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Arts Santa Mònica

A cultural centre built over an old monastery

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A cultural centre for exhibitions and conferences was built over the old Convent de Santa Mònica at the bottom of La Rambla. The remodelling work transformed the old monastery and convent of the Order of Discalced Augustinians into a multipurpose cultural centre that mainly focuses on digital culture and its various artistic formats and languages.

Why visit Arts Santa Mònica?

Arts Santa Mònica is built over an old monastery from 1636, from which only part of the cloister remains. The monastery was transformed into an art centre by the architects David and Albert Viaplana, who also built its external ramp-like open balcony from which you can enjoy a good view of the bottom of La Rambla.

Since its inauguration in 1988, Arts Santa Mònica has experienced a number of incarnations, changing both its name and its style, and played host to 150 exhibitions and conferences and organised photography, design, electronic art and dance competitions.

Now Arts Santa Mònica focuses on the exploration of creativity and innovation through exhibitions on architecture, the scenic arts, the visual arts, music, literature, design, gastronomy, etc. The centre has also implemented various educational and mediation projects with the district, the city and the region.

 

How do you get to Arts Santa Mònica?

Hop off at the Colom – Museu Marítim stop on the Red Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic and you will see Arts Santa Mònica at the bottom of La Rambla.

 

For the most curious of you

  • Did you know? The building was home to part of the collection of the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art while the building designed by Richard Meier was being built in the Raval district.
  • Local’s tip: Don’t just look in from outside, go inside and see some of the exhibitions held by Arts Santa Mònica!
  • A must: For lovers of new artistic trends.