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Fundació Fran Daurel

A place to enjoy contemporary art

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Fundació Fran Daurel, located within Poble Espanyol, is dedicated to contemporary art. It has more than 300 works by 80 artists. It exhibits figurative and abstract paintings, sculptures, drawings and ceramic pieces in styles such as Informalism, Expressionism, Surrealism, Hyperrealism and conceptual art.

Why visit Fundació Fran Daurel?

The foundation, which was established in 2001, is home to works by various internationally renowned artists from a variety of periods and styles in a single exhibition that is designed to take you on a journey through contemporary Spanish art. The space, which occupies 2,500 m2, consists of various permanent exhibition halls, a hall for temporary exhibitions and an auditorium.

There is a wide range of trends and media from more than 80 world-renowned artists, representing three generations. The first is made up of Picasso, Miró, Óscar Domínguez, Gómez de la Serna and Dalí, among others. The second features Tàpies, Clavé, Joan Ponç, Chillida, Guinovart, Palazuelo and Manolo Valdés. And the third is formed by Barceló, Sicilia, Rasero, Plensa, Mata and others.

The latest addition to Fundació Fran Daurel is its Sculpture Garden, a 3,500 m2 area which allows you to enjoy a permanent collection in the open air. This green space now contains 27 sculptures from 20 contemporary artists that configure a landscape in which figurative art coexists alongside abstraction, creating a wide range of forms and colours as an alternative approach to contemporary art.


For the most curious of you

  • Did you know? Fundació Fran Daurel was created at the initiative of the Catalan entrepreneur, Francisco Daurella, who wanted to place his private collection at the disposal of the public.
  • Local’s tip: It is worth including this visit in your Poble Espanyol trip.
  • A must: To admire its ceramics collection, which includes more than 20 original works by Picasso.