Barcelona's Best Museums for Photography Inspiration

Barcelona has been the home of many a renowned artist and ism and is one of the world’s top cultural hotspots, hands down. Whether for music, contemporary art, architecture, literature, theatre, dance, film or (our favourite) photography, the city is a great muse. Of course, with so many paintbrushes, lenses and synthesizers capturing colours, light and sound, it is only natural that the Catalan capital also be full of museums, galleries and art centres. Below is our pick of Barcelona’s best museums for photography inspiration, ranging from historical to contemporary.

Art History:

Photo by Cha già José

Photo by Cha già José

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunia (MNAC): With their thousand years of art slogan, it’s easy to lose track of time in this stunning museum. From Romanesque murals, to modernist art and also a photography section, this is a source for any and all kinds of inspiration.

Famous Catalan Artists:

Photo by Kelle Cruz

Photo by Kelle Cruz

Of course, the Picasso Museum is one of the first that comes to mind and showcases 4251 works of the famous Spanish artist, as well as different exhibitions. Currently the museum is featuring a retrospective of the relationship between the works of Dali and Picasso.

Photo by rishon-lezion

Photo by rishon-lezion

Another interesting spot is the Fundación Joan Miró that showcases both the artist’s works and contemporary arts exhibits including photography exhibits in the centre’s lobby.

photo by Joan Grífols

photo by Joan Grífols

Antoni Tapies is another famous Catalan artist that founded his fundació in 1984 to promote modern and contemporary art; it also has a fantastic library with a lot of the artist’s books which he donated to the foundation.

photo by Dann Tara

photo by Dann Tara

Of course, all of Gaudi’s architecture, including Casa Batllo, Sagrada Familia and Park Guell are great sources of inspiration, and a must for anyone visiting the city.

photo by David Ramos

photo by David Ramos

And, if you’re up for a little road tripping, schedule in a two day tour around the Catalunia towns of Figueres, Portlligat and Pubol to check out the three Dali Museums and some alternative photography landscape opportunities as well. 

Contemporary Art:

photo by Vincent Moschetti

The MACBA is one of the most frequented museums by art connoisseurs and features a spectacular collection of contemporary art from the second half of the twentieth century with a strong focus on experimental works and mixed media. Additionally, it was designed by Richard Meier and is an architectural experience in itself. The library and auditorium is a great place to go for references and screenings.

photo by Guillem Ferran

photo by Guillem Ferran

Arts Santa Mónica: Located in the historical Santa Monica convent, this arts centre was later restored and turned into a contemporary art hotspot for upcoming artists in multidisciplinary fields, including photography.

photo by artfridge

photo by artfridge

Fundació Suñol: This private owned museum, featuring Josep Suñol’s collection of over 1000 artworks by Warhol, Picasso, Man Ray, just to name a few. The centre also hosts temporary exhibits, poetry readings, seminars and more.

Photography Centres:

photo by Josep Ma. Rosell

Centro de Fotografía y Medios Documentales (CDF): This photography centre is a meeting point for photographers and documentary artists as it offers courses, workshops and seminars as well as having a space for temporary photography exhibits in Poble Sec. 

Fundació Foto Colectania: This photography foundation has a great collection of over 2000 Spanish and Portuguese photographs dating back from the fifties onwards as well as featuring temporary exhibits.

Photography Galleries:

Some great places to find photographic inspiration and also meet people who are in the loop are photography galleries. Look into Galería Valid Foto and Il Mondo Galería