Designed as a centre for art, discussion and social inclusion, the CaixaForum is an intriguing place to visit during a holiday in Madrid. With a room at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Madrid Prado, you have a hotel in Madrid City centre, only a few minutes walk from the CaixaForum and several other Madrid art institutions.
The CaixaForum is a landmark building on the famous 'art walk' - the Paseo del Prado in Madrid. Nested between world-famous galleries such as the Museo del Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Museo Reina Sofía, the distinctive building and 'vertical garden' of the CaixaForum will be hard to miss.
Conceived by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron, the eye-catching design of the CaixaForum is based on an old power station with new sections encased in oxidized cast-iron. Next to the gallery stands a 'vertical garden' - an art installation of green plants by French botanist Patrick Blanc.
Events and conferences
Although primarily a post-modern art gallery, the CaixaForum houses a range of art from throughout the ages - from ancient artworks through to latter-day avant-garde masterworks. CaixaForum offers more than just an art gallery though, including a calendar packed with events, workshops and activities for everyone.
A popular venue for conferences, the CaixaForum has several multi-function rooms and an auditorium with capacity for 322 people. Throughout the year the CaixaForum hosts many arts events, performances and concerts, including music and poetry festivals.
Visiting CaixaForum in Madrid
The CaixaForum is designed to be an art space accessible to all and therefore admission to the gallery is free. Opening times are 10:00 to 20:00, and the nearest metro stations are Banco de España, Atocha and Anton Martin.