Close your eyes and dream. Can you imagine an area full of amazing art by four of the 20th century’s most important painters? This place exists - it’s Catalonia, in north-east Spain, the birthplace of Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró and Antoni Tàpies, and the home of Pablo Ruiz Picasso as a young man. Here you can see creations which marked turning points in the world of art. Discover a region full of colour.

Catalonia's landscapes and Mediterranean light have always been an inspiration for artists. This is why this area of Spain is now home to a variety of painting styles to delight visitors. If you come to Catalonia you can visit surprising spaces and museums where you can enjoy and understand the unique world of four great artistic geniuses.

Picasso, master of innovation

Don’t wake up yet. Keep dreaming of original paintings with human figures based on geometric shapes. This is the essence of Cubism and the work of Picasso. This artist was always close to Catalonia, especially the city of Barcelona, which is still home to many of his paintings, including the series of "Las Meninas". Do you want to see it? Easy - just go to Barcelona’s Picasso Museum to see this and many other works.

Do you want to enjoy even more of the legacy of this famous artist? You could also visit the Montserrat Museum, in Montserrat, which has two Picasso paintings and a collection of his prints, or the Cau Ferrat Museum, in Sitges, which displays two beautiful oil paintings by him.

The Joan Miró Foundation, one of the world's best museums

Discover a new way to see reality through the unique painter Joan Miró. Great sweeps of colour and bright light are always present at the Foundation which bears his name in Barcelona. Created by the artist himself, it is considered one of the world's best museums on account of its originality and the illumination of works on display. If you visit, over 11,000 tapestries, drawings, sculptures and paintings like "Village and church of Mont-roig" will take you on a wonderful journey from Realism to the most avant-garde forms of art.

The "spirit of Miró" is not limited to the Foundation. On a walk through the streets of Barcelona, you’ll find his work in the mosaic of Pla de l´Ós on the Ramblas, or in the tile mural of Terminal 2 of Barcelona Airport.

Dalí, dreams on canvass

If you dream of leaving convention in the dust and making art a game of surprises and wonder, your painter is Dalí. There is nowhere better to discover this master of Surrealism than Catalonia. Figueres (Girona) is home to the Dalí Theatre-Museum . This building was designed by the artist himself. Its egg-shaped towers are just the start of a truly fantastic journey. Inside, some of his best known pieces, such as "Self Portrait with Fried Bacon" can be found alongside virtual games. And Dalí’s tomb is here.

Just 36 kilometres away, in Cadaqués (Girona), you’ll find the Salvador Dalí house in Portlligat. It’s an essential insight into the private world of this genius, because this rambling whitewashed building also contains his studio. But the Surrealist dream doesn’t end there - the Gala Dalí Castle House-Museum in Púbol(Girona) reveals the wonders the painter created for his wife and muse, Gala. A garden adorned with sculptures of elephants, murals and a swimming pool surrounded by busts of composer Richard Wagner are just a few of the delightful surprises at this romantic "Medieval castle". Gala is buried in a mausoleum in the basement, designed by Dalí.

Antoni Tàpies, pure, 20th-century Catalonian art

The fourth great artist not to be missed if you want to experience the most modern side of Barcelona is Antoni Tàpies. The works of art in his Foundation, one of the city’s most iconic buildings, will surprise you with a personal style marked by his interest in collage and Asian culture. If you visit, be sure to pay attention to the impressive aluminium sculpture "Cloud and Chair" on the roof of the building.

And if you’re a fan of contemporary art this is your lucky day, because the work of this artist appears all over Barcelona. You can find creations in unusual materials and techniques in the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA).

Discover these four great artists who made this region their personal, Surrealist and unique territory. Catalonia is culture, come and see.

If you found this article interesting, you can find more information at:- Dalí: a genius on the Costa Brava- Antoni Tàpies Foundation: transcendental paintings

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