photos © Inexhibit

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“Piedad”, author unknown, 1400-1500, painted wood, Frederic Marès Museum; photo manuel m. v. (CC BY 2.0).

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Two images of the permanent exhibition of Spanish sculpture; photos patrimoni.gencat (CC BY-NC 2.0) and José Antonio Gil Martínez (CC BY 2.0).

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One of the rooms featuring the exhibition dedicated to decorative and applied arts; photo patrimoni.gencat (CC BY-NC 2.0).


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