A historical venue for culture in Barcelona

Located in an old factory designed by Puig i Cadafalch, Arata Isozaki's refurbishment has transformed this jewel of Modernisme into a masterpiece of a building. 

A jewel of industrial Modernisme restored for everyone to enjoy

CaixaForum Barcelona opened its doors in 2002, giving a new life to one of Barcelona's foremost Modernista buildings. This old textile factory, located at the foot of the hill of Montjuïc, was commissioned by the entrepreneur Casimir Casaramona to Josep Puig i Cadafalch, one of the three most representative Catalan architects of Modernisme together with Antoni Gaudí and Domènech i Montaner.

For this factory's design Puig i Cadafalch was awarded the Annual Prize for Artistic Buildings in 1913 and it was declared a Historical Monument of National Interest in 1976.

After a long period of inactivity, "la Caixa" bought it in 1963 and decided to give it a new function of a social, cultural and educational nature, providing it with the infrastructures befitting a modern cultural venue but without altering the essential spirit of the design.

Renowned architects Arata Isozaki, Francisco Javier Asarta, Roberto Luna and Robert Brufau took part in the project to restore and extend the CaixaForum.

Past and present, tradition and modernity unite in this unique example of Catalan industrial Modernista architecture from the early 20th century.

12,000 m² dedicated to spreading culture

Since it was inaugurated CaixaForum has become one of the most dynamic, active and lively cultural venues in the city with an extensive programme of social, cultural and educational interest for all kinds of audiences.

Exhibitions of ancient, modern and contemporary art, guided  tours, films, concerts, debates and talks, shows of performance arts, cycles of literature and thought, multimedia art and both school and family-oriented educational programmes are just some of the activities that take place constantly at CaixaForum.

The "la Caixa" Contemporary Art Collection, one of the most important in Spain, is also on display through temporary exhibitions.

Dalí, Goya, Delacroix, Barceló, Lucien Freud, Cartier-Bresson, Le Corbussier Chaplin, Pixar, Etruscan princes, Treasures of Arabia... just some of the more than 100 exhibitions organised at CaixaForum Barcelona since it opened.

In order to hold all this activity, the centre currently has five exhibition halls, a large auditorium, multipurpose classrooms and workshops for educational use.