Entrance of the Art Center "Bombas Gens" in Valencia.

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Bombas Gens


This conversion of a handsome art deco factory that once made hydraulic pumps has created an intriguing space for modern art. There's a particularly good photography collection, displayed to great advantage in the high-ceilinged spaces. The project, which receives no public funding, also has a cafeteria for underprivileged youths and holds the new restaurant of local master chef Ricard Camarena.

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