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Xavier Franquesa
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What is this?

Join us for an Open Gallery visit at Il·lacions, the epicenter of contemporary design in Barcelona and a gallery that serves as a nexus for Barcelona's collectible designers. This 90-minute tour will be hosted by either Xavier Franquesa, the visionary founder, or Aleida Vilaplana, the talented communications manager. As you meander through the gallery, discover a diverse collection of unique pieces and limited series, each embodying the transformation of Spanish art, architecture, and craftsmanship into their modern iterations. Enhance your artistic exploration with a contemporary 'vermut' and a curated assortment of canapés and tapas, designed to augment the sensory experience of art and design. The philosophy of Il·lacions – to promote the future legacy of Barcelona design on a global scale – is embodied in every piece displayed, offering visitors a glimpse into the rich tapestry of contemporary design, the inspiration derived from cultural heritage, and the creative minds behind

What makes this unique?

This experience is set within a gallery that acts as a crucible for cultural innovation and dialogue. Xavier Franquesa's dedication to collectible contemporary design offers a unique narrative, enriching the understanding of each artwork. Il·lacions, cleverly named after the Catalan word for connection, is a testament to Xavier's commitment to converging disciplines and fostering relationships within Barcelona’s design community. The gallery's “secret” location in an apartment in Barcelona’s Eixample district, adds a unique domestic context to the artwork, and a more intimate and relatable viewing experience. The possibility to engage with visiting contemporary artists, contingent on the exhibition schedule, adds an authentic layer to the experience. Regardless of the timing of your visit, you are guaranteed an immersive encounter with the heart of Barcelona's creative spirit and rich cultural heritage, enveloped in stories, inspiration, and artistic revelation.

What is the profile of the host?

You will be hosted by either Xavier Franquesa, Il·lacions Founder and multi-disciplinary gallerist with a rich background in interior design and a passion for collectible contemporary design, or Aleida Vilaplana, the proficient and talented gallery communications manager. Their distinct perspectives offer deep insights into the world of modern art and design.

What to bring?

Bring an open mind, a zest for contemporary design, and comfortable shoes for the gallery tour. Cameras are welcome to capture the unique artworks and memories of your visit
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EUR 100
per person

Private experience

1.5 hours
This experience accommodates a minimum of 2 and maximum of 8 people. Inclusions: Guided tour of the Il·lacions design gallery, highlighting its unique collection. Each room unveils a different theme, from a traditional art gallery space to a cabinet of curiosities, culminating in a stunning main exhibition room. Engaging stories and personal insights about the artworks and their creators. A contemporary 'vermut' complemented by a selection of special and tasty tapas.
Offered in English, Catalan, Spanish

Private experience

1.5 hours
This experience accommodates a minimum of 2 and maximum of 8 people. Inclusions: Guided tour of the Il·lacions design gallery, highlighting its unique collection. Each room unveils a different theme, from a traditional art gallery space to a cabinet of curiosities, culminating in a stunning main exhibition room. Engaging stories and personal insights about the artworks and their creators. A contemporary 'vermut' complemented by a selection of special and tasty tapas.
Offered in English, Catalan, Spanish
calendar
EUR 100
per person

Private experience

1.5 hours
This experience accommodates a minimum of 2 and maximum of 8 people. Inclusions: Guided tour of the Il·lacions design gallery, highlighting its unique collection. Each room unveils a different theme, from a traditional art gallery space to a cabinet of curiosities, culminating in a stunning main exhibition room. Engaging stories and personal insights about the artworks and their creators. A contemporary 'vermut' complemented by a selection of special and tasty tapas.
Offered in English, Catalan, Spanish

Private experience

1.5 hours
This experience accommodates a minimum of 2 and maximum of 8 people. Inclusions: Guided tour of the Il·lacions design gallery, highlighting its unique collection. Each room unveils a different theme, from a traditional art gallery space to a cabinet of curiosities, culminating in a stunning main exhibition room. Engaging stories and personal insights about the artworks and their creators. A contemporary 'vermut' complemented by a selection of special and tasty tapas.
Offered in English, Catalan, Spanish