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The Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art (CAAC), situated in the historically rich Monastery of Santa Maria de las Cuevas on the Isla de la Cartuja in Seville, is a premier institution for contemporary art in Andalusia. Established in February 1990, the CAAC aims to foster research, conservation, promotion, and dissemination of contemporary art. The transformation of the former Carthusian monastery into the CAAC's headquarters in 1997 marked a significant development in its mission, blending the rich heritage of the site with the dynamism of contemporary artistic expressions​​. Why visit?
1. The CAAC houses a diverse collection that spans artistic trends from the mid-20th century to the present, featuring works by notable artists such as Luis Gordillo, Candida Höfer, and Louise Bourgeois.
2. The Monastery of Santa Maria de las Cuevas, where the CAAC is located, offers visitors not just art but a journey through history. The monastery, with its Mudéjar architecture, showcases the evolution from a religious site to a pottery factory by Charles Pickman in the 19th century, and finally to a contemporary art centre. This site has hosted Christopher Columbus and was a pivotal location in Seville's ceramic industry​​.
3. The CAAC is known for its engaging exhibitions, such as 'Stoner' by Andra Ursuta and 'Territory' by Giulia Cenci, which creatively utilize the chapel spaces. The centre's series of gallery spaces, surrounded by courtyards and fruit trees, offer a unique setting for experiencing contemporary art​​. The gardens also house ombu trees, believed to have been planted by Hernando Colón, the son of Christopher Columbus​​.
4. The CAAC is a testament to the seamless integration of contemporary art within a historical context. Visit the official CAAC website for information on hours and exhibitions.
Photo: CAAC [Works by Cruz-Diez and Julio Le Parc in the Chapel of Afuera]