Caceres, Spain – A recent article by the Spanish newspaper The Barcelona Reporter highlighted a 2014 poll of tourists to Spain and their view of the most popular destinations. Here we pick the top 5 museums to visit in 2015, based on the results of the 2014 survey.
Museu Picasso (Barcelona): Picasso, who spent many of his formative years in Barcelona, donated some 2,500 of his paintings, drawings, and engravings to launch this museum in 1970. It’s second only to the Picasso Museum in Paris. Seek out his notebooks, which contain many sketches of Barcelona scenes. The pieces are arranged in roughly chronological order, so you’ll discover that he completely mastered traditional representational painting before tiring of it and beginning to experiment. Watch for numerous portraits of his family, as well as examples from both his Blue Period and his Rose Period. His obsessive Las Meninas series – painted in 1959 – offers exaggerated variations on the theme of the famous Velázquez work hanging in Madrid’s Prado Museum. Picasso Museum Website
Teatre Museu Dalí (Figueres): The eccentric Salvador Dalí is showcased here as nowhere else. The surrealist artist – known for everything from lobster telephones to Rotting Mannequin in a Taxicab – conceived of his art partly as theater. But be warned: As Dalí’s final joke, he wanted the museum to spew forth “false information.” Dali Museum Wikipedia
Museo Wolf Vostell (Caceres): The Vostell Malpartida Museum was founded in October 1976 by Wolf Vostell (Leverkusen 1932- Berlin, 1998). Vostell was an internationally renowned artist, a key figure in contemporary art postwar and is considered one of the early adopters of Video art and Environment/Installation and pioneer of Happening and Fluxus. Techniques such as blurring and Dé-collage are characteristic of his work, as is embedding objects in concrete and the use of television sets in his compositions. The museum features many of his most famous installations. Museo Vostell Website
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid): Madrid’s acquisition of this treasure trove of art in the 1980s was one of the greatest coups in European art history. Amassed by a central European collector beginning around 1920, and formerly displayed in Lugano, Switzerland, its 700 canvases, with works by artists ranging from El Greco to Picasso, are arranged in chronological order. The collection rivals the legendary holdings of the queen of England herself.
Museo-Hospital de Santa Cruz (Toledo): Built by the archbishop of Toledo as a hospital for the poor, this is the most important museum in New Castile. It’s known for its Plateresque architecture — notably its intricate facade — and for the wealth of art inside. Among its noteworthy collection of 16th- and 17th-century paintings are 18 works by El Greco, including his Altarpiece of the Assumption, completed in 1613 during his final period. The gallery also contains a collection of primitive paintings.
Museo Vostell Malpartida