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An Art Lovers’ Guide: Barcelona (BBC-4 8 May 2017, with Alastair Sooke)



Barcelona Art Lovers Guide

In this second episode of An Art Lovers’ Guide, Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke are on a mission to get to know one of the most popular cities in the world through its art and architecture – Barcelona.

Although Barcelona is famous for its exuberant modernista buildings, the Gothic Quarter and big names like Picasso, Janina and Alastair are determined to discover some less well-known cultural treats.

Getting away from the crowds on the Ramblas, they seek out the designs of an engineer who arguably put more of a stamp on the city than its star architect, Antoni Gaudí; the Romanesque frescoes that inspired a young Miró, and a surprising collection of vintage fans. Through the Catalan capital’s art and artists, they show how Barcelona developed its distinctive cultural identity, and how the long-running fight for independence has shaped the exceptional artistic life of the city.

Pictured are Alastair Sooke Dr Janina Ramirez at La Sagrada Familia

An Art Lovers’ Guide: Barcelona Episode 2 (of 3) airs on Monday 8 May 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm BBC Four.