Art in Spain

On my three week holiday in Spain this past fall (2013) I had the opportunity to take in some amazing art galleries and museums.

Parc Guell, Barcelona

The Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao – recommend visiting. Nice nice museum, good collection, well laid out

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao – goes without saying iconic architecture designed by Canadian architect Frank Gehry. But I was equally impressed with the interior. The angles and use of light was inspiring, the contemporary art was great, and the audio guide was good. We had lunch at the cafe, which was quite tasty. Croquettes, a triple decker egg sandwich and a glass of wine.

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Alhambra – breathtaking. Go if you haven’t been

Museo Nacional del Prado – spent 6 hours here. Amazing collection but exhausting. Definitely worth visiting though. Velazquez’s Las Meninas is amazing. I loved standing further back and looking at this large painting then turning to my right and looking down the other hall towards Goya’s portrait of the royal family, The Family of Charles IV.

Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia – definitely do some interesting exhibitions here of contemporary art. Though some a little too conceptual for my taste.

and what was my favourite gallery

El Museo de arte Thysse-Bornemisza – a lovely collection of Impressionist and modern art. The flow was great through the gallery, the warm colours inviting, and a great many new favourite pieces. Highly recommend.


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