One of the most important architectural styles that Catalan artists are known for is that of the Art Nouveau style. It has a special variety in Catalunya, that of ‘Catalan Modernism’. Therefore it’s no surprise that there’s a museum dedicated to Catalan Modernism, the Museu del Modernisme de Barcelona (MMBCN). It’s housed in an early 20th century modernist building designed by Eric Sagnier, and it’s located in the heart of the city centre, just a few minutes’ walk from the Plaça de Catalunya.
What will we see during the visit?
The Museu del Modernisme de Barcelona project (MMBCN) was set up with the aim of showing the private collection of antique dealers Fernando Pinós and Maria Guirao. The collection features around 350 works by the most influential and prominent artists of the Catalan modernist movement.
The MMBCN collection
The 350 exhibits are from various techniques: sculpture, paintings, furniture and decorative arts. The furniture displays can be found on the top floor, whereas the others are on the ground floor. All the items have great artistic value, with works exhibited by prominent artists such as Santiago Rusiñol, Gaspar Camps i Junyent and Ramon Casas amongst others; however, many visitors are of course attracted by works of the famous architect Antoni Gaudí.
The Museu del Modernisme de Barcelona is the perfect museum for all art lovers, and although it might not be one of the biggest and most well-known museums in the city, it certainly serves to fill a gap in the market thanks to its excellent collection, and thanks to the activities that are organised regularly to attract both art lovers and the less-knowledgeable but enthusiastic visitors.
c/ (street) Balmes 48, Barcelona
From Monday to Friday: from 10:30 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00.
Closed: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Also on 25th December and 1st January.
General admission: 10.00€.
6 – 16 years old: 5.00€.
Free admission: Under 6 years old.
How to get there
Metro: Catalunya (lines 1 and 3), Universitat (lines 1 and 2) and Passeig de Gràcia (lines 2, 3 and 4).
Buses: lines 7, 50, 54, 63, 67, 68, H12 and V17.
On foot: It’s easy to get there on foot from anywhere in the city centre, as it is close to the Plaça de Catalunya.