Avda Marques de Comillas, Barcelona, Spain
www.fundacio.lacaixa.es/cent… - NOTE: website in Spanish & Catalan only
CaixaForum Barcelona Reviews
Aug 26, 2007
It's a FREE museum with rotating exhibits, and there's always something interesting! The Spanish government gives tax breaks to businesses for cultural patronage, and gigantic mega-bank La Caixa (prounounced "KAI-shuh") has used their kickbacks to open a free art museum. There is no permanent collection, but the museum hosts various high-quality traveling exhibits that you would have to pay to see anywhere else.
Currently at CaixaForum are "Sculpture in the Temples of India: The Art of Devotion" (until 18 Nov), "Refugees: Lives in Transit" (until 2 Sep), and "William Hogarth: Portrait of 18th-Century English Society" (until 26 Aug). The range of exhibits is always equally diverse!
Of these three exhibits, only the Hogarth one had extensive information in English. It was fascinating because it revealed lots of little details which Hogarth put into his paintings and drawings that you otherwise wouldn't pick up on. Hogarth had a lot of criticisms about the society of his time, and the explanations help you understand the social controversies he was dealing with.
The exhibit on religious sculpture from India only had bare-bones English info, but it included a short documentary film in English, which was pretty good. The amount of info included in Spanish and Catalan (both of which I can read) was overkill, though, because it went into massive detail about various Indian gods and dynasties which would be interesting for a specialist, but not for someone with minimal knowledge in the field. So I quit reading so much, and just decided to enjoy looking at the sculpture, much of which was incredible!
So if you want something free to do in Barcelona, check out CaixaForum. The nearest Metro station is Espanya, and the museum itself is on Avinguda Marques de Comillas, right at the foot of Montjuic. Its proximity to the city's major park/museum district means you should at least stop by to see what's on offer.
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