Montjuic is one of cardinal points of Barcelona.
It is a broad shallow hill with a relatively flat top overlooking the harbour, to the southwest of the city centre. The eastern side of the hill is almost a sheer cliff, giving it a commanding view over the city’s harbour immediately below. The top of the hill (a height of 184,8 m) was the site of several fortifications, the latest of which (the Castle of Montjuïc) remains today
The site was selected to host the 1929 International Exposition, for which the first large-scale construction on the hill began. The surviving buildings from this effort include the grand Palau Nacional, the Estadi Olímpic (the Olympic stadium), the ornate Font Màgica fountains, and a grand staircase leading up from the foot of Montjuïc at the south end of the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina. The Poble Espanyol, a “Spanish village” of different buildings built in different styles of Spanish architecture, also survives, located on the western side of the hill. Mies van der Rohe‘s german national pavilion was constructed at the foot of the hill, near the Plaça del Marquès de Foronda. It was demolished in 1930 but was rebuilt in 1988.
The top of the hill can be reached using the Funicular de Montjuïc, a funicular railway that operates as part of the Barcelona Metro. On the eastern slope is theMiramar terminal of the Port Vell Aerial Tramway connecting Montjuïc with Barceloneta on the other side of Port Vell.
In addition to all these point of interest in the hill, if you visit Montjuic with CONTEMPORARY ART BARCELONA, you should receibe a bath of modern and vanguard art.
We start our walk in C/Mèxic by visiting GALERIA CARLES TACHÉ.
Galeria Carles Tache
Galeria Carles Taché`s Projects is a line of work that aims to support and promote the work of the younger artists represented by the gallery. Furthermore, it also hosts singular exhibitions of those gallery artists that are more renowned so that the program gathers diverse generations and combines projects of various natures.
After that, we’ll stop in CaixaForum, a space, located in a spectacular modernist textil factory, for dissemination and debate on culture and its many manifestations. It offers a miscellaneous range of subjects that covers all periods, from the initial manifestations of art to the most innovative and recent avant-garde, and feature the greatest ever exponents of art and culture.
We will continue in Poble Espanyol, visiting de unknown Fundació Fran Daurel, which concentrates several generations of contemporary artists that include a wide range of tendencies and supports that go from abstraction to figurative art and which move within formalism, expressionism, surrealism, hyperrealism, conceptualism…
Finally, will arrive to the Fundació Joan Miró.
The Fundació Joan Miró was created by Miró himself, at first principally with works from his own private collection, with a desire to set up an internationally recognised centre in Barcelona for Miró scholarship and contemporary art research, and to disseminate the collection. The Fundació opened to the public on 10 June 1975 and has since become a dynamic centre in which Joan Miró’s work coexists with cutting-edge contemporary art.
With an interdisciplinary approach, the Fundació organises temporary exhibitions of 20th and 21st century artists as well as academic activities and projects in collaboration with other institutions and organisations. Through its exhibition and educational programmes, the Fundació Joan Miró explores lines of research linked to the work of Miró and to contemporary art.
The Fundació is located in a building designed by Josep Lluís Sert, making it one of the few museums anywhere in the world in which the complicity between artist and architect underpins the dialogue between the works and the space that houses them. The Fundació offers an overview of the landscapes of Joan Miró’s art and life, creating an enriching dialogue with other artists from the 20th and 21st centuries.
We organize personaliced art walks in order to take the advantage to visit the current exhibitions, like the SWAB International Art Fair in october, which it’s also located in Montjuic Fira.
Contact us and book your walk in our site https://contemporaryartbarcelona.com/2015/05/28/personalized-art-walks/