This spring Barcelona has to offer a number of outstanding art exhibits among which we would like to highlight two that are already on view during the month of April 2017 - highly recommended!

Picasso Portraits, Picasso Museum, Barcelona
On view, until 25 of June 2017

The Museu Picasso in Barcelona presents the exhibition Picasso Portraits. This exhibition, co organised by the Museu Picasso, Barcelona and the National Portrait Gallery, London, accents the importance of the portrait in Picasso’s work. 

The exhibition brings together more than 80 pieces from public and private collections, revealing the technical media and variety of styles used by Picasso in working in portraiture, which was to always have an important place in his art. As well as acknowledged masterpieces, the exhibition also includes lesser-known paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints. 

We can find portraits of Dora Maar, Guillaume Apollinaire, Jean Cocteau, Nusch Éluard, Françoise Gilot, Max Jacob, Lee Miller, Fernande Olivier, Jacqueline Roque, Olga Khokhlova, Jaume Sabartés, Erik Satie, Igor Stravinsky, Miguel Utrillo and Marie-Thérèse Walter, amongst others.

Frederic Amat, Zoòtrop, Fundació LaPedrera
On view, until 16 July, 2017

Frederic Amat (Barcelona, 1952) is one of the leading figures in the contemporary Catalan art scene. His open concept of art has led him to incorporate numerous languages into his artistic practice, including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation art, performance, book illustration, videos, theatre set design and interventions in architectural spaces. 

The exhibition Frederic Amat "Zoòtrop" presents a selection of projects for interventions in natural and urban spaces, often associated with architecture, with the aim of drawing a map, a topography of the artist’s work, while seeking the poetic component present in it.

The title of the exhibition at La Pedrera, Zoetrope, is a reference to the stroboscopic device consisting of a rotating drum with slits cut in the sides through which the spectator can see a series of drawings which, as they spin, give the illusion of moving. Like a zoetrope, the exhibition intends to show the various facets of Frederic Amat’s work related to the space, architecture, the city and the landscape.

- by Angel Granero