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Centre de Cultura Contemporània

From work house to art house

Centre de Cultura Contemporània

First built in 1362, the former Casa de Caritat was remodelled over the centuries to do duty as a cloister for Franciscan nuns, a seminary, hospital and, after 1802, as a workhouse for the poor. Then in 1987 the Maremagnum architects, Piñon and Viaplana, dipped it in a postmodernist emulsion, and it emerged as the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, or CCCB, a kind of annex to the adjacent Museu d'Art Contemporani (MACBA).

The dilapidated north courtyard was replaced by a huge glass and steel block that tilts forward; the south façade was also replaced, to make way for the MACBA. The entrance is by way of the pretty 18th-century Pati de les Dones, with mosaic decoration; upstairs the CCCB hosts imaginative temporary exhibitions with unexpected urban and political themes, and supports local projects.

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C/Montalegre 5

Hours Tues-Sun 11am-8pm

Adm €6 to one exhibition €8 to two; €4 and €6 for under 25 and over 65; under 12 free. Free on Sun from 3-8pm Separate admission for some exhibitions.

metro: Universitat



+34 93 306 41 00

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by rearl