The photographic exhibitions of KBr Fundación MAPFRE


KBr Fundación MAPFRE is an exhibition center focused on photography, which has two large exhibition spaces, a bookstore, an area for educational activities and a multipurpose auditorium. They usually organize two simultaneous temporary exhibitions, in which we can see the works of the most emblematic photographers of the 20th century.

In addition to its exhibition work, the KBr aims to collaborate with other Catalan institutions dedicated to photography, to get involved in the training of future generations in the understanding of photographic language and to contribute to the international projection of Barcelona from creativity and dynamism cultural.

KBr, in case you don't know, is the chemical symbol for potassium bromide, a salt used in the development process of analog photography. Its main function is to delay the action of the developer in order to prevent the formation of the so-called chemical veil. Thanks to the potassium bromide, the photographs could obtain a higher purity of whites in the image.

Current exhibitions of KBr Fundación MAPFRE

Paolo Gasparini. Image field

This exhibition by the photographer Paolo Gasparini (1934, Italy) brings us closer to the cultural tensions and contradictions that the South American continent has suffered, and continues to suffer, as a result of the decades of political migrations that took place in the 20th and 21st centuries. Through images and photobooks, his work confronts realities and makes us think about the ambivalence of identity. The exhibition is divided into sixteen sections that bring together Gasparini's most relevant projects and focuses on his photobooks, a form of expression that the artist recognizes as comparable, in importance, to his photographs.

KBr Flame 21

It brings together the work of four emerging artists (Gael del Río, Laura Gálvez-Rhein, Gunnlod Jóna Rúnarsdóttir and Blanca Munt) who take us to different realities based on the memory of the past or on aspects related to collective identity. This project is the result of collaboration with four Barcelona institutions committed to teaching and studying photography: Grisart, Idep Barcelona, ​​IEFC and Elisava, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering to support and give visibility to the new generations of photographers.

Opening hours

  • Tuesday to Sunday (and public holidays) from: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Closed: non-holiday Mondays, 25 December, 1 and 6 January
  • Special hours: December 24 and 31, January 5: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm