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The 17 best art galleries in Barcelona

In need of an art fix? The first thing you might think of is its famous museums; the beloved Picasso Museum, for example, or the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. And while those are both must-sees, the indie art galleries you’ll find throughout Barcelona are equally as interesting.

From limited exhibitions to displays of local Barcelona artists, these galleries allow for fresh takes on art. Some even put on weekly events to get involved in. oh, and lots of them are completely free. Looking to discover something amazing? Here are the best art galleries in Barcelona. 

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This guide was written by the editorial team at Time Out Barcelona. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines

15 Best Art Galleries in Barcelona

Senda

©Galeria Senda

1. Senda

  • Art
  • Eixample

This historical gallery of Barcelona was founded in 1991 and recently moved to Trafalgar Street in 2015. The space is headed by Carlos Duran and Chus Roig and stands out for its eclecticism. The gallery supports young artists, but also known names from the national and international levels. It flees from unidirectional thinking and speaks all kinds of artistic languages.

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Artur Ramon Art

Artur Ramon Art

2. Artur Ramon Art

This gallery has its origins in a large antique shop and focuses on paintings and drawing. Artur Ramon Art has a modernised and cosy space offering contemporary approaches to unique and high-quality artwork, as well as a private gallery space with some pieces available to buy. 

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Bombon

© Galeria Bombon

3. Bombon

  • Art

Bernat Daviu and Joana Rueda are the masterminds behind Bombon, an adventure in the form of a gallery that moves away from conventional galleries. They promote and represent artists, but also want to be a multipurpose space where many things can occur. The most import thing however is that new generations are encouraged with contemporary art.

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Galeria Mayoral

© Galeria Mayoral

4. Galeria Mayoral

  • Art
  • Eixample

Specializing in postwar art, big names like Miró, Picasso, Dalí, the members of Dau al Set and artists who had a special link with Catalonia, such as Calder, Magritte, Chagall, Chillida, Saura or Millares can all be found here. Each piece has a purpose and is a result of an intense process of research and documentation.

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Chiquita Room

© Maria Dias

5. Chiquita Room

  • Art
  • Sant Antoni

This artistic space in the Sant Antoni neighbourhood was conceived as a gallery, residence for artists, cultural promoter, and publisher of art books. Chiquita Room was born out of the publishing project by Laura González, Chiquita Ediciones, an independent micro publisher of art books focused on interdisciplinary work and expanded editions. ‘It’s a place for sharing,’ says González, ‘for making art accessible, for leaving complexes behind, for personal development.’

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Marlborough

© Marlborough

6. Marlborough

  • Art

The Marlborough family of galleries was founded in London in 1946 and won prestige in the 1950s for being the first gallery to show the German Expressionists in London. By 1958 Marlborough was representing such artists as Oskar Kokoschka, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Victor Pasmore and Lucian Freud.In 1962 the New York gallery was opened, followed by Tokyo and Madrid. They also have spaces in Chile, Florida, Monaco, Chelsea and, of course, Barcelona, which was inaugurated in 2006.

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ProjecteSD

©Ivan Moreno

7. ProjecteSD

  • Art
  • Eixample

Silvia Dauder’s penchant for new photography and film is sculpted into subtle, provocative and highly original shows. Limited-edition artists’ texts, detailed explanations in English and Silvia’s own bilingual talents complement the exhibitions. You’ll enter intrigued, but emerge informed. Look out for Patricia Dauder, Pieter Vermeersch and Asier Mendizábal.

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Joan Prats

8. Joan Prats

  • Art
  • Eixample

Ever since its inception in 1976, Joan Prats has been part of art fairs Arco, Art Basel and Art Basel-Miami Beach. The gallery is committed to different artistic diciplines and names of the contemporary scene such as Ràfols Casamada, Luis Gordillo, Juliao Sarmento, Perejaume, Carles Congost or Teresa Solar Abboud, among others. The gallery was one of the city’s pioneers in contemporary art and continues to promote the various forms these artists use to express themselves.

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Nogueras Blanchard

©Nogueras Blanchard

9. Nogueras Blanchard

  • Art
  • Areas

This gallery moved in 2015 from C/ Xucla in Barcelona to its current location in L’Hospitalet. It worked with fifteen artists, including Ester Partegàs, Leandro Erlich and Wilfredo Prieto, names with commitment or their own voice to challenge the viewer about the world around him.

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ADN

Photograph: ADN

10. ADN

  • Art
  • Eixample

ADN started out with the aim of creating a hybrid platform between commercial mediation and cultural contribution to disseminate current artistic trends. The gallery focuses on projects that reflect contextual dynamics, and artists working in the socio-political realm, such as Eugenio Merino, Núria Güell, the collective known as Democracia, and Carlos Aires, among others.

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RocioSantaCruz ART

©RocioSantaCruzART

11. RocioSantaCruz ART

  • Art
  • Dreta de l’Eixample

This contemporary art gallery is run by Rocio Santa Cruz, who previously headed up projects such as Raiña Lupa o + R, and now approaches the gallery as a space to produce. The gallery also supports and exhibits works by local artists in the area, including veterans such as Ferran Garcia Sevilla and younger artists such as Mar Arza and Blanca Casas.

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Àngels Barcelona

© Àngels Barcelona

12. Àngels Barcelona

  • Art
  • Ciutat Vella

Hurrah to local gallery owner and entrepreneur Emilio Álvarez for keeping the Barcelona contemporary art world alive – and its various factions talking to one another. This smart space shows photography and video pieces, and hosts the occasional performance. Nearby Room Service (C/Àngels; 16, 93 302 1016), is dedicated to furniture design, while Álvarez’s restaurant Carmelitas shows lo-fi video art at mealtimes (C/Doctor Dou 1, 93 412 4684, www.carmelitasgallery.com).

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Estrany de la Mota

© Galeria Estrany de la Mota

13. Estrany de la Mota

  • Art
  • Eixample

This cavernous basement is one of the most intriguing art spaces in the city. It hosts outstanding contemporary exhibitions, particularly in photography and film, from the likes of Finnish artist Esko Männikkö and Scottish film buff Douglas Gordon.

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Galeria Miquel Alzueta

14. Galeria Miquel Alzueta

  • Art
  • Vila de Gràcia

Pictorial and photographic gallery that works with established and emerging artists.

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Sala Parés

© Sala Parés

15. Sala Parés

  • Art
  • Ciutat Vella

Sala Parés is the oldest running art gallery in Barcelona, and it was also the first to open in all of Spain. In 1991, contemporary art gallery Galeria Trama opened in the same street, sharing an address with the Sala Parés. More recently the entire space started operating only as Sala Parés, and features figurative and realistic paintings as well as other contemporary works that span disciplines, such as sculpture, photography, video art and other hybrid styles.

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A34

© a34

16. A34

  • Art
  • Eixample

The gallery of Paco Revés opened its doors in 2005; A veteran art lover who in the past had a foothold in the world of entertainment. In this gallery, art pieces are mixed with unconventional objects and furniture. They represent artists such as Antoni Llena, Joan Miró, Luis Marsans, Hernández Pijuan and Saul Steinberet, among others.

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Halfhouse

© Halfhouse

17. Halfhouse

Sinéad Spelman and Alberto Peral have swapped Vallvidrera for La Verneda and now share a gallery and space with other artist friends. And although Halfhouse is no longer just an exhibition space, the project continues to support independent art and maintains its welcoming spirit, always inviting creatives to develop interesting and different projects.

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