La Virreina Centre de la Imatge

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La Virreina Centre de la Imatge

La Virreina Centre de la Imatge
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10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM

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The area
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Neighbourhood: La Rambla
Barcelona's most famous street was once a dry riverbed. Now, La Rambla is a 1200-metre boulevard, and a major draw for visitors. During the day, La Rambla fills with pedestrians, some of which stroll past impressive human statues and artists while others take a break to people-watch while enjoying a drink at one of the many terraces. Housed here is the iconic Boqueria Market that offers one of the most varied and appetising selections of local produce and specialty meats and treats. While it’s important for tourists to keep an eye on their belongings at all times, this area is most safely explored in the daytime and is a must see for everyone who visits.
How to get there
  • Liceu • 2 min walk
  • Jaume I • 8 min walk
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,416 contributions
Brilliant Exhibition of Traditional Catalan Giants
Feb. 2020
We saw a brilliant, free exhibition of traditional Catalan Gegants (Giants) on the ground floor here. The doors were open to the public and we were passing so we just walked in. I didn't know anything about the Catalan tradition of parades and giant figures beforehand so I was fascinated by this.
The tradition goes back to the 15th century when they were Biblical or religious figures in feast-day parades. Tradition evolved and the giants started to take different forms, from kings and queens to modern beasts and creatures designed to scare the pants off kids.
Among the beasts on display were bat-like creatures, demons, three-headed dogs and winged dragon skeletons. Each of the figures, had sets of spikes along their tails, on their claws and wings and inside their mouths. These are launching points for fireworks. Once alight, the creatures appear to come alive and spit flames and sparks. I don't know if this would have absolutely terrified or delighted me when I was a child. Probably both in equal parts.
The exhibition also had some older more traditional giants, including a towering figure of St Eulalia, patron saint of the city (she was familiar because her remains are interred at the Cathedral). The human giants were all about 3 or 4 metres tall and would have had a real person inside the costume so that they could appear to walk or float down the street. On a closer look, we could see the mesh panel on the costume that allowed whoever was under there to breathe. I imagine it would still be pretty claustrophobic.
On 9th February, the giants were going to depart from the Palace for a procession and fireworks display through the streets. Unfortunately we were gone by then which was such a shame – I would have loved to see it.
Although this was a temporary exhibition, I can see other reviews from around the same time last year, that it looks like it might be an annual event. If so, it is definitely worth looking out for. Although throughout the year other photographic or artistic exhibitions are held here also.
Other than the exhibition, there was not much to see in the palace itself. It was built in 1772 by the Viceroy of Peru and although we could walk up and around the grand central staircase, most of the building seemed to be closed or off-limits which is understandable as it is the working headquarters for the Culture Institute.
Written 23 August 2020
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Jens Siewert
Oldenburg, Germany19 contributions
Nice exhibitions and free
Jan. 2020 • Couples
There are exhibitions in a very beautiful old town palace. The entrance is free. Who is interested in photography should take the opportunity to visit.
Written 5 January 2020
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Dr Raymond D
Tamworth, Australia384 contributions
Photography
May 2019 • Couples
There was an exhibition of the works of August Sander, Maria Acha-Kutscher when we were there, and Claudio Zulian's work was the next to be shown. The photography was brilliant and very detailed and we spent about half an hour or so examining them all.
Written 10 June 2019
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BeynacWalk
Minneapolis, MN14 contributions
Fantastic! Largest August Sander collection you will ever see
Apr. 2019 • Couples
If you love fine black and white portrait photography, catch La Virreina's current August Sander show, ending sometime in June. This is the largest show I have ever heard of for Sander--and even if you think you know his work, La Virreina's show will open your eyes to the breadth of his vision (typically, museums only have one or two of his pieces). Beautifully curated and displayed, and also free of charge. Amazing.
Written 27 April 2019
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leenylove
Delray Beach, FL1,192 contributions
Best keep secret free to visit and interesting
Jan. 2019 • Couples
My husband and I stumped unto to this place which was a few doors away from our hotel Baques and near the Marcat. Interestingly it was great to see and surpringly little history and advertisements available. Free entry, entertaining and of course it’s 18 century maintain decor was well worth the visit.
Written 4 February 2019
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Ioana P
Barcelona, Spain2 contributions
Great Stop for Art in the Middle of Las Ramblas
Aug. 2018 • Friends
Former urban palace, built in the late 18th century and named after the wife of the Spanish Viceroy of Peru, Palau de la Virreina is now a Centre for Image, dedicated to art exhibitions and events. It’s a nice quiet place right between the overcrowded Ramblas and La Boqueria, and they have at the moment an extensive retrospective on Catalan photography among others. Also important - the Centre for Image is free to visit.
Written 27 August 2018
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Kenny Q
Western Australia, Australia146 contributions
Surprise images
Aug. 2017 • Couples
This place is on la rambla and is a free exposition of "things" it's a quaint small exposition that is well worth a look. I suspect it will change to something else soon. Worth a look.
Written 14 August 2017
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Christine F
Penang Island, Malaysia134 contributions
Less known but very interesting
Jun. 2017 • Solo
Next to the now permanently packed Boqueria market is the beautiful late 18th century Palau (palace) de la Virreina, (named after the wife of a Spanish Viceroy of Peru), an old mansion converted into a cultural centre dedicated mostly to images and photography. It currently houses an excellent retrospective exhibition of Italian artist Ketty la Rocca. Visits are free and strongly recommended to visitors who wish to take a rest from the overcrowded Rambla.
Written 12 June 2017
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LuciaFozdoIgua_
Foz do Iguaçú33 contributions
Hidden Jewel in the heart of Barcelona
Apr. 2017 • Solo
Great place to visit, nice interesting exhibitions from great (not very well-known) artists.
The free guided tour of the gallery is highly recommendable, although they don't publicised it well enough.
Written 23 April 2017
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Patrizia F
Barcelona, Spain45 contributions
great
Jan. 2017 • Friends
Great place. Cool architecture. They always offer very interesting exposition and they were always free. Fantastic!!!
Written 23 January 2017
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