Beyond Museums: The Art Enthusiast’s Guide To Spain

Last Updated on March 28, 2021

Art lovers often flock to Spain, as it’s where celebrated artists such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, El Greco, and Francisco Goya all worked and lived. Moreover, the country is home to some of the best museums in the world such as the Guggenheim and Museo del Prado.

Whether you’re in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, or Seville, you’re bound to set foot in a place that showcases Spanish history, culture, and art. But apart from the hushed atmosphere of these iconic institutions, there are other places in the country where you can see, engage, and even learn different forms of art. Go beyond museums and experience Spain’s thriving art culture.

Attend art seminars and workshops in Barcelona

One of the top ways to learn new and creative techniques is to attend seminars or workshops, and a few Spanish schools and universities offer these types of short-term classes during the summer months.

The Escola d’Arts i Oficis in Barcelona offers workshops on ceramics, sculpture, and plastic arts from June to August, while the Barcelona Academy of Art holds regular workshops on traditional art such as drawing and painting. Apart from learning the basics such as sketching facial features and expressions by hand, you’ll also learn to do this digitally as these schools also offer short courses on digital art.

Check out the galleries in Madrid

Right at the back of the Reina Sofia Museum is a street where you’ll find some of the best galleries that showcase contemporary art pieces. This street is Calle del Doctor Fourquet, and here, you can check out places such as the Galeria Alegria, Helga de Alvear, Espacio Minimo, Moises Perez de Albeniz Gallery, and about 10 more galleries, all in the same area.

Meanwhile, fans of alternative art should stop by La Tabacalera, and apart from galleries, you’ll find warehouses where you can do some DIY artwork, so be open to adventure and get ready to try your hand at doing some local art.

Engage in alternative art

If you’re a fan of alternative art or graffiti, then Spain is the place to be as there are lots of graffiti parks and legal graffiti walls in the country where you can observe artists doing what they love to do.

Head to the Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies in Cabanes Park, Barcelona and witness how street artists express themselves on the three concrete walls in this space. Sabadell also has several streets wherein graffiti is perfectly legal, and the best of them can be seen in Serra de’n Camaro and Ies del Valles.

Witness traditional performance art

Spain is where you can watch the best performances by dancers, theatre actors, and singers, but if you’re looking to watch a traditional performance, then head to a flamenco show at some of the most iconic venues in the country. If you’re in Seville, you’ll find the most authentic flamenco performances at Los Gallos and La Casa del Flamenco.

If you’re in Madrid, check out La Pacheca restaurant for impromptu performances, while a flamenco in Corral de la Moreria is a must-see for those who are passionate about the art of dance. Art can be found everywhere in Spain. Go beyond the museums to experience the country’s exciting art culture and have fun!