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Museu del Modernisme Català, Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain, Europe: sculptor Josep Llimona's melancholy marble figure at the Museu del Modernisme Català in Barcelona.
48 Carrer Balmes
Spain 08007
Tel: 34 93 272 2896's insider take:

Without doubt, Barcelona's Modernista heritage is its greatest cultural asset. While the shapes and fluid forms of Gaudí, one of the movement's most recognized exponents, are well known, the Modernista manifesto in the decorative arts is less so. The Museu del Modernisme Català, which opened in a typical Eixample town house in March 2010, has a superb collection of furniture, sculpture, and painting. The ground floor holds the most interest, with many pieces from Joan Busquets and Gaspar Homar, both master cabinetmakers who excelled in marquetry techniques, rendering the dainty maidens, idealized scenery, and floral iconography of the period in wood. Gaudí's heavy-handed chairs and plinths from the Casa Calvet are also on display, as is an OTT buffet from the architect Puig i Cadafalch, which, like his famous Casa Amatller, is dotted with instrument-playing beasts. The below-ground floor is dedicated to painting and sculpture, with Josep Llimona's melancholy, marble figurines taking prime place.—Suzanne Wales

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