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The old Fabra i Coats factory transformed into Barcelona’s Centre for Contemporary Art

The old Fabra i Coats industrial complex in Barcelona hosts a new centre for Contemporary Art in Catalonia in one of its buildings. The industrial complex is also hosting the ‘Creation Factory’, a socialization space for artists, where they can work on new projects. The Contemporary Art centre was unveiled with the first exhibition called ‘Això no és una exposició d’art, tampoc’ (‘This is not an art exhibition, either’) based on ‘performance’. The whole project, which at the moment uses 600 square metres on the ground floor, will occupy a total of 2,450 square metres of exhibition space - three floors in the front wing of the old factory.

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02 October 2012 01:57 AM

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ACN / Laura Quintana

Barcelona (ACN).- The Fabra i Coats industrial complex was a spinning mill in the nineteenth century. Located in the neighbourhood of Sant Andreu in Barcelona, it was bought by the City Council in 2006 and in 2008 they agreed to transform it into a Centre for Contemporary Art. Four years after this decision and with the project\u2019s budget reduced due to the crisis, the factory opens its doors with the first exhibition called \u2018Això no és una exposició d\u2019art, tampoc\u2019 (\u2018This is not an art exhibition, either\u2019) based on \u2018performance\u2019. This exhibition \u2013 located on the ground floor \u2013 is the first phase of the whole project which will occupy three floors of the front wing of the old factory. It will have 2,450 square metres of exhibition space and will house the \u2018Creation Factory\u2019, a socialization space for artists which is already running. The Fabra i Coats\u2019 is the eighth centre for contemporary art in Catalonia, strengthening the cultural offerings. \u201CCatalonia is seen as the fifth cultural cluster in the European Union (EU) in cultural production capacity. [\u2026] It is essential that we are able to keep it, increase it and strengthen it\u201D, stated the Catalan Culture Minister.


At the moment the factory\u2019s exhibition surface is the ground floor, where the first exhibition is displayed. However the whole project is planned to be over three floors in the front wing of one of the buildings of the Fabra i Coats industrial complex. It will occupy 2,450 square metres.

Moreover, this new Centre for Contemporary Art in Barcelona also has a working space for artists to come up with their creations. This is called the \u2018Creation Factory\u2019, a socialization space for artists which is already running. Once fully completed, the art centre will consist of the \u2018Creation Factory\u2019, the exhibition spaces, an auditorium, offices and workshops for artists.

The coexistence of the Centre of Contemporary Art and the \u2018Creation Factory\u2019 seeks feedback from both institutions, with the idea of developing a \u201Cstrategic potential for the cultural and social development of the city\u201D, according to Barcelona\u2019s City Council.

The first exhibition

The exhibition \u2018Això no és una exposició d\u2019art, tampoc\u2019 (\u2018This is not an art exhibition, either\u2019) is the first and, at the moment, only one that this new Centre for Contemporary Art is hosting. It is commissioned by David G. Torres. Visitors can see pieces that are developed in front of the public in real time. Besides this, the exhibition is defined as a cycle of \u2018performances\u2019 which also include documents, videos, a publication and a website.

Catalonia, fifth in the European Union

This new Centre for Contemporary Art is the eighth centre of this kind in Catalonia: centres welcoming and strengthening artistic creativity. According to Catalonia\u2019s Minister for Culture, Ferran Mascarell, \u201CCatalonia is seen as the fifth cultural cluster in the European Union (EU) in cultural production capacity\u201D. \u201CIt is essential that we are able to keep it, increase it and strengthen it\u201D, he has concluded.

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