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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
Mapping Barcelona Public Art (MBPA) kickstarts the autumn with their first exhibit Las Calles Hablan (The streets speak). Created by Katrine Knauer, this exhibition is a collection of images of street art throughout Barcelona city to help redefine the importance of graffiti. Many tend to have an immediate reaction when it comes to street art, they either love it, hate it or perhaps simply don’t understand it.
La Virreina current exhibition From the Factory to the World. Photography and the Warhol Community, examines the pivotal role played by photography in creating the Factory’s elaborate bohemian culture. The Factory was Andy Warhol’s New York studio, which, was renowned for it’s huge parties and celeb musings. Here you can see printed works, polaroids and videos of this hectic lifestyle and artists and celebrities such as Edie Sedgwick, Cecil Beaton, Christopher Makos and Stephen Shore are just some of those that are included.
The New York Times Magazine is the Sunday supplement, famed for it’s photography particularly with regards to fashion and style. You can see the new promo video for The New York Times Magazine Photographs exhibition—currently on view in Barcelona’s Palau Robert below. At this exhibition, you see the sheer effort visible over the past fifteen years in shaping what is now one of the most iconic and noted magazine’s for photography. Photo Editor and curator, Kathy Ryan, provides a behind-the-scenes look at the collaborative, creative processes that have made the magazine a leading entity in visual storytelling.
Drap-Art, the international recycling festival is back in Barcelona and will display over a hundred different artists from varying fields of speciality (including painters, musicians and film-makers) most of which will be showcased at CCCB and other public places in the city.
The Sitges Film Festival, held in seaside town Sitges in Catalonia, is one of the most renowned film festivals in Europe, and focuses mainly on the horror and fantasy genres. The 45th festival takes place from the 4th-14th October and this year a tribute will be paid to Quentin Tarantino, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Reservoir Dogs. The festival will hold a special screening in Tarantino’s honor on October 5th at 13:45. The theme of this year’s festival is the apocalypse, very fitting with talk of Mayan’s end of the world fresh on people’s tongues in addition to the constant reminder of the economic meltdown.
Cosmo Cafe and Gallery is a laid back and colorful space, ideal for meeting up with friends, reading a book with a coffee and watching the hustle and bustle of people passing. Here they serve delicious cakes and pastries and I can also recommend their chai tea latte. Situated in a modern art gallery you will find walls decorated with modern pieces of art and an eclectic mix of graphic designs by newcomers – available to buy in their shop. The space serves as a beautiful merge between interior design and atmosphere making it a great stop for a spot of coffee.
Ever imagined how Barcelona would look with famous landmarks juxtaposed against a different landscape? If so, this is what can be seen at Barcelona’s Multiverse exhibition at Palau Robert, noted as a “photographic stroll through an imaginary Barcelona”.
With our skylines dominated by skyscrapers, it is easy to forget the sheer height and phenomena of these beast of buildings. “Towers and Skyscrapers. From Babel to Dubai“, an exhibition currently running at Caixa Forum, looks at the grand evolution of the skyscraper where mankind embarked on a quest to advance it’s creativity and push boundaries in architecture.
We are all familiar with the famous phrase, “mi casa es tu casa” and we had the opportunity to experience this recently whilst attending the Openhouse gallery. Now, we are huge fans of the design concept store based in Calle Notariat, which is unfortunately closing soon and re-emerging as a different entity, but are happy that the company has extended to The Openhouse Project where Andrew Trotter, Mari Luz Vidal and Nobu Kawagoe house private galleries and dining experiences in their very own home. The project is a growing one, experimenting with opening their home to the public, “our home is open to all”.
It is amusing living in a city like Barcelona, famous for it’s influx of tourism, just how quick it is to identify a tourist or as they say here “guiri”. This has taken the form of incessant bloggers, travel enthusiasts and amateur photographers out and about with the latest Canon camera, fixated on capturing every single moment.The digital age with its social media and fascination with sharing in real time, has transformed the world of capturing the moment – which makes it even easier to identify the tourist. One has to then consider, just how much time is actually lost in the grand mission of collecting.