CaixaForum is a cultural and social center of Barcelona. But beyond that, it is also a jewel of Modernism.
It is located very near the Plaza Spain (can be reached easily on foot), in what was once the textile factory Casaramona and was built between 1909 and 1911 by the famous architect J. Puig i Cadafalch. It looks like a medieval castle with two impressive towers.
Despite the great work done by Puig i Cadafalch, the building only served its purpose for 7 years. Then, in the midst of a period of social and economic conflicts, closed and was used as a warehouse for the Universal Exhibition of 1929.
Later, in 1940, was fleet of the National Police and in 1963 La Caixa bought it and after an extensive restoration was in 2002 (39 years later) when CaixaForum opened its doors.
CaixaForum hosts temporary exhibitions totally free. It is also a window to the art and also offers music and educational activities.
Throughout its history, CaixaForum has hosted highly successful exhibitions, like Dali. Mass Culture (2004) and Impressionists. French Masters from the Clark Collection (2011-2012), among many others.
CaixaForum also has a large media library, which was formerly the warehouse basement of the factory. It highlights its video art with over 700 works by international artists.
And could not be absent an interesting restaurant where many of the dishes are themed and are related to the current exhibitions.