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Art Collection

Hotel Astoria stands out for two great collections: one of posters from the beginning of the 20th century and the museum room dedicated to the artist Ricard Opisso.

The Astor Restaurant displays Art-Nouveau poster artwork and pieces with subject matter expressly tied to advertising. In the adjoining room, this is combined with posters advertising great events in the city, like the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition and posters from local festivals.

The Opisso Museum, located on the ground floor of Hotel Astoria, exhibits over a hundred works by illustrator Ricard Opisso, and through them we can see an interesting chronicle of the artist's life and the specifically Catalan, Spanish and French cultural life of the first half of the 20th century.

He was an apprentice to Gaudí at the start of his career and a frequent visitor to Barcelona's Els Quatre Gats, the tavern frequented by artists and bohemians, at the same time as Picasso. His participation in various seminars made him popular throughout Catalonia. In Paris he made interesting contacts who provided him with the opportunity to publish in French humour magazines where he could let his most suggestive side show freely, signing under the pseudonym Le Bigre (which means 'my goodness!' in French).

As the years passed, and following the Spanish Civil War, Opisso left behind drawing social critique to focus on self promotion through multiple exhibitions and much more amiable work befitting his new clientele.