Extracted from Barcelona At Ease. Buy yours here.
Over the course of his long life (1893-1991) Frederic Marès amassed immense and extraordinary collections, which are now on display in this beautifully renovated museum in the heart of the Barri Gòtic. Repetition is a theme throughout: the lower floors are devoted to sculpture, there are rooms filled with near identical figures of a bleeding Christ, each one subtly different, and cases of crucifixes. Moving through the building, Marès’ collector’s zeal grows stranger: hundreds of pips, cigars, combs, cigarette cards, fans, spectacles, bicycles, dried-flower arrangements, scales, scissors… On and on it goes, all laid out impeccably in wonderful new galleries, elegantly located in the mediaeval building. The modest entry fee of €4.20 includes the option for a second visit, an offer it would be foolish to resist.