The planning committee expects the palace to be inaugurated as a cultural space in the fall of 2018. Jaime Collboli, the Deputy Mayor for culture in Barcelona, has provided more details on this topic. Temporary exhibitions will take place inside the palace at least until 2025.
In September, the government of Barcelona and Fira Barcelona, the agency responsible for hosting the exhibitions, will approve the palace’s lease agreement. The Institute of Culture of Barcelona, in turn, will allocate 2.5 million euros for the refurbishment of the palace. As Constanti Collboni, Managing Director of Fira Barcelona maintains, “Expansion of the city’s cultural spaces might be the most important goal in this sector since the Olympic Games of 1992.” He also adds that in this way, the city “makes a quantitative and qualitative leap forward.”
The new exhibition space in Barcelona is expected to become a counterpart of the Great Paris Palace and to complement the activities of such organizations in the Catalonian capital as The National Museum of Arts of Catalonia (MNAC), CaixaForum, and Mies van der Rohe.