CaixaForum Barcelona

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Template:Coord Template:Infobox museum 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.<ref name=lacaixa/> The museum houses art exhibits and is free to the public.<ref name=bcntourguides/>

The building

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.<ref name=lacaixa>Template:Cite web</ref> Called the "Casaramona factory", it was completed in 1911, and the same year won the City Council's award for best industrial building.<ref name=lacaixa/> 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.<ref name=lacaixa/> It was opened as a museum in February 2002.<ref name=bcntourguides>Template:Cite web</ref> The building was restored prior to its opening,<ref name=" Centres de Patrimoni">Template:Cite book</ref> 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.<ref name=lacaixa/> 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.

Current exhibitions

Delacroix (1798-1863)

15 February to 20 May 2012
An exhibition of the works of the French artist Eugène Delacroix, organized by "la Caixa" and the Louvre Museum, with works borrowed from museums and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Louvre in Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, and the London National Gallery in London.<ref name="apartments-barcelona">Template:Cite web</ref> The exhibit has already visited the CaixaForum Madrid.<ref name="apartments-barcelona" />

Shadows and Truth: A selection of works of the Republic of Turkey's Central Bank

13 January 2011 to 4 March 2012
An exhibition of some of the works of art owned by the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey.

Bestué-Vives. Actions in the Universe

8 February 2012 to 20 May 2012
Actions in the Universe (2008) is the final exhibition in the series Actions. It is the work of artists David Bestué and Marc Vives, and was recently acquired by "la Caixa".<ref name="la Caixa">Template:Cite web</ref>

To give an overview of the work of these artists, the exhibition contains videos of their other works, including Actions at home (2005), Story of the Enamoured Scorpion (2008), and State of Change (2010).<ref name="la Caixa"/><ref group=Notes>All titles are given in the translated form shown on "la Caixa"'s official website.</ref>

Gallery

See also

  • CaixaForum Madrid
  • CaixaForum Lleida

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