Dalí, Gaudí and Picasso- quick guide to Barcelona’s artists
Gaudí and Barcelona
Barcelona needs Gaudí’s art just like Gaudí needed Barcelona.
There is plenty of Gaudí’s work spread across Barcelona you might want to see: Casa Vicens, La Pedrera, Casa Calvet, Cascada Fountain at Park de la Ciutadella, Casa Milá.
And then there are the MUST SEE buildings in Barcelona:
Casa Batlló In Barcelona
One word: magical. From the outside, it looks like a party house a Disney princess would rent if she had a weekend in Barcelona.
It’s like the spring of buildings; a Broadway musical would look like this if it was a building. And then there’s the inside: they got rid of boring audio guides and replaced it with smartphones, giving the visitor a wow-experience.
Paul Goldberger called it “the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages”. Gaudí’s greatest work. Still unfinished. It is the definition of “speechless” for me.
We got lost. We got so lost, that it took us nearly 3 hours to find the entrance, another 1 hour to walk around and realize that there’s no chance we could get in, as they let people in every 30 minutes, and everything was booked ahead until their closing time.
Did a friend advise me to book the tickets online prior to visiting? Yes. Did I listen? Nooo.
So book ahead, and then get lost. It’s worth it. I promise.
Picasso Museum in Barcelona
You’re walking down a narrow street with drying clothes hanging above your head, after passing a few bars, you suddenly find an entrance to a fortress’s garden.
At the entrance, it’s written: Museu Picasso. Nothing eccentric, there’s a clean emptiness in the museum that almost craves for his masterpieces.
Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres
If you’re not into arts, or Dalí’s name doesn’t ring a bell for you, you should still consider visiting the museum. It will take you to the magical land of Dalí’s mind, the whole experience will be like stepping into a vivid dream on a Sunday morning.
It’s not just about the paintings: it’s about the details of the place, the long pauses that people take in front of a piece of art, about the grandiose halls and labyrinth-like corridors, and the eccentric life of Salvador Dalí. This museum was intentionally designed to get lost in it:
“I want my museum to be a single block, a labyrinth, a great surrealist object. It will be a totally theatrical museum. The people who come to see it will leave with the sensation of having had a theatrical dream.” – Salvador Dalí
I love Dalí’s art, life, personality. If he were an American teenage boy band, I would have gone to every concert of his. Front row. Wearing an “I love Salvador” T-shirt. For me, visiting his Theatre-Museum in Figueres (which he designed himself) was a dream come true (see my happy face? 😀 )
– book online, book online, book online.
– get lost in Parc Güell!
– if you want to avoid the crowd at Sagrada Familia, visit it in the morning
– have a walk in Figueres, it’s a city that you would love to spend your mornings in- quiet, cozy, perfect for a coffee- and you can find some hidden Dalí references in the streets