I didn't go out last Friday night, which meant that on Saturday morning I was feeling spritely enough to take in a bit of culture (By spritely I mean that I was simply awake and vertical, I was not doing star jumps or anything of ther sort). Well, I took a walk down to the Caixa Forum, a cultural centre funded by the bank La Caixa (in other words funded by you and me). If I fancy a bit of art I prefer to go here than to the nearby Prado and Reina Sofia museums because it's free to get in but mainly because I never tire of looking at the building and its wonderful 'hanging garden' - the photo taken with my mobile phone above really doesn't do it justice. It's also quite a small gallery, and I can 'do' it in about an hour, thus avoiding the 'museum dizziness' that I tend to get if I'm walking round an enormous gallery for the whole aftenoon. This time round, the main exhibition was the Aga Khan collection (I have to admit, I didn't know who he was until my boyfriend told me) of Islamic art and antiquities gathered from all over the world - it was really interesting to see side by side Korans from China, Indonesia, Turkey, Syria and elsewhere. Also on display were tiles, jewellery, engraved doors, tapestries and more. The exhibits were also explained in perfect English which was a nice touch. Definitely worth a visit (on until 6th September 2009).
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