Styles

In this section you can search all our contents throughout the different stages in the history of art in Spain, to find styles such as Baroque, Gothic, Mudejar and many, many more.

Picasso. 'Guernica' Modernism and Avant-garde movements The turn of the century brought new winds of modernity. The aesthetic sensibility of the time was marked by a different, freer attitude towards art and life.

Topics

In this section you can search among all our contents by topic to find the different resources available in Spain, such as museums, routes, destinations, monuments and many, many more.

Audience

This section provides access to all the contents in a personalised way, according to your own particular interests and socio-demographic profile.

Museums to remember

  • Velázquez door at the Prado Museum. Madrid © Turespaña

    Velázquez door at the Prado Museum. Madrid © Turespaña

  • Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao © Turespaña

    Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao © Turespaña

  • View of the exterior of the MUSAC (Castile-León Museum of Contemporary Art). León © Junta de Castilla y León

    View of the exterior of the MUSAC (Castile-León Museum of Contemporary Art). León © Junta de Castilla y León

  
  


" Works by Picasso, Velázquez, Goya, Dalí, Gaudí… A selection of the most important artists in history await you in Spain's numerous museums. Some of them –like the Prado– are among the finest in the world. ..."

Works by Picasso, Velázquez, Goya, Dalí, Gaudí… A selection of the most important artists in history await you in Spain's numerous museums. Some of them –like the Prado– are among the finest in the world. Here we give you some ideas to ensure you have an outstanding cultural experience.

Madrid's golden trio

In the Spanish capital, the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofía National Museum are all an opportunity to explore the history of universal art through the works of the great masters. Located very close to one another in the very heart of the city, these three galleries comprise a truly unique cultural itinerary: the 'Paseo del Arte' (Art Walk) in Madrid.

Your visit should naturally start with the Prado Museum. This is one of the world's most important art galleries, and its rooms are home to the best of the Spanish, Italian and Flemish schools, among others. Take your time, because here you'll find some of the most important works by such titans of the art world as Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Hieronymus Bosch, Titian, Tintoretto, Raphael, Rubens and Rembrandt. Next, head for the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Its collection includes works from early 13th-century painting through to German Expressionism, with examples of Impressionism, the English school and the European and American avant-garde, with valuable pieces by their maximum exponents: Dürer, Van Dyck, Renoir, Degas, Cezanne, Kandinsky…

The Reina Sofía National Art Centre –recently extended and now among Europe's largest galleries– still awaits. Here you'll find the universal symbol of Picasso's Guernica, along with an outstanding collection of contemporary Spanish art, including pieces by Miró, Dalí, Chillida and Tàpies, among others.

The genius of Picasso and Dalí

The work of these two Spanish artists revolutionised 20th-century art. The Picasso Museum in Barcelona will let you examine the work of this Cubist master in depth, and discover his evolution. The pieces on display cover his formative years, the different stages of his artistic production, and his work as an engraver and ceramicist. Science and Charity, Harlequin and the Maids of Honour series are some of the emblematic canvasses by Pablo Picasso that you can see at the museum. If you want to enjoy the surrealist world of Salvador Dalí, then make for the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, in the province of Girona. Situated 139 kilometres from the city of Barcelona, a visit to the museum takes the form of a game as you try to make out the hidden images to be found within the creations on display.

Tribute to contemporary art

A trip to the famous Guggenheim Bilbao Museum is worthwhile just to see the building designed by prestigious architect Frank Gehry. This museum in northern Spain has a wide range of avant-garde and contemporary art in its permanent collection. It features outstanding international artists, and a stunning presentation of the works which is designed to harmonise with the museum building itself. If you like modern art and are on the Mediterranean coast, then be sure to visit the IVAM Museum in Valencia: its exhibition programme tends to focus on the classical avant-garde movements developed up to the 1960s.

And in inland Spain, specifically in the city of León, we recommend paying a visit to the Castile-León Museum of Contemporary Art (MUSAC), whose programme and its over 1,600 works pursue the relationship between art and social, political, cultural and aesthetic situations.

The important role played by these places within the Spanish museum panorama is clear, and this can be seen by their attendance figures. However you'll find an extremely broad offer, and not only for lovers of fine art. There are also museums on science, archaeology, maritime themes…... The hard part will be choosing between them!

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