A project for the future

The new master plan

Museums and museum-like cultural institutions are sometimes viewed as closed, immovable spaces, like time capsules. The Fundació Julio Muñoz Ramonet aims to become a cultural facility that both bears witness to the past and looks to the future from an innovative perspective.

The plan for a new strategic definition and functional proposal for the buildings and gardens bequeathed by Julio Muñoz Ramonet, approved by the Foundation’s Board in March 2021, sets out the guidelines for the Foundation’s future.

Following the full renovation planned for 2023–2027, the Foundation will combine its instrumental role as an organisation created to manage the bequeathed resources effectively and efficiently, in line with the foundational principles, with a new perspective as a multidisciplinary centre revolving around a cutting-edge art, science, technology and society programme.

A mixed-purpose, next-generation facility

The Fundació Julio Muñoz Ramonet will be a door to the past, present and future that will strive to make an impact in three directions: by bearing witness to a not-so-distant past through its spaces and art collection, by bringing culture to the local neighbourhood and tackling the concerns and challenges inherent in the contemporary city, and by overcoming the old distinction between humanities and sciences by promoting action that encourages reflection and dialogue through critical thinking and the constant transmission of knowledge.

It aims to be a complex, multifaceted space like no other in the city; a contemporary thought hub searching for the vertexes between art, science, technology and society in a heritage setting of enormous value and historical relevance.

An innovative programme

The Fundació Julio Muñoz Ramonet will host temporary exhibitions, talks, workshops, concerts and performing arts activities within a cross-cutting, comprehensive programme open to the neighbourhood and to the city, put together in constant collaboration with other local and international cultural and scientific institutions.

One of the most noteworthy aspects of this programme is the creation of a residency programme for scientists and creators. It will be based in the Torre de l’Avenir building, the programme’s nerve centre. Housing will be incorporated into its spaces.

The Foundation has already started to develop this programme through the creation of the #ArtScience activity series. In 2023, a total of 19 activities will be offered in the garden, including dance, performance, documentary and citizen science activities, among others, to foster reflection around time from different perspectives. See the full programme here.

The goal is for this green lung in the Galvany neighbourhood to become a space that energises cultural activities across a wide spectrum and an art and science hub that transforms a historical site into the beating heart of new forms of contemporary creation.