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Can Framis, Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain, Europe: in Barcelona's Poble Nou district, wool factory turned gallery Can Framis houses a three-floor collection
116–126 Carrer Roc Boronat
Spain 08018
Tel: 34 93 320 87 36's insider take:

One of the most exciting additions to Poble Nou, a sizable working-class district that's fast becoming a creative and high-tech hub, Can Framis opened in April 2009. Winner of a clutch of architecture awards, it was artfully converted from a 19th-century wool factory with a towering smokestack, which is now surrounded by a tranquil courtyard. Can Framis is part of the Fundació Vila Casas, a project from a local industrialist dedicated to collecting and exhibiting Catalan art. The collection, which spans three floors, displays works of artists either born or living in Catalonia dating back to the 1970s. The collection starts, appropriately enough, with a painting of an icky black brain from artist Jaume Plensa. You will recognize the murky, mixed-media offerings from Tàpies and Agustí Puig's interpretation of Las Meninas, Velázquez's famous court portrait. A separate annex invites private collectors to put their troves on public display, which at the time of writing included Damien Hirst's vibrant and ironic Last Supper screen prints.—Suzanne Wales

Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 am to 6 pm.

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