The Painter’s House

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Experience the atmosphere of collecting in a magical and unique space

Joan Abelló was a passionate collector. Throughout his life, he collected thousands of pieces, works of art and objects of all kinds that fit in the house where he was born and which, over the years, he had to expand by annexing the neighboring houses. This museum is the House of the Painter Abelló, a gem to discover.

Walking along Lluís Duran Street, you would never say that one of the most amazing, eclectic and unknown museums in Catalonia is hidden there. The Painter’s House is not the typical house-museum, it goes much further and takes the visitor to the bohemian, cultured and carefree life of Abelló, full of excesses, objects, cultures and travels. It is a work of art in itself.

Crossing the threshold of The Painter’s House, a portal that belonged to the convent of the Angels of Barcelona, ​​we enter the trunk of a collector. Through rooms, stairs, basement, floors … begins an itinerary that reveals the universe of Abelló: painted ceilings; walls where not a millimeter of free art remains; showcases full of miniatures, porcelain and stained glass; dresses and mannequins from various eras and backgrounds; furniture; Asian art, african art and bullfighting; paintings, sketches and sculptures by the most outstanding authors of the 19th and 20th centuries, such as Joaquim Mir, Sorolla, Picasso, Brossa and Dalí.

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