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Paral·lel Avenue, 1894-1939

Barcelona and the Spectacle of Modernity

Practical information

From 26 October 2012 to 24 February 2013

Opening 26 Oct 2012

Opening hours

From Tuesday to Sunday from 11a.m. to 8p.m.
Closed on non-holiday Mondays

The ticket desk closes half an hour before the Centre's closing time

Exhibition prices


6 €

Concessions: 4 € for senior citizens, under-25s, large families, single-parent families and group visits (minimum 15 persons) .

Free admission: under-12s, Friends of the CCCB, senior citizens in possession of a Targeta Rosa, the unwaged. And on Sundays from 3 to 8 p.m., as well as International Museum Day, Museums at Night, and the city festivities of Santa Eulàlia and La Mercè.


Price: 8.00 €

Concessions: 6.00 € for senior citizens, under-25s, large families, single-parent families and group visits.

A single ticket giving admission to the CCCB, MACBA, MNAC, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Fundació Joan Miró and Museu Picasso. Price 30 € (valid for 3 month)
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El Paral·lel emerges from the project to extend the city designed by Ildefons Cerdà. From its birth, a series of contradictory urban planning regulations facilitated the appearance of ephemeral buildings and the conversion of this street into a dense area of leisure and entertainment.

The result was a leisure district for the masses, perfectly comparable to those existing in other major European urban agglomerations at that time, but that immediately became a genuine cultural expression of the social and political conflict that characterised the Barcelona of the early 20th century. El Paral·lel generated shows with perfectly differentiated contents and formats, made up by the audience and the artists.

This exhibition will explain, therefore, why a new entertainment area emerged in the city, leading the weight of the theatrical axis to move from the Plaça Catalunya-Passeig de Gràcia area to the Nou de la Rambla-Paral·lel area.

It will also explain how the new modalities of stage expression were configured based on two fundamental elements: the representation of ways of living in District V and of the social transformations and new value codes; and penetration by foreign popular stage genres and their “nationalisation” based on the demand from new audiences.

Moreover, El Paral·lel became the visible manifestation of a profound change in the social perception of sex. A change that would affect Catalan society across the board and had much to do with standards of tolerance towards the break away from traditional morals.

El Paral·lel was also the place where the ideologies that moved political and trade union organisations of the popular classes were made manifest. Republicans, socialists and anarchists were scattered around the city and often had meeting places at the theatres, where sometimes political rallies were held in the mornings and shows in the evening and at night.

Photography, the press and the visual arts in particular form the basis of the various sections of the exhibition. This area of the city has provided the inspiration for a long list of artists, including Picasso, Nonell, Francesc Domingo, Ricard Urgell, Ricard Canals, Ramon Casas, Rafael Barradas, Feliu Elias (“Apa”), Opisso, Emili Bosch Roger, Ismael Smith, Jaume Pasarell, Picabia and Gleizes.

Organized by:

Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona


Fundació CatalunyaCaixaEndesa

With the collaboration of:

Institut del Teatre


El PaísCatalunya Ràdio

CCCB - Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona Montalegre, 5 - 08001 Barcelona Tel. 93 306 41 00 - Fax 93 306 41 01 - info@cccb.org