Nearing completion of a several-year restoration project, this museum captures the life, lifestyle, and art of the early years of Sitges as an art colony. In the late 19th century, modern artist Santiago Rusiñol (1861–1931) created his combined studio, home, and art gallery by joining two 16th-century fishermen’s cottages. His unique property soon attracted Catalan bohemians whose presence helped spur the transformation of the town into a popular seaside resort. Upon his death in 1931, Rusiñol willed the house and his collection to the city, and visitors can see examples of his work as well as work by his contemporaries. The collection includes a few notable pieces by Picasso and El Greco. But the appeal of the museum lies less in any individual work of art than in the way that it captures the excitement, allure, and tensions of an avant-garde artistic salon in the years before the Spanish Civil War. Note: Reopening of the museum has been delayed by the economic crisis, but renovations are expected to be complete in 2014.
- Frommer's Staff