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One of the masterpieces of industrial Modernisme, this former yarn and textile factory was designed by Puig i Cadafalch and celebrated its centenary in 2011. It won the Annual Artistic Buildings Competition prize in 1913, but has unfortunately spent most of the last century in a sorry state, briefly acting as a police barracks before falling into dereliction. Even in ruins, the building was declared a Historic Monument of National Interest in 1976. Fundació La Caixa, the charitable arm of Catalonia's largest savings bank, bought it and set about rebuilding.
The original brick structure was supported, while the ground below was excavated to house a strikingly modern entrance square by Arata Isozaki, a Sol LeWitt mural, an auditorium, a bookshop and a library. In addition to the permanent contemporary art collection, there are three impressive spaces for temporary exhibitions – often among the most interesting shows to be found in the city. The CaixaForum is also home to the neon cloud that Lucio Fontana made for the Triennale di Milano in 1953.
Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8
La Font de la Guatlla
|Transport:||Espanya (M: L1, L3; FGC)|
|Price:||Depends on the exhibition or activity. Ranges typically from €3 to €8.|
|Opening hours:||Daily 10am-8pm. Jul-Aug Wed until 11pm. Dec 24 & 31, Jan 5, 10am-6pm. Closed Dec 25, Jan 1 & 6|
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Objects of desire. Surrealism and design. 1924-2020
The shadow of surrealism is long and reaches through to the present, bleeding into contemporary art and design, as well as everyday objects. Enter this exhibition, produced by the Vitra Design Museum, which brings together 285 pieces (some from the LaCaixa...Until Sunday September 27 2020
Vampires. The evolution of the myth
This exhibition is dedicated to the myth of the vampire in all its aspects. It's a great opportunity to immerse yourself in their world and learn about the relationships between the different facets of the vampire, from different artistic practices, in...Until Sunday October 25 2020