Art Exhibition, Alicante
From April 2 till october 13 there is a temporary exposition called La belleza del cuerpo. Arte y pensamiento en la Grecia antigua.
A collection of Greek sculptures (some of them are really Roman copies of a Greek original) have been brought from the British Museum.
The most significant is the Myron's Discobolus but there are also other nice pieces such as a nice composition of a satyr and a nympha, Heracles, Afrodite, Eros, a philosopher...
There are also amphorae and other pottery, terracote figurines and stelas.
The exposition is completed with a smaller one called Huellas griegas en la Contestania ibérica that shows some samples of the greek influence on the region that comprised the province of Alicante and parts of the provinces of Valencia, Albacete and Murcia. This part of the exposition is at the library, the nicest piece of the Museum. This piece was once the chapel of the Provincial Hospital.
Gravina Palace, built in the 18th century, houses now the Museo de Bellas Artes Gravina.
The museum keeps a great collection of paintings and other pieces of art, with special attention to artists from Alicante.
Gravina Palace is a 18th century building located in the heart of the city and it hosts one of its most important museums: the Fine Arts Gallery MUBAG, with works dating from the Middle Ages to 1920.
From October to May, Tuedays at 20.00 h, classical music concerts for free are held inside. The First Wednesday of every month, conferences on the interpretation of particular masterpieces are hosted as well.
Open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10.00 h to 14.00 h and from 16.00 to 20.00 h.
Open on Sundays and holidays from 10.00 h to 16.00 h.
Closed on Mondays. FREE ENTRANCE.
La Lonja is the building where Alicante fishermen used to sell their captures every morning. Uncontrolled fishing and overconstrucion are killing the Mediterranean and nowadays towns like Alicante get by thanks to tourism.
The building has an E-shape with two open patios and was formerly raised over an iron structure. It shows a historicist style and includes some nort-african details. It was created in 1921 and since 1992 it has been owned by the local government and a lot of different art exhibitions have been installed inside.
September to June, open:
Tuesdays to Fridays from 10:00 to 14:00 h and from 16:00 to 21:00 h
Saturdays from 10:00 to 14:00 h and from 18:00 to 21:00 h
Sundays and festivities from 10:00 to 14:00 h
Closed on Mondays.
July and August, open:
Only Tuesdays to Saturdays from 17:00 to 22:00 h
The building is fairly new (built in 1931) and the architect who planned it (Juan Vidal Ramos) chose to do it in a generic way under Italian influence, very similar to the Palacio Borbónico in Madrid.
The Diputación building (reformed in 2006) occupies the whole block of the Avenida de la Estación (railway station avenue) and inside there are a very interesting art gallery where temporary exhibitions are shown and tons of offices for the local governors and workers.
The art exhibitions are open:
Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 h and from 18:00 to 21:00 h
In the Sala Taberna I liked most this ax and everything else you need to cut wood. All these objects are made of glass. They really look very real. If I remember right they were made by a German artist.