Right next to the Picasso Museum on Montcada Street in the central Born district in Barcelona, with a small queue compared to the museum of the great Malageño painter, is the Museum of World Cultures. A space that invites us to make a trip through the planet through the artistic and cultural manifestations of every corner of the Earth.
The museum is located in the Marqués de Llió house and the Nadal house whose foundations have followed the history of the city of Barcelona since medieval times and its walls, by themselves, deserve a good visit.
The visit to the museum consists of three plants divided into themes by continents. When making my entry I did not ask for audioguide, so I doubt they offer them. Each of the works comes with an explanatory panel in Catalan, Spanish and English so we can easily visit the museum at our leisure.
Precolonial African Art
0 floor or principal welcomes us with an introductory audiovisual where a world globe appears with images of each of the sculptures and artistic representations that we will observe next. Likewise, throughout the other rooms of the plant the African continent with clay pieces from Equatorial Guinea and the ancient kingdom of Benin. Symbolism and spiritual rituals come together in the form of original figures that bring us closer to deep Africa.
Likewise, Christian art in Ethiopia, one of the artistic cradles of the Christian religion, also has a place in this exhibition with different copies.
Asian and Oceania works
If we go up to the first floor we will meet Asia and Oceania facing. The art of New Guinea has a special place with amazing canoes shaped like animals like crocodiles and dragons.
In Asia we travel from the indigenous villages of the Luzon Mountains in the Philippines to the magical and religious pieces of the Batak in Indonesia. We can also see Newari-style houses from Nepal and several Buddhas from different countries. Japan, Tibet, China and especially India are represented on this floor of the Museum of World Cultures in Barcelona. Probably from my experience in these countries, this was the plant where I enjoyed the works of the site more.