Pleasant, interesting and free of charge!
Inaugurated in February 2002, CaixaForum is the Barcelona headquarters of Fundació "laCaixa", a social and cultural foundation belonging to "la Caixa" savings bank (whose logo you must have already noticed, as it is next to omnipresent in Barcelona's "signscape").
The main exhibitions consist essentially of "la Caixa" modern art collection -one of the biggest in Spain, with over 700 works- alternatively displayed around a theme, and the temporary exhibitions.
But CaixaForum is more than just an exhibition faciltiy as it has a wide range of activities: its "mediatheque" is fully equipped to interact with modern electronic arts and media, its "Arts Laboratory" promotes art related activities for students, its 2 classrooms house courses, poetry recitals, a 750 seats auditorium, etc.
CaixaForum is housed in the former Casarramona textile factory designed by Puig I Cadafalch in the 1910s. The Casarramona factory incorporated novel social ideas: it was clean and well ventilated and flooded with natural light; it had an automatic fire extinction system and no chimneys as it relied on electric power.
This striking canopy sheltering the main entrance was designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki.
When you leave, cross the street and take a look at the Mies van der Rohe Pavillion. a mere 15 years gap separates both buildings!
Avda. Marqués de Comillas, 6-8
Metro: L3 L1 (Espanya)
Opening Days and Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday:
10 am to 8 pm
Closed on: Mondays
Price: Free Admission
Groups: Previous arrangements required