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A visit to the CAAC, Andalusian Center of Contemporary Art

25th March, 2015 ·

Monastery of the Cartuja. Photo by Amalia Ordóñez.

Monastery of the Cartuja. Photo by Amalia Ordóñez.

Since 1997, the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo has been considered one of the main places that house contemporary masterpieces in Andalusia. It’s located in the Monastery of Santa Maria de las Cuevas, better known as Monastery of the Cartuja. This area, where the monastery is now, was first born in the 12th century, when the Almohads set up several ovens to fire clay. Little by little the Cartuja got built by some members of the Sevillian aristocracy that were established there, as well as some figures of the Church. However, it was in the 19th century when an English businessman, Charles Pickman, purchased the Cartuja and transformed it into a pottery factory that would become world-renowned.

Chimneys used in the former ceramic factory. Photo by María de las Heras

Chimneys used in the former ceramic factory. Photo by María de las Heras

In 1992, it was held in Seville the Universal Exhibition, an event that led to the conversion of the pottery factory into a cultural center, today known as the Andalusian Center of Contemporary Art. What surprises the most about this center is the contrast between its buildings (mostly chapels, a church, some indoor patios, as the ones in the Alhambra in Granada and the Alcazar of Seville) and the abstract paintings that are exhibited in its rooms.

Entrance to the Monastery. Photo by Cristina Esquivel.

Entrance to the Monastery. Photo by Cristina Esquivel.

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