Pavelló Mies van der Rohe
The Pavelló Mies van der Rohe is a work of artful simplicity that is emblematic of the modernist movement. The structure has been the...
A huge fountain that crowns the long sweep of the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina to the grand facade of the Palau Nacional, Font...
Fundació Fran Daurel
The Fundació Fran Daurel (in Poble Espanyol) is an eclectic collection of 300 works of art, including sculptures, prints, ceramics and...
One of the city’s top summertime dance locations, La Terrrazza attracts squadrons of beautiful people, locals and foreigners alike, for...
Situated in the former throne room of the Palau Nacional, Oleum has soaring ceilings and gorgeous city views. The menu is small but...
Avinguda de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia 6-8 · interesting places nearby
The Caixa building society prides itself on its involvement in (and ownership of) art, in particular all that is contemporary. Its premier art expo space in Barcelona hosts part of the bank’s extensive collection from around the globe. The setting is a completely renovated former factory, the Fàbrica Casaramona, an outstanding Modernista brick structure designed by Puig i Cadafalch. From 1940 to 1993 it housed the First Squadron of the police cavalry unit – 120 horses in all.
Now it is home to a major exhibition space. On occasion portions of La Caixa’s own collection of 800 works of modern and contemporary art go on display, but more often than not major international exhibitions are the key draw.
In the courtyard where the police horses used to drink is a steel tree designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. Musical recitals are sometimes held in the museum, especially in the warmer months.