One of Barcelona's most exciting contemporary culture spaces often goes unnoticed to visitors, and even a fair few locals have never thought of stepping foot in the Caixa Forum. More fool them! This amazing building was once a textile factory, built in art nouveau style by the renowned Catalan architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, and extensively refurbished in 1992 thanks to funding by the Fundació La Caixa, the charitable arm of Catalonia's largest savings bank. There are no sweatshop workers or machinery left these days, but three superb exhibition spaces hosting temporary displays, plus a permanent collection of contemporary art. As well as a regular rotation of first class exhibitions, Caixa Forum plays a full part in Barcelona's cultural dialogue by hosting concerts, lectures, workshops and other high-brow activities. Find the centre at the foot of Montjuic, open every day and free to enter.
Great private collection of Impressionist pieces at the Caixa Forum right now... loads of pieces by Renoir, plus Degas, Manet, Gaughin. Some amazing paintings during a very exciting time for art!
reviewed by Katarzyna from Poland on Dec.16.2011
Caught a great exhibition here about Russian architecture in early Soviet times, pre-Stalin's monstrosities. Very eye-opening. It's a great building and there's always three or four free exhibitions running at one time, so perfect for those rainy Sundays and fine wintry afternoons. I guess I won't be going much over summer
reviewed by Big D from United Kingdom on May.09.2011
You can catch the World Photo Press exhibition here until 21st February 2010.
reviewed by The Editor from Spain on Jan.28.2010