The Best Alternative Art In Barcelona
Barcelona is a city steeped in culture and history and yet still seems to keep its image bang up to date. The famous Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona is arguably one of the best in the city, but if you are looking for something a bit more edgy then why not try one of our alternative art picks?
This is an extraordinary art space which has around 10 to 15 shows every year. So if you are a regular in Barcelona then you will see something different every time you visit. The works come from brand new and cutting edge local and international artists only just emerging from the underground.
Galeria Oberta (Open Gallery)
For some really modern art, head to the ‘Parc de les Aigües’ and its Galeria Oberta. This is simply a wall that encloses one side of the park, where graffiti artists are allowed to roam free. There are 34 “slots” on the wall so there are always new pictures being drawn. If you are lucky you can even see some of the artists at work!
Eat Meat Raw
For something a bit darker, gritty and more gruesome, try Eat Meat Raw. This is a place that likes to shock its visitors and claims to lay bare contemporary obsessions right in the heart of the trendy and bohemian Gracia district. It sits well here and has had in the past wood relief pieces of mutilated human bodies and an abattoir full of flying pigs, skinless muscles and guts galore. Enjoy!
Not far from the Ramblas, and off the beaten track, is Galeria Artevistas. A complete contrast to uptown galleries with their strict entry and posh accents, here you will find a happy place full of works by new talent. With over 800 individual pieces and more than 50 emerging artists you will never see the same piece twice here. To find the next Picasso or Dali, Galeria Artevistas is a must.
Although this is probably one of Barcelona’s best known night clubs it is still a great place to catch some tunes. There are five individual rooms inside each with its own distinctive flavour from indie rock and pop to hip hop and techno. There is something different on every day here so you will never get bored of the same old tracks or bands. It is a little out of the main drag of beachside clubs but you can get tickets for a dedicated bus which includes two free drinks.
For something a little bit more low key, arty and bohemian try Heliogabal in Gracia. You’ll get lots of local colour here as many of the bar goers are from the surrounding area. It is a relaxed venue with jazz groups, singer-song writers and poets. The programme is constantly changing with not just bands and concerts but indie movies, poetry reading and literature evenings; there is always something interesting to see here.
Generator is offering up-and-coming artists the chance to have their masterpiece on permanent display in Barcelona’s newest boutique hostel, the ‘Why I love Barcelona’ art competition finishes on 8th February 2013 so get involved.