After more than twenty-five years of continuous programming, the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (Barcelona Contemporary Culture Centre, CCCB) has consolidated its position as a focal point of culture and creativity, not only for the city of Barcelona, but also throughout Catalonia and Spain as well as internationally.
The CCCB is a place for production, creation and exhibition, a focal point of culture in Barcelona that brings together cultural actors and users committed to the idea that culture is a basic need.
Views of Barcelona from a lofty vantage point are always special. At the Sala Mirador in the CCCB, located on the top floor, you can behold Barcelona through a glass…
Views of Barcelona from a lofty vantage point are always special. At the Sala Mirador in the CCCB, located on the top floor, you can behold Barcelona through a glass façade from an unusual vantage point: the sea, Raval and Gothic quarters, Montjuïc, Tibidabo and Collserola Tower stretching out before you. Magnificent panoramas of the city of Barcelona from the centre’s most iconic space. Open on various Sundays throughout the year. Check specific dates.
The CCCB is located on a site with a long history, as it once was the location of a 12th-century church that later became the monastery of Montalegre in the…
The CCCB is located on a site with a long history, as it once was the location of a 12th-century church that later became the monastery of Montalegre in the 13th century and a Jesuit seminary in the 16th century. In the 18th century, a military barracks and correctional facility was installed here. Finally, in the year 1802, King Charles IV of Spain authorized the creation of a charitable establishment, the Casa de Caritat (Almshouse), in order to provide shelter for the most disadvantaged members of society. Over time, the Casa de Caritat came to fund itself and obtained income from very diverse sources. In the year 1868, responsibility for the establishment was transferred to the Barcelona Provincial Council as a result of the Public Charity Law of 1853. In contrast, during the short period of the Republican Catalan Government (1932-1936), the Casa de Caritat came under its exclusive jurisdiction and major improvements were introduced during this period, especially in the treatment of inmates and secularisation of teaching staff. The Casa de Caritat ceased to function in the year 1957, when it was moved to new premises that were inaugurated in the Vall d’Hebron district (Llars Mundet).
CCCB offers all visitors free access to two very different and interesting archives. The CCCB Archive is a space for consultation with over 10,000 multimedia references on key subjects from…
CCCB offers all visitors free access to two very different and interesting archives. The CCCB Archive is a space for consultation with over 10,000 multimedia references on key subjects from culture to contemporary thinking. It constitutes the CCCB’s documentary collection and has been created by the centre’s talks, exhibitions, festivals, concerts and publications. The Xcentric Archive is the CCCB’s archive of experimental film, a meeting point for the viewing and interpretation of key films, with over 1,000 titles from prominent creators. It has a screening room with a capacity for twelve people and an area for individual consultation.
Laie CCCB Bookshop
The Laie CCCB bookstore covers the entire available collection of CCCB publications, as well as sections on contemporary art, architecture, design, critical thinking, history, literature, visual culture and contemporary music.…
The Laie CCCB bookstore covers the entire available collection of CCCB publications, as well as sections on contemporary art, architecture, design, critical thinking, history, literature, visual culture and contemporary music. Visitors can find artist editions, contemporary design items and experimental music CDs.
An exhibition that explores the aesthetic, philosophical and political legacy of the Marquis de Sade in contemporary culture, from the early 20th-century avant-gardes to the present day.
“Sade. Freedom or Evil” is an invitation to revise stereotypes like the ones associated with the term sadism, and to reflect on how Sade can prompt shock and scandal on the one hand, and be hailed as the personification of revolution on the other. The exhibition addresses this analysis by looking at fundamental avant-garde figures who have celebrated the author: Guillaume Apollinaire, Georges Bataille, Salvador Dalí, Toyen and Man Ray, among others. It also presents the critical vision of Pier Paolo Pasolini and the reflections of contemporary artists who explore freedom of expression, the transmutation of gender roles, desire, violence, the institutionalization of terror and the role of pornographic imagination in consumer society.
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