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Barcelona Modernisme Museum

The history of the artistic movement that changed Barcelona

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Modernisme is the term that encompasses the architectural style and the literary, musical and visual arts culture that predominated in Catalonia from 1890 to 1910. It was also a political movement that defined fin-de-siècle Catalan society. To get a more in-depth idea of its history and what it represented for Catalonia the best option is a visit to Barcelona Modernisme Museum.

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Why visit Barcelona Modernisme Museum?

Barcelona Modernisme Museum is housed, appropriately enough, in a Modernista building, a former textile warehouse designed in 1902 by Enric Sagnier, one of the movement’s most prolific architects. It is a private institution that exhibits the collection of the husband-and-wife team of antique dealers formed by Fernando Pinós and Maria Guirao, the owners of the Gothsland art gallery. The exhibition includes some 350 pieces of furniture, paintings and sculptures by key figures of the movement such as Antoni Gaudí, Josep Llimona, Puig i Cadafalch, Enric Clarasó, Gaspar Homar, Joan Busquets and Francesc Vidal i Jevellí.

Its outstanding exhibits include part of the furniture designed by Gaudí for Casa Batlló; Modernista posters and portraits by artists like Ramon Casas and Santiago Rusiñol; sculptures by Miquel Blay, the creator of the fountain in Plaça d’Espanya; and a number of glass, ceramic and wrought iron pieces.


How do you get to Barcelona Modernisme Museum?

Hop off at the Casa Batlló – Fundació Antoni Tàpies stop on the Red or Blue Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic and follow Carrer del Consell de Cent and then turn down Carrer de Balmes. Or you can hop off at the Eixample stop on the Blue Route, which is extremely close.


For the most curious of you

  • Did you know? At Barcelona Modernisme Museum you can find original pieces of furniture from buildings as significant as Casa Batlló and Casa Lleó i Morera.
  • Local’s tip: After visiting Barcelona Modernisme Museum you can drop by Carrer d’Enric Granados, a street full of bars and restaurants where you can take a breather or have a bite to eat before continuing with your route.
  • A must: To learn about aspects of the Modernisme movement beyond architecture.