Palau de la Virreina

Muntadas’ latest installation was held in a part of town where the urban landscape is particularly rich in architectural, sociological, historical, and political resonance. It used the symbolic energy of the building housing the installation—a Baroque construction situated on the noisy and bustling Las Ramblas—as a starting point. A passageway running through the building connects Las Ramblas with the beautiful market of the Boquería. This passage had been closed to the public for several years until Muntadas reopened it, creating a vital symbolic link between two parts of the city. The building contains five levels—a small gallery is on the ground floor; the first floor contains the city’s Bureau of Documentation, seen here with its doors ajar; the second floor holds a Rococo dining room, intact since its construction; the third floor is the main area for executive offices; and the fourth

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