Museums & Other Sites
Having explored the Gothic Quarters and wondered at the marvellous architecture of Gaudi and Domenech, my partner and I headed up to Montjuic, via the funicular. First off, we headed towards the the Juan Miro Foundation. As is the case with much of modern art, you either like it or loath it. While I really like Miro’s paintings, my partner was not overly impressed, she just could not get her head around some of the very minimalist paintings, I mean those consisting of a pretty much white canvas with a few squiggles on them. Having exhausted all the possibilities at the Juan Miro Museum, we needed a slight change of scenery and wandered around Montjuic visiting the the Teatre Grec and the Botanical Gardens, before heading to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), which contains the largest collection of Roman frescoes in the World. Most of these frescoes were rescued from old churches around Barcelona an in the Pyrenees. Besides these frescoes , the MANC also contains a pretty nifty modern art collection, containing works by Picasso, Dali, Ramon Casas and many more of Barcelona’s most influential artists of the late 19th and early 20th century. Having been built for the the International Exposition of 1929, the MNAC also has an amazing hall complete with a humongous organ (and coffee shop). Unfortunately for us the Magic Fountain was “out of order” so at least we have a good excuse to return to Barcelona.
In between all of this we also managed to fit in a visit to the Arc de Triomf, the Parc de la Cuitadella, the Picasso Museum, the Maritime Museum, Barcelona’s Harbour, we had coffee at the Placa Reial (an lots of other places) and ate copious amounts of tapas.