As the theater begins from the wardrobe, Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona begins from its building. The architectural complex of the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, designed by the prize-winning Helio Piñón and Albert Viaplana, is a great example of the successful blend of the traditional and modern. The original structure of the Reial Casa de Caritat (royal almshouse) set up in 1802 is carefully restored, and the north wing is integrated with the eye-catching glass façade that produces a beautiful mirror reflection effect that is worth seeing regardless of whether you intend to enter the building or not.

As for the programming, I personally prefer CCCB’s multidisciplinary and interactive approach to MACBA’s (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art which is located just around the corner from CCCB) more conventional ‘white cube’ choices. In particular, apart from the high quality temporary exhibitions that change every 3-4 months, CCCB hosts a wide range of festivals, public lectures, workshops and screenings, and by all means promotes new experimental formats, technologies, and online projects.

Except for food for the mind and soul, CCCB will offer you a dose of proteins, fats and carbohydrates at the C3 restaurant. Also you can choose a more tangible artifact to commemorate your visit to CCCB from the selection of books on art, design, architecture, and editions, related to the CCCB projects, at center’s bookstore.

Anka
Film scholar and a tango fanatic, I was born in 1983 in the gloomy cold place called Estonia. I first visited Barcelona three years ago. The colors, the sounds, the smells, and the inimitable vibe of the city – it did not take long for Barcelona to put its spell on me! ‘This is a city I want to live in’, a thought kept spinning through my head while I was jostling through the endless flow of crowd at La Rambla. So now its your turn! Do yourself a favor, get on a plane/train/bus/car and let this city do its magics!

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