The Foundation's Caixa (it's a bank) bought this beautiful building and renovated to house the CaixaForum cultural center, its current use. Very important and beautiful exhibitions have been hosted here. This space is special for a number of reasons. First, the quality of the exhibition is extremely good. Secondly, there are usually a minimum of two to three exhibitions at the same time touching different art expressions from photography, painting, sculptures, video performances, etc. Additionally there is on exhibit the Caixa Forum permanent collection of contemporary art. So, with one visit, you have a diverse variety of art to choose from. There are talks, workshops, and guided tours planned around each exhibitions and a space for children, so it is a family friendly place to be visited.
The building is structured in a way to offer indoor and outdoor areas where music performances and concerts are also organized. The CaixaForum hosts every summer a "Music of the World" Festival with a concert once a week throughout the summer. During winter there are often classical music concerts. The entrance used to be free of charge till last year. Now the entrance costs 4€ which is very reasonably priced compared to most other art attractions in the city. And don't think that the entrance is cheap because the quality of the offering is low, because it is absolutely the opposite.
While you enjoy the exhibition you can also enjoy the visit of the building itself, read about its history and see the pictures of the renovation work. The history of the building is an interesting one:
The factory Casaramona was owned by Casimir Casaramona and Puigcercós, a cotton industrial who specialized in the manufacture of blankets and towels. They needed a new building to replace its old factory, which had burned. Casaramona commissioned the project to Josep Puig, one of the leading architects of Catalan Modernism.
The factory had no chimneys because worked with electricity, contributing to the overall sense of cleanliness. But only worked as a factory between 1913 and 1920, because of bankruptcy. For 50 years it belonged to the police till the Foundation's Caixa bought it and made it into CaixaForum.
For some reason and unrightfully, CaixaForum is usually overlooked by the tourist mass. I hope this post will raise some curiosity and will make you include a visit to this great cultural center next time you are in Barcelona. If you are staying in Sitges, visiting CaixaForum is a well worth day trip. You can get there by train and get off at Sans station in Barcelona, and get to plaza de España by metro in two stops.
Location: Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8, 08038 Barcelona
tel. 934 76 86 00. This is next to plaza de España at the bottom of Montjuic. METRO: Espanya
Posted by Paola, art love, at https://www.casitasitges.com