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La Panera Art Centre

The La Panera Art Centre is a new cultural facility providing a showcase for more recent forms of artistic expression through the various exhibitions and activities staged there.

Its commitment to the presentation and dissemination of contemporary art also takes the form of guided tours offered to a full range of audiences, as well as free access to the specialist bibliographical resources held in the Documentation Centre. Convinced at all times that today's art is a vital tool in understanding our world and forming an awareness of the issues and questions which affect not only artistic creation, but society at large.

The centre was also conceived as a platform for production and presentation of the visual arts of the nation, with the aim of serving to build bridges between visual output and creations generated in other cultural spheres.

The building

 

 

panera-interiorThe La Panera building was constructed between the 12th and 13th centuries, in the Consulate era, one of the most prosperous periods in Lleida's mediaeval economy. The Almodí, as the building was then known, was the city's commercial exchange and the focal point all types of transaction: cereals, oil, grapes, etc. The original mediaeval columns are still preserved: 21 stone columns measuring 5.70 metres in height.

In 1606, the Almodí was purchased by the Cathedral Chapter, a new storey was built above the columns of the former Almodí along with an enclosing wall, giving it its current appearance. The building was used as a storeroom and for the sale of produce harvested by the canons, hence its name: La Panera dels Canonges (the Canons' Bread Basket).

Following the dissolution of church properties in 1835, La Panera was taken over by the city council, which loaned the building to the Army for use as a cavalry barracks in 1860.

It was later a national police barracks up until the 1980s, when it was reinstated to the city council, which decided to make use of it as an art centre. The current refurbishment has served to restore the mediaeval columns in all their glory.

Contact

Address: Plaça Panera, 2 - Lleida
Tel. 973 262 185
Web www.lapanera.cat

Summer opening hours (from 15th June to 6th October)

  • Tuesday to Friday: 10h to 14h and 16h to 19h
  • Saturdays: 11h to 14h and 16h to 19h
  • Sundays and bank holidays: 11h to 14h

Closed on Mondays.

*Closed at weekends and public holidays of August.

Winter opening hours

  • Tuesday to Friday: from 10h to 14h and 16h to 19h
  • Saturdays: 11h to 14h and 17h to 20h
  • Sundays and bank holidays: 11h to 14h

Closed on Mondays

Entrance price

Free

Guided tours of the exhibitions

Saturdays 18h

Need to book in advance.

(except in August)


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