Artistic Genius in Barcelona

Artistic Genius in Barcelona

May 2018 – Music and Markets Barcelona Tour
Barcelona, Spain

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Montjuic rises near the sea, crowned with a fort, several sites for the 1992 Summer Olympics, and parks and museums, the most popular one filled with Joan Miró’s work….which was the impetus for our Barcelona Tour when in 2012 there was a special Miró exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. At the suggestion of the former Director of Music at the gallery, we put together a week full of art and music for a new Music and Markets tour – and liked it so much that we’ve continued to offer it!
Tracing Miró’s work from beginning to end, Fondation Miró is an open, airy, and well-designed space, welcoming individuals and groups of all ages. There have always been young school children there when we’ve visited, and it’s delightful to watch them discover the secrets and lessons within these colorful works with the help of an engaging young docent.
We soar through the air to our next destination, Barceloneta on the beach. After a stroll along the sand, taking in art installations both permanent and transitory, we find our reserved table at Can Majo to enjoy some fabulous seafood – this chef is a genius of taste and presentation too! It’s not far back to the hotel, and we all enjoy the walk after our deliciously filling meal.
More artistry awaits us beside a peaceful cloister in the chapel of Santa Anna in the Barri Gotic at an evening concert –Ksenia Axelroud and Joan Benejam, the Barcelona Duo de Guitarra. Spanish melodies of Albéniz, Granados and Soler fill the intimate space, before a rousing finale from Bizet’s Carmen.
Stopping for tapas at a couple of places on the way back to the hotel, we enjoy a final stroll through the Born, with Santa Maria del Mar’s belltower lighting our way.

Miró Musings and Lunch at the Beach

Miró Musings and Lunch at the Beach

Spring in Spain – – Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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The Miró Exhibition that inspired this tour, Joan Miró and the Ladder of Escape, is at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC until August 12… well worth a visit if you’re in the area. Miró wanted his native Barcelona to have his own collection of art, and in 1972 asked his friend Josep Llluis Sert to design its home, the Fundació Miró, atop Montjuic Hill. The airy white space is a perfect backdrop for Miro’s work, which expresses his own colorful and playful language in sculpture, painting, textiles works and drawings.

Laia, our guide, translates his idiom for us, pointing out the changes in his work, especially visible in the civil war and repressed Franco years.

We enjoy watching the engagement of young schoolchildren, who easily respond to the bright colors and quirky squiggles and shapes of the art and the enthusiastic explanations of the guide.

Both inside

and out Miró’s creations fascinate and intrigue.

It’s a gorgeous day for an aerial swoop across the bay to the beaches of Barceloneta.

From the Montjuic Aerie we watch a crew training far below,

and bright swathes of fishing nets drying in the sun.

Down the tower elevator, and we’re soon walking along the beach,

past a relaxed (!) Homer,

to Can Majó, for some of the best seafood in Barcelona.

We begin with a few nibbles – olives, pa amb tomaquet (toasted bread rubbed with tomato and garlic – yum!), and some of my favorite fried artichokes.

Oh – have to try some razor clams too

with some icy Sangria to wash it all down.

But be sure to leave room for the house specialty, Fideua – Barcelona’s answer to paella.
Can Majó is another of our don’t miss Barcelona favorites – such delicious food in such a relaxing and beautiful place!