“We already wanted to go back,” exclaims a young couple who visits the CaixaForum of Barcelona with her two young children. They have entered with the first group of people who had an appointment to see the two exhibitions with which the artistic center located in the old Casaramona factory has reopened its doors today. Some 300 people had prior reservation online, but at the end of the day a total of 798 people have passed through this CaixaForum. And in the set of eight centers throughout Spain belonging to the la Caixa foundation, which have all reopened today, 2,072 people have passed, more than expected.
Despite the masks and gel, mandatory to enter the facilities, and the discomfort of having to maintain distances to avoid the spread of coronavirus, a certain sense of relief is perceived among the public, mostly young. From the team of educators, which has been reinforced, confirm the impression: “Very interested people have come, although not all of them knew what they were going to see.”
Predominance of young audience in the reopening of the exhibitions
Elisa Durán, Deputy Director General of the Fundació The Caixa, explains that of the 700,000 annual visitors in Barcelona, there are 80,000 that correspond to school visits and these are currently paralyzed. But it is calculated that visitors to the CaixaForum attend an average of 2.8 times a year and 95% are local people, who can do so from now on. And also with two samples of luxury:
Objects of desire. Surrealism and design
(1924-2020), extended until September 27, and Where we are. Where could we be, which is part of the Support Program for Artistic Creation of la Caixa (open until November 1).
The other seven CaixaForum centers located in Madrid, Zaragoza, Seville, Palma, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona, and the Cap Roig gardens, in Palafrugell, have also resumed their activity, with the limitation in all cases of one-third of the capacity. In Lleida, they have done it with a new exhibition, Building new worlds. The historical avant-gardes in the IVAM Collection 1914-1945. And also in Girona, with Apollo XI. The arrival of man on the Moon. In Madrid the exhibition has been extended until September 6
Vampires. The evolution of the myth and about 200 people have passed through it. In Seville they had 372 visitors and in Palma, 232.
Starting tomorrow, part of the municipal museums of Barcelona reopen: El Born, the Museu d’Història e Barcelona, the Museu del Disseny, Museu Etnològic i de Cultures del Món, the Monastery of Pedralbes, the Museu Frederic Marès, the Castell de Montjuïc and the Arxiu Fotogràfic. The museums of Empúries, Ullastret and Olèrdola will also do so.
At the Guggenheim in Bilbao, visitors take their temperature
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao has also reopened today Monday with the novelty that at the entrance all visitors took their temperature. And access to the museum was not allowed if it exceeded 37ºC. And tomorrow the Mapfre Foundation opens in Madrid with the Rodin-Giacometti exhibition.