Art & Sculptures, Barcelona
Favorite thing: The appreciation of art and its harmonious inclusion in the fabric of the city is one of the most striking aspects about Barcelona. Everywhere you walk, anywhere you look, there is evidence of creativity and artistic expression. Attached are photos of such examples.
Favorite thing: Barcelona is known for its creative art, sculptures and architecture. Walking around Barcelona is like visiting a museum in and of itself. The more outlandish the better. I don't think I would want to be standing underneath this architectural wonder during an earthquake.
The Art Ticket, which can be purchased for 17 euros (as of March 2005), is excellent value for money. Almost every major European city has something similar and in every case that I've seen, they are well worth the investment. We aren't particularly into the tourist trappings of most cities but some things warrant a look. The Art Ticket will save you about 50% on entry to the Miro, the Pedrera, and four other museums that are are worth your time in Barcelona. We'd skip (in fact, we did) La Familia and any number of silly side venues. I was pleasantly surprised by the six sights served by the Art Ticket.
Fondest memory: Love the Miro for a number of reasons: it's compact, the art is well-spaced, it never seems overrun, it's fantastically silly to talk with each other about what the heck you see and it has a nice cafe...and he's a local boy. That's what visiting and vacations are all about.
The Miro sculpture "Dona i Ocell" [Woman and Bird] doesn't really fall into either the "Must See" or "Tourist Trap" categories - that is why I have put it here in the "General Tip" section.
Frankly, the sculpture itself is a bit of a disappointment. On the other hand, if you happen to be near the Placa Espanya underground station (Montjuic), it only involves going a couple of hundred yards out of your way.
Location: parc d'escorxador at the junction of Carrer Tarragona [which links Placa Espanya with Placa de Sants] and Carrer d'Arago.
It stands 22 metres (66 feet) high and was commissioned as part of Barcelona's 1983 public art initiative. An abstract sculpture, typical of Miro's work, it was considered frightfully daring in its day (at least by the locals, who were probably still reeling from the abortive coup d'etat a year earlier in 1982). Now it all seems rather tame. The concrete column is clad with broken coloured ceramic tiles (the work of Joan Artigas) to achieve a rough mosaic effect. The same technique - trencadis - is commonly found in Gaudi's architecture and interiors.
To be honest, it would be much more in keeping with its setting if it were sited near the Miro Foundation. Instead, it is located in a rather featureless park with an ill-omened name - parc d'escorxador - [Slaughterhouse Park - for this is where thousands of animals met their maker]. The sculpture looks a little sad and out of place. To sum up, "take a butcher's"* [take a look] if you are in the neighbourhood but otherwise "give it the bird"* [give it a miss].
* Cockney slang.
caixaforum is a modern forum of art. It is placed in a beautiful and interesting building that was an old modernista factory. Only for the building is worth to visit. Beside, the exhibitions inside are always interesting. There's peintings, music, tales...The most of times for free. The building is easily available, near to Pla?a d'Espanya.
----The Vision Of The Angel----
Salvador Dali.a believer in religion,and therefore in the force of its symbolism,depicts his idea of the unity of God(the thumb) from which all life emerges(the brunches of trees) with this sculpture.
On the right of God is hummanity,man bursting with life's vitality.
On the left one sees the presence of the angel which represents the meditative spirit,with this theological synthesis alvador Dali wishes to exhalt the presence of the Divine against all false is not within the wacillating ambiguity of humman reasoning.
----The Nobility Of Time----
Dali's soft watch is here draped against und supported by the remains of a tree whose roots writhe around a stone.A top it is a crown.To us,a crown of a watch is merely a mechamicall device that allows us to set the hand and wind the timepiece.But time on a Dalinian watch is changeless and can not be set,and the watch itself has no interior power nor motion.
There for Dali has set a royal crown a top the match to indentify its mastery over man rather than its utility to him.His majesty is attended on one side by a pensive angel and on the other by a woman handling a long piece of cloth.
Dali pays humage to the female figure,but adds his own special elements.Beauty of the flesh is temporary and will vanish,but the beauty of art is timeless and eternal.The Space Venus is divided into two parts to reveal the egg,symbolizing life,renewal,continuation and the future.
----The Profile Of Time----
All men must bend to the passing of time.We see Dali's profile within the face of the clock.There is a tear falling from his eye,lamenting the path of life which all men must travel.
----Humage To Terpsichore----
We see two surrealistic dancers that move in space.The dancer with the smooth classical form represents Grace and unconscious,the other with a cubist form represents the chaotic rhythm of modern life.Both form dancer side in everyone.
----The Snail And The Angel----
It's well-know that one of Dalis more obsessive fetishes is the snail,because it incoporates the paradox of softness(the animal),with hardness(the shell).
The snail is the symbol of the slow passing of time.The angel how keeps the forces of the spirit visits it to best the gift of unlimited speed.
----Alice In Wonderland----
Alice in wonderland is one of Dali's favorite images.She is eternal girl child who responds to the confusion of the world behind the looking glass with the irrfutable naivety of childhood.
After all her meetings with the inhabitants of the surrealist world,she returns to reality not only unharmed,but unchanged.
The rope is a twisted cord and the hands and hair have become roses,symbolizing feminine beauty.
----The Space Elephant----
The space elephant embodies the Dalinian symbol which was born in 1946 when the artist painted one of his most famous picture 'THE TEMPTATION OF ST.ANTONY'.
Moving thought space towards the heavens,legs stretched out and more delicate in the weightless atmosphere,the space elephant carries an obelisk,symbol of the progress of technology.
Check out the art around the city center, and in some of the galleries. Barcelona has some of the best art in the world, and it would be a shame to visit here without seeing any of it.
Fondest memory: I really miss all the of the free art around the city center.
Favorite thing: Juan miro's works : 'the woman and the bird' statue. (although i didnt notice where the woman and where the bird...) some words on juan miro. Joan Miro was probably one of the greatest artists of our time. Born in Cataluna, in Spain, on April 20, 1893, he was raised by a family who did not support his artistic endeavors, and, incidentally, forced him to become a bookkeeper. If it were not for his having a nervous breakdown, he would never have travelled to his parents' cabin in Montroig, and would never have discovered his love for the Catalunian landscape. He studied in Paris with Pablo Picasso, and also spent time living as a starving artist with Andre Masson. On October 12, 1929, he married Pilar Juncosa in Palma de Mallorca, and they settled in Paris. In 1959, he wins the 1958 International Guggenheim Award. In 1968, he recieved an honorary Doctorate by Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachussetts. on June 18, 1976, he even had a foundation began in his honor, 'Joan Miro Foundation', which is still being looked after by his followers and students in Spain. In 1979, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Barcelona. And, on December 25, 1983, Joan Miro perished in Palma de Mallorca.