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It is almost impossible to understand contemporary Barcelona without the great transformative influence exerted on it by Modernisme during the 20th century. The capital boasts of an ample legacy of buildings that adhere to this artistic movement. The Eixample district is where most of them are concentrated, such as La Pedrera or Casa Batlló. They were located in this area, outside the walls that surrounded the historic center of the city, driven by the Catalan industrial bourgeoisie, which found a means of representation through modernist architecture. This movement was distinguished by an artistic renovation parallel to other contemporary arts.
The modernist architectural style is also found across Barcelona, such as the Palau de la Música Catalana, the Park Güell, the Casa Amatller, the Hospital de Sant Pau or the Sagrada Família, work of the great architect Antoni Gaudí. All are cultural symbols that have transcended architecture to become universal works of art.
The cultural dynamism of Barcelona
These works melt into the dynamic cultural offer of Catalan capital that includes museums, exhibition centers and art galleries. The outstanding National Art Museum of Catalonia provides the visitor with an uninterrupted tour through thousand years of Catalan art, from the 10th century to the 20th century. Its collection of Romanesque art is a unique heritage, both for its quality and its quantity.
The work of artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró or Antoni Tàpies is exhibited in the Catalan capital, and not only that, it goes beyond the confines of their particular museums and can be enjoyed in the open space of Barcelona.