The true art enthusiast has quite the task ahead of them. The paintings of all the greats are found all over the world, so seeing those works require quite a lot of travel.
But why get on a plane to see something you can just search for on Google? From the comfort of your home you can see the works of all the greats. But it really isn’t the same. To stand before the actual piece the artist worked on is a tremendous experience. Seeing those colours unfiltered by a computer or television screen. Making out the brushstrokes, bringing the reality of its creation to the forefront. Finding some pieces looming over you, bigger than expected. Or finding some pieces are actually a lot smaller than you thought (we’re looking at you, Mona Lisa!). There’s nothing quite like it.
A lot of people skip the art museums when visiting other countries. But they’re missing out on a unique and mesmerising experience. If you’re holidaying this year, visit a museum! Let’s focus on the most popular holiday destination of the English: Spain. Cheap holidays to Spain are plentiful, so if you want to get started on an art adventure, this would be a great starting place.
Things to Do in Spain – Top Art Museums to Visit
Spain was home to my personal favourites. Pablo Picasso and his off-centre, cubistic depictions. Salvador Dalí and his hypnotic, surreal landscapes. And then there’s Francisco Goya, whose dark, intense works of war and despair will remain with you forever.
Spain is filled with art museums featuring the astounding works of these and others. The Picasso Museum in Madrid is an essential visit. Picasso made clear that he wanted his works available in his country of birth. So while the works of many painters are spread across the world, Picasso’s work largely remains in Spain.
The most famous museum of Salvador Dalí is actually in Florida. But it pales in comparison to the “real deal”. The Dalí Theatre and Museum in Catalonia is one of the strangest, most unique art museums in the world. The architecture itself is filled with optical illusions. Dalí himself designed it. He wanted visitors to have “the sensation of having had a theatrical dream”. Visitors will tell you that it certainly does have this effect. Home to the largest collection of his major works, Dalí was so happy with it that he arranged to be buried in a crypt below the theatre stage. (Yes, he was as strange and interesting as his surreal paintings.)
The Museo del Prado is one of the world’s foremost homes of the finest European art. Based in Madrid, it holds some of the most famous works of non-Spanish painters, such as Monet, Matisse and Rembrandt. But one of its biggest claims to fame is its collection of Francisco Goya’s works, the biggest in the world. Clashing with the surrounding splendour, Goya’s disturbing Black Paintings are all held here. The paintings were actually painted directly onto the walls of Goya’s home. These sections of wall were carefully removed from the building and transported to the del Padro. How’s that for a truly personal, unique art-viewing experience?
What are your favorite things to di in Spain?