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Frederic Mares Museum in Barcelona

23 August, 2011 0 comments

Frederic Mares, the founder of this museum was a sculptor, a historian and a professor. His collection includes pieces that all quite heterogeneous. It is the largest Hispanic sculpture exhibition from the 12th to 19th century. The entrance to the museum is through its courtyard, cool in summer and therefore perfect for a break during your visit to the Gothic Quarter during the summer months. Situated in Plaça de Sant Iu, 5 in the Gothic area of Barcelona, entering this museum is like entering the mind of an eccentric collector. The feel of its many rooms is that of eclecticism. The collector, Mares, went through times when he would obsess about one item and collect it compulsively. You can find entire rooms filled with umbrellas or pipes. The Frederic Marès is a unique collector’s museum that preserves the collections of sculptor Frederic Marès (1893-1991). He donated his collection to the city of Barcelona in 1946. For Frederic Marès his sculpture was something more than an artistic vocation, throughout his life he gathered an extensive collection of Hispanic sculpture from theancient times until the nineteenth century.  Mares also donated some of his own sculptures that are on display in his study-library. The museum also offer guided tours to the sculpture collection as well as the artist’s office. The tours cost only 2 Euros per person, and are offered in a variety of languages that include Spanish, French, English and Italian. The minimum number of people on the group is 10 and the maximum is 25 people, and the guided visits must be book one week in advance. From the Caledonian Hotel it is very easy to get to the Frederic Mares Museum in Barcelona.