Barcelona Cultura

Modernisme: toward the design culture


Exhibition open until March 3.

Barcelona Design Museum, within the scope of its historical collections, dedicates an exhibition reading the collection in terms of "culture of design".

The exhibition focuses on modernisme (catalan modernism) as the beginning of the culture of design, frames it in the European context and highlights the links and uniqueness of the Catalan case. The exhibition will provide a new interpretation of modernism based on the leading role played by the decorative and applied arts, crafts and industry.

Focused on the great modernist splendor of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it continues to show the link between modernism and noucentisme and its vindication of the artisan tradition. After Art Deco, it reaches the rationalism and modernity of Mediterranean roots of the GATCPAC, very critical of modernisme but sensitive to craftsmanship and gateway to modern design.


Arts Decoratives. Disseny de producte. Ceràmica. Arxius


Mireia Freixa
Pilar Vélez

Number of pieces



357 m2


2nd floor


General ticket: 6 €
Reduced ticket: 4 €


Exhibition credits

Exhibition fields

  • Modernisme, an attitude and long road

    AREA 1

  • Art industries, the new culture of design

    AREA 2

  • The grand protagonists of Modernisme

    AREA 3

  • The bourgeois home, symbol of a societal ideal

    AREA 4

  • The art of twentieth century and the discredit of Modernisme

    AREA 5

  • The recovery of Gaudí and Modernisme

    AREA 6

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