Did you know that the Montjuïc trade fair installations are 90 years old? They were originally built for the International Exhibition held in Barcelona in 1929. Although the event took place in a context of a deep global financial crisis, more than 40 countries took part and it had a profound effect on the growth and modernization of the city as it opened up in the direction of the Baix Llobregat region.
The Exhibition brought with it the conversion of the mountain of Montjuïc into a green park for the leisure activities of the citizens of Barcelona, the arrival of the metropolitan railway, the construction of Plaza de España and a number of large monumental buildings that are still in use today: the Palau Nacional, which today is home to the National Art Museum of Catalonia; the emblematic Venetian Towers, the Magic Fountain, Poble Espanyol, the Flower Market, the Greek Theatre and the Olympic Stadium, which was remodelled for the Olympic Games of 1992.
The park of Montjuïc, which is today an outstanding feature at the heart of the city, is also the setting for other important cultural facilities, like the Joan Miró Foundation, CaixaForum or the German pavilion designed by Mies van der Rohe, which was painstakingly rebuilt in 1986. Besides hosting fairs and congresses, the Montjuïc site is also the setting for a number of cultural and leisure activities, concerts, fun runs and many different sporting and civic occasions.
The General Council of Fira de Barcelona has approved a strategic plan for installations which means that the Montjuïc buildings will undergo significant renovation to adapt them to the demands of today’s fairs and congresses, while the Gran Via site will be expanded by another 60,000m2. The works at the Montjuïc site are planned to be completed by 2029, in time for the centenary of the Exhibition.