CaixaForum Barcelona

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Coordinates: 41°22′16.79″N 2°8′59.1″E / 41.3713306°N 2.149750°E / 41.3713306; 2.149750

CaixaForum Barcelona
CaixaForum Barcelona- entrance.JPG
Entrance to the museum designed by Arata Isozaki
Established February 2002
Location Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8 08038 Barcelona
Type Art museum
Visitors 782,529 (2011)[1]
Public transit access Espanya, Barcelona Metro
Website "la Caixa" - Obra Social

CaixaForum Barcelona is an art gallery in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It is sponsored by Barcelona bank "la Caixa", and opened in 2002 in a former factory. CaixaForum is located in the Montjuïc area, on Avinguda de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia.[2] The museum houses art exhibits and is free to the public.[3]

The building[edit]

The building was originally commissioned as a textile factory by Casimir Casaramona i Puigcercós, and built by the famous Catalan architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch.[2] Called the "Casaramona factory", it was completed in 1911, and the same year won the City Council's award for best industrial building.[2] It closed in 1918, but reopened as a warehouse in 1929. In 1940 the building was used by the Spanish National Police Force, and it was used as such until "la Caixa" bought it in 1963.[2] It was opened as a museum in February 2002.[3] The building was restored prior to its opening,[4] and a new entrance was built, designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, in a process that included firing 100,000 bricks to match the original ones.[2] The museum, which opened in spring 2002, has almost three acres of exhibition space, a media library, auditorium, classrooms and a restaurant. Visitors descend by escalator to the basement lobby, adorned by a Sol LeWitt mural, then rise again to the exhibition spaces on the ground floor, within the crenelated brickwork.[5]

Gallery[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "El CaixaForum rep 782.529 visitants". Diari de Girona (in Catalan). Barcelona. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "The Building". CaixaForum Barcelona. "la Caixa". Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Caixaforum: Pleasant, interesting and free of charge!". Barcelona tour guides. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Flanagan, Julie (2001). Museus i Centres de Patrimoni Cultural a Catalunya (in Catalan) (1st ed.). Barcelona: Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya. p. 19. ISBN 84-393-5437-1. 
  5. ^ Emma Daly (September 15, 2002), Glorious Recycling: Barcelona; Art in an old mill and Gaudí by bus New York Times.