Ai Weiwei in Seville and the Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art

Posted by on April 10, 2013

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Seville is one of my favorite places in Spain. The Monastery of the Cartuja across the river offers a unique spectacle as rods and sheets of water play together with the reflections of the sun in a place away from the masses of tourists. This happens because if you have a few days available it is rare that anyone will push all the way here but I am sure that lovers of art will not fail to enter this place of ancient history that speaks a language of our day in their itinerary.

Monastery of the Cartuja bridge

Monastery of the Cartuja bridge

Monastery of the Cartuja Yard

Monastery of the Cartuja Yard

An old monastery which stands on a sacred place where legend tells of a mysterious discovery, an icon of the Virgin Mary hidden during the period of Arab domination. In the fourteenth century it was erected as a church dedicated to Santa Maria delle Cave and in 400 the Archbishop of Seville began work on the construction of the convent which was finished only later through funding by the family of Alcalá. The Charterhouse did not have an easy life. In 1810 in fact it saw the invasion of Napoleon’s troops who turned it into their headquarters in 1839 to become a ceramics factory equipped with oven. Now the whole of the Cartuja has been restored, restoring vigor and splendor to the essential elements of its monastic past.

Monastery of the Cartuja inside

Monastery of the Cartuja inside

Monastery of the Cartuja roof

Monastery of the Cartuja roof

Among the monastery’s rooms is placed the Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art and between sound installations, paintings and sculptures you can examine the Andalusian inspiration and creativity from the 50s to the present day. We organize regular basis with interesting and extravagant shows and exhibitions with the aim to explore and delve into the intricacies of the national and international art scene. In this regard arrives from February 1 until June 23 the exhibition Resistencia y Tradición leading Chinese artist Ai Weiwei to Seville.

Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art outside

Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art outside

Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art

Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art

The Monastery of the Cartuja and the ACCA are open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11.00 am to 21.00 and Sunday from 11.00 to 15.00. The price of the ticket is € 3.00 for the full tour and 1.80 € for the museum visit and temporary exhibitions. Saturday admission is free and entry is free on Tuesdays and Fridays from 19:00 to 21:00.

Modern Seville

Modern Seville

While traveling near Seville you may want to read: Seville the real heart of Spain, Madrid travel guide, Spain.

Seville photos: Boda de Cine, John 106, Aidan McRae Thomson, monchoparis, T. Gonzalves.

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