This Striking Fridge Magnet Depicts Barcelona's Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
The National Museum of Art of Catalonia (“MNAC”) is a first-class European art museum, with collections that include art dating back to religious artifacts from the Dark Ages and haunting works from the Gothic period. It has a number of fine pieces from these periods including one by the great Spanish master Diego Velázquez, whose work inspired Picasso centuries later, and a haunting depiction of Saint Peter and Saint Paul by fellow master el Greco. However, its greatest gems all come from from the city's fluorescence before the Spanish Civil War, especially in the 1910s and 20s. It includes works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Antoni Gaudí, Auguste Rodin, and Salvador Dalí. Perhaps the most striking is Picasso's “Woman in Hat and Fur Collar” a painting of Marie-Thérèse Walter the artist made in exile in Paris in 1937. The building itself is a treasure from this period, a sprawling Italianate palace built for the 1929 World Expo. High on the hill of Montjuïc, it has spectacular views of all of Barcelona and out to the Mediterranean. The hill is also home to the structures left over from the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. The most distinctive is the hyper-modern, crooked Montjuïc Communications Tower – built especially for transmitting the images of the Games to the world and representing an athlete holding the Olympic Torch. Below the Museum is the Plaza of Spain, the termination of the city's famous Rambla pedestrian street; every summer evening, visitors are treated to a “Magical Fountain,” a delightful performance of classical music, light and water. Some of the best places to sit are the steps coming down from the Museum itself, making a fine end to a day of art and culture.