: Museu Picasso

Amsterdam MapsThe Barcelona Picasso Museum was donated to the city of Barcelona by the artist. He trained as an artist here, and what he experienced here opened him up for him the path that he followed in the modern art world. The museum has a collection of works by Picasso from between 1895 and 1904, the years in which the he lived in Barcelona. The Picasso Museum occupies five medieval palaces: Aguilar, Baró de Castellet, Meca, Casa Mauri, and Palau Finestres, which have been restored various times throughout the centuries. Located in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona. Taking a cab is the best way to get here. Address: C Montcada, 15*23
08003 Barcelona
Phone: 933 196 310
Fax: 933 150 102 Website: http://www.museupicasso.bcn.es
Email: museupicasso@mail.bcn.es

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Amsterdam MapsThis wonderful museum displays more than 150 works by the noted surrealist/abstractionist, Joan Miró, including paintings and sculptures. The museum is itself a work of art and stands on a hill overlooking Barcelona, surrounded by beautiful views of the city. Miró's works stand alongside those of his contemporaries and friends like Calder, Moore, and Max Ernst. The foundation also features temporary exhibitions and concerts. This museum is a must for those who love abstract art! Location: Avinguda Miramar 71, Parc de Montjuïc
08038 Barcelona Phone: +(34) 93 329-1908
Fax: +(34) 93 329-8609 Open Tues,Wed,Fri,Sat - 10am-7pm
Thurs - 10am-9:30pm
Sun - 10am-2:30pm Entrance adults: € 7.20 reduced rate: € 3.90 Website:http://www.bcn.fjmiro.es

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: Museu Nacional D'Art De Catalunya

Events & HolidaysHigh above Barcelona in Parc Montjuic is the Palau Nacional de Montjuic, home to the Museu Nacional D'Art De Catalunya, and filled with 19th and 20th century artworks. This elegant palace is home to a permanent collection of Romanesque art, Catalunyan Gothic art, European masters collections including the renaissance and the baroque periods. Modernisme, Noucentisme, Avant-Garde and more are to be found here. Temporary exhibits of paintings, coins, sculpture, photography and more come and go, supplementing the extensive collection of art in the palace. Take the time and spend a day on Montjuic exploring the world of art in Catalunya. Open: Daily except Mondays. 10 am til 2:30 pm Sundays. 10 am to 7 pm other days. Phone:936 220 360

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: The Prado Museum

CuisineThe Prado museum houses one of the finest collections of classical art in the world. It was first established in 1819 as the Royal Academy of Fine Arts by King Ferdinand VII and his second wife, María Isabel de Braganza, who is considered the founder of the museum. It was nationalized in 1868, and the name was changed to Museo Nacional del Prado. The museum's collections, including 8,600 paintings are so large only about one-seventh can be put on display at one time. The collections include the works of great Flemish, Dutch, French, Italian, German and of course Spanish masters. One of the most famous paintings in the museum is the Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymous Bosch, one of many works "acquired" by Spain during it's rule of the low countries. Plan on spending at least one day visiting these masterpieces. More info:
Museo Nacional del Prado
Paseo del Prado s/n. 28014 Madrid
Administrative offices
Ruiz de Alarcón 23. 28014 Madrid
Tel.: 00 34 91 330 28 00
Fax: 00 34 91 330 28 56
website: www.museoprado.es
email: museo.nacional@prado.mcu.es Opening Hours: From 9am to 7pm, Tuesdays to Sundays and public holidays. (closed on Mondays). Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Galleries emptied 10 minutes before closing time. Admission: 6 Euros, 3 Euros reduced rate.
Free entry days:
Sundays (9am to 7pm)
12 October (Hispanidad Day)
6 December (Constitution Day)
2 May (Official Day, Region of Madrid)
18 May (International Museums Day)

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The DutchThere are actually three museums run by the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation. All are in the northeast corner of Spain known as Catalonia. Firstly, in the town of Pubol is the Gala Dalí Castle House-Museum. This castle-like mansion was designed as a tribute to Salvador’s wife Gala, a space where she could live like royalty in rooms filled with Dalí’s artworks, and uncluttered spaces suitable for the grand visions of the master. Near Cadaqués on the rocky coast is the second Salvador Dalí House-Museum, located in Port Lligat, opened to the public in 1997. This is the village in which Dalí stayed for lengthy periods during his childhood and youth. The rambling home sits on the side of a cove filled with fishing boats, and it's made up from a cluster of fishermen's huts structured in the form of a labyrinth. The house has an artist’s studio, library, and bedrooms open to the public.
Theater-Museum Dalí, FigueresThirdly, the “Theater-Museum Dalí” opened in Figueres in 1974. Dalí said at the time that, “the museum should not be considered as a museum, it is a gigantic surrealist object, everything inside is coherent, there is nothing that escapes from the webs of my understanding.” This collection includes everything from jewelry to sculpture, drawings and paintings, and room-sized fixed installations like the famed “Tribute to Mae West.” Displayed on the upper floors are many works by other artists, from El Greco to Vallès.
Courtyard in Dali MuseumIn the center courtyard is an outdoor sculpture called “Rainy Cadillac.” A classic auto features a huge bronze statue standing on the hood like an oversized Valkyrie, and from behind the car sprouts a huge column adorned atop with a boat dripping huge globs of surrealistic blue water. When you peer in the windows of the Cadillac, you’ll see Salvador and Gala smiling and waving at you from the back seat, as they were often seen tooling around the local countryside.
Mae West RoomBorn in Figueres in on May 11, 1904, the visionary Catalonian named Salvador Dali i Domènech was painting at an early age, and went to Madrid to study fine art in 1922. Here he met and was influenced by his avant-garde friends, poet Federico García Lorca and filmmaker Luis Buñuel. Involved with the production of a shocking little film by Buñuel called “Andalusian Dog,” Dali made a name for himself at an early age as an artist that would do anything to get his message across to the world.
Typical Surrealist Dalí PaintingIn the late 1920’s Salvador Dalí decamped to Paris and joined a group of surrealist painters and sculptors. Here in Paris he created some of the most amazing Surrealistic art ever made. Masterpieces such as The Great Masturbator, The Spectre of Sex Appeal, The Lugubrious Game and The Persistence of Memory (Soft Watches) are from this time. In the summer of 1929 the French poet Paul Éluard and his wife Helena Diakonova visited Dali at his Portlligat refuge, near Cadaqués in Spain. Also known as Gala, she decided on first sight to become his exclusive model, and lover. Although almost ten years older, she obviously dumped her husband immediately for the salacious and amazing young artist Salvador. Dalí became enraptured, and they were inseparable for the rest of her life. You can see her face floating serenely through many Dalí paintings and in other imagery and media. During World War Two Dalí and Gala fled to America, where his dreamlike paintings met with a lot of success, and he became popular for pieces such as Soft Self-Portrait with Fried Bacon, Basket of Bread – Rather Death than Shame, Leda Atòmica and The Madonna of Portlligat. He also wrote “The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí.” In 1948 he went back home to the Figueres region, and his place in Portlligat. Concerning his own “personal” home in Port Lligat Dalí said: “It was there I learnt to become poor, to limit and file down my thoughts so that they would acquire the sharpness of an axe, where blood tasted of blood and honey of honey. A life that was hard, without metaphor or wine, a life with the light of eternity.” Dalí delved deeply into religious themes during the next two decades while cranking out tons more work. Then in 1974 he opened the Theater-Museum in Figueres, with a grant from the Spanish government believe it or not, putting together this amazing masterpiece of surrealistic art. After his wife Gala died, he spent the last years of his life in the Torre Galatea house in Figueres, near the Dalí Theatre-Museum, where he was buried. In the museum look for a blank stone set into the floor of the theater’s stage, under the geodesic dome. This is where Dalí is resting, hopefully in peace.

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: Parc de la Ciutadella

Things to Do in AmsterdamParc de la Ciutadella Barcelona's Old Town grew around the features of La Rambla with it's wide avenue leading to the sea, the Barri Gotic with its winding streets, La Ribera and it's amazing mansions, and the Parc de la Ciutadella which features several huge, important museums of art and culture. The Parc de la Ciutadella has a long and interesting history. Originally this was a fortress designed in the shape of a star, in 1715 by Prosper Verboom (possibly a Dutchman?) for then King Felipe V. The Citadel was built to be used by his forces against the Bourbon kings. Following an 18 month seige, the fortress fell, and eventually became a hated symbol of oppression for the local Catalunyans under the Napoleonic regime - as a prison. Located here in the Parc de la Ciutadella are not only beautiful gardens and greenhouses but also the National Zoo, the Museu d'Art Modern with its fine examples of Catalunyan artists of all media, the Arc del Triomf - originally the main gate to the Universal Exhibition in 1888, the Homentage de Picasso - an odd glass cube in a pond with arcane objects decaying inside, and the Monument in Colors. The Catalunyans are so proud of their heritage, that often the average man will profess to you in casual conversation, that Catalan is definitely NOT a dialect of Spanish, and thus these great palaces of art here in Old Town Barcelona are proudly known as Catalunyan Museums of Art. In 1878, the so-called "enlightened" dictator General Prim destroyed the Citadel, and a statue was erected to him on the spot. Now a public garden and exhibition space, the buildings that inhabit the grounds and area are palaces of typical Spanish architecture, filled with art. In 1888 the park was used for the Universal Exhibition which is when many of the beautiful buildings were constructed. The gardens and fountain were designed way back when with the help of the then-young artist Antoni Gaudí. The centerpiece of the park however is the large lake with rowboats for rent. Popular even in January, the lake is a refuge from the city's heat in the middle of August - with trees around its shore offering cool shady spots.

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Amsterdam TipsDominating the Barcelona skyline, this remarkable unfinished church is an artistic and religious statement by the famous Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). With the dramatic entryways and the 100 meter high belltowers already completed, La Sagrada Familia stands tall as a monument to the man, Barcelona, Catalonia and God. Started in 1883, the site is still a work in progress, and hopefully the project will be completed by 2050. Gaudí lent his inimitable style to this huge undertaking, and designed so many unique features and touches, like the mosaic tiles on the top of this tower (above). The effect of the whole structure is indescribable. Entrance: 6 Euros adults, 1.50 Euros for lift up spires. If you see the line almost at the front entrance, expect to wait about 45 minutes for the lift. In my view, it’s not worth that long a wait. The views aren’t complete 360 degrees, and there’s not really a good viewing platform. Tip:There's another lift for the spires on the otherside, usually with a much shorter line! If this is your only chance to see the city from above, take it, otherwise there are better views from Montjuïc, Mt. Tibidabo, even Parc Güell. The Sagrada Familia should be avoided on very windy days due to all the dust coming from the construction at the site. The Gaudí Museum in the Sagrada Familia details more than a century of construction on this huge project. Scale models and photos illustrate the grand design Gaudí had in mind. What you now see is only about half of what will be. In fact the central spire of the Sagrada Familia is supposed to tower way above what exists now. Work continues and it’s estimated that by 2050 it might finally be completed. The plan is truly awesome, and it will be a miracle if it ever gets completed. Website: http://sagfam.deakin.edu.au/english/Welcome/welcome_text.htm
Metro: Sagrada Familia

Note: One of the most unusual churches in the world, the Sagrada Familia is still a work in progress. Designed by Antoni Gaudí, it's an inspired, surreal vision and one of Barcelona's most visited landmarks.

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: Manet... Velazquez... The Spanish Manner in the Nineteenth Century

Postcards from AmsterdamNow showing until January 5th, 2003 at the Musée d'Orsay If you love art for the good old-fashioned pleasure of seeing paint beautifully applied to a canvas, then this is the show for you. The curatorial goal is to demonstrate the influence of 17thc Spanish artists—Velazquez, Goya and Zurburan—on 19thc French artists like Manet, Delacroix, and Courbet. But in order to make that convincing case, the curators also happened to assemble an extraordinarily gorgeous group of paintings. Half of these hail from what is referred to as the "Golden Age" of Spanish painting, and the other half from a time when the French avant-garde never looked better. Some visitors to "Spanish Manner" may find that Baroque manner a bit heavy on the religion. But even a modern agnostic has to be moved by the Spanish masters' sublime use of shadows and light. Manet certainly was; he considered Velazquez in particular to be "the painter of painters." As you can see for yourself in the major collection of Manets assembled here, the Frenchman studied the subtleties of the Spaniard's spare, dramatic effects quite closely. The 19th century French vogue for all things Spanish (nationalities, like fashions, apparently have their popular moments!) meant that artists had increased opportunity to see these works first-hand. The curators have thoroughly documented the when, where, and how of these encounters, and their wall texts will certainly please the egg-head art historians in the crowd. For everyone else, the paintings are quite enough of a story. Calling All Manet Fans!
Double Feature at the Musée d'Orsay Planning to visit the Musée d'Orsay in the next few months? Allow us to recommend an ideal pairing—a Paris Muse "Impressionists" tour followed by a visit to the "Spanish Manner" exhibition. By studying both Manet's "Olympia" and "Dejeuner sur l'herbe" in depth, the tour serves as solid introduction to the his radical innovations. And a subsequent visit to the "Spanish Manner" show then offers a unique opportunity to see the full range of his painterly gifts. It's been drawing enthusiastic Parisian crowds for precisely that reason! For more about this tour and the arts in Paris, visit Paris Muse, offering private museum tours for the creative traveler

Note: If you love art for the good old-fashioned pleasure of seeing paint beautifully applied to a canvas, then this is the show for you.

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: Pompidou Center

Things to Do in AmsterdamPompidou Center also called Centre Beaubourg, was completed in 1977. This imposing structure got off to a very controversial start (not unlike the Eiffel Tower), with many critics protesting the clash between the modernist/industrial design and the surrounding classical Parisian architecture. To allow for more unobstructed exhibition space, Pompidou Center's utilities were put on the outside. The façade makes the building look like an oil refinery or a power plant. Things like airconditioning ducts and plumbing snake around the outside of the building, and their color-coded conduits indicate the various building functions they perform. Recent renovations have improved the exhibition space including the National Museum of Modern Art which specializes in 20th century artists including the Dadists like Man Ray, Surrealists like Dalí, Cubists like Picasso and their contemporaries. This museum has one of the best collections in the world, and a must for anyone interested in Modern Art. Also in the building are a very popular public library that's open late, and IRCAM, the Institute for Acoustic and Musical Research. There's an excellent view from the sixth floor, where Georges Restaurant serves up splendid meals along with the view! (reservations recommended) Some interesting modern sculptures surround the center in several plazas that are good places to meet people and get your bearings. Open 11am - 10pm everyday except Tuesday
Metro: Rambuteau
Exhibition Entrance: €8.54
Website: www.centrepompidou.fr

Note: The incongruous Pompidou Center is home to the National Museum of Modern Art, a public library and Georges Restaurant. It's a major tourist destination and fascinating place to visit.

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: Franz Kafka Exhibition

Things to Do in AmsterdamFranz Kafka was born in the Old Town Square in Prague in 1883. The son of German/Jewish/Czech parents, he wrote exclusively in German. He was a very influential writer, and his stories dealt with faceless bureaucracy and social alientation. His most famous works are The Trial and Metamophosis. Kafka's work wasn't published until after his death, then the Nazis and Communists both banned his work. Yet his books managed to strike a chord with many writers who felt he'd broken new ground with his social commentary fiction. This exhibition displays some of Kafka's original works and photographs from the period. It's worth a visit to pay homage to a man who influenced so many writers (this one included!). Location: Prague 1, U Radnice 5 (Old Town Square)
Open: Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 6pm, Saturdays 10am - 5pm Entrance Fee: 20 crowns

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