CaixaForum Barcelona is an art gallery sponsored by the Catalan 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.
The main exhibitions consist essentially of “La Caixa” modern art collection -one of the biggest in Europe, with over 700 works- alternatively displayed around a theme, and the temporary exhibitions. But CaixaForum is more than just an exhibition facility 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.
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Source: La Caixa