Gallery in Montjuïc, Poble Sec & Sant Antoni

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.

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.