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La Virreina Centre de la Imatge

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La Rambla 99 Palau de la Virreina, 08002 Barcelona Spain
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Mairwen1 wrote a review Aug 2020
United Kingdom3,908 contributions5,737 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Jens Siewert wrote a review Jan 2020
Oldenburg, Germany19 contributions10 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Dr Raymond D wrote a review Jun 2019
Tamworth, Australia354 contributions151 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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BeynacWalk wrote a review Apr 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota14 contributions14 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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leenylove wrote a review Feb 2019
Delray Beach, Florida1,192 contributions63 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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