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La Virreina Centre de la Imatge Imagination & imaging

The ravishing Baroque and Rococo Palace Virreina was built in the 1770s and is the former home of long-dead Manuel d’Amat, a moneyed viceroy who cultivated his wealth in the Americas. The palace is now the headquarter of the Town Hall’s cultural department and “image center,” called La Virreina Centre de la Image, a platform that highlights Barcelona’s teeming visual-arts legacy by exhibiting works by some of Catalunya’s most important contemporary artists, like Antoni Abad and Oriol Bohigas.

The center is devoted to visual culture of an extensive scope, starting from the critical reflection of image-making, to the historical contextualization, discussion and display of the works. The facilities also include La Virreina Lab, a space assigned to educational activities, film screenings, conferences, lectures and archive presentations.

Located on the world-famous promenade, La Rambla, be sure to stop by for free, high-caliber programing. September ratchets it up a notch at La Virreina’s annual Fotomercé, which showcases images taken at the previous year’s Mercé festival, Barcelona’s largest street-carnival party.

Ángels Barcelona Art with a pinch of salt

Ángels Barcelona focuses on artistic proposals that originate from a certain form of skepticism.

The exhibition program is composed of works based on practices that criticize the artistic medium, the representation of reality and the languages that codify our society through the art world and the media.

Through such works the observer is invited to construct dialogues between the artists—including Michael Snow and Richard T. Walker —and their chosen medium.

Mercat de les Flors Centre of moving arts

Housed in a building that positively takes your breath away, the Mercat de les Flors theater aspires to the same level of spectacle in its intensive program of avant-garde dance and drama. Housing performances by an array of renowned international productions, it rarely falters in this pursuit.

The building itself is a mishmash of protruding facades and domes, situated on Montjuic hill, and built—as a few notable buildings in that area were—for the 1929 International Fair. It was designated for its current usage in 1983, and has since become a hub of Barcelona’s cultural scene. It is worth visiting at least once, purely for the opportunity to witness a performance in such an impressive venue, but some extra research—or an enthusiasts insight—illuminates the depth and range of quality on offer in its packed performance schedule.

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