El Círculo del Liceo, founded in 1847 by 125 members, is an exclusive Private Club in the english style which at present has more than 900 members. It is the oldest Club of its kind in Spain and still occupies its original premises.
"... El Círculo del Liceo has a unique artistic heritage, with one of the most important groups of modernist paintings in Spain, an important collection of art works ..."
It shares a symbolic building with the Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona, with which it has a common origin, but it is an association totally independent of the Theatre and a place of reference for the social and cultural life of Barcelona and Catalonia. Every year it is the venue for many occasions, recitals, concerts, conferences, presentations of prizes, fiestas and celebrations in which the members take part with personalities from the cultural life of Barcelona and from other parts of Spain.
El Círculo del Liceo has a unique artistic heritage, with one of the most important groups of modernist paintings in Spain, an important collection of art works, especially painting and sculpture, unequalled in Barcelona for its importance and excellent state of preservation:
- A set of murals, 12 oils on canvas by Ramón Casas, in “La Rotonda”, inspired in musical themes. Ramón Casas also designed and decorated this little room, which has been preserved until today without significant changes. In the oil “El automóvil” we see in the distance the orchestra playing in the pavilion which the Círculo del Liceo exhibited for the Universal Exhibition of 1888.
- The well-known “Fish bowl”, with a fabulous view of the Rambla, decorated by Josep Pascó (1901-1903) and with murals by Oleguer Junyent.
- The four famous stained-glass windows were installed in the vestibule in 1905, works by Oleguer Junyent, Josep Pey and A. Bordalba, testimony to the tremendous influence of Wagner in Catalan culture in the early twentieth century, and the role of the Círculo in introducing Wagner to Catalonia.