KBr is the new Photography Center with which Fundación MAPFRE begins a new stage in its intense dedication to artistic photography, one of its main areas of cultural activity since 2009.

With two exhibition areas, a bookstore, an area for educational activities and a multi-purpose auditorium, KBr becomes a national and international reference in the field of photography.


Two large exhibitions inaugurate this venue. The main hall will exhibit the works of Bill Brandt, one of the most important European photographers of the 20th century.

The second room showcases, for the first time, our collection of photographs by Paul Strand, the artist’s most extensive collection outside the United States.

Sirvienta y sirvienta segunda preparadas para servir la cena - Bill Brandt

Bill Brandt Parlourmaid and Under-parlourmaid ready to serve dinner, 1936 Private collection, Courtesy Bill Brandt Archive and Edwynn Houk Gallery. © Bill Brandt / Bill Brandt Archive Ltd.

Paul Strand

Paul Strand Young Boy, Gondeville, Charente, France, 1916. FRANCE © Aperture Foundation, Inc., Paul Strand Archive © COLECCIONES Fundación MAPFRE

KBr today

At KBr things happen. Here we are developing a permanent educational program, focused more on training future generations in the understanding of the language of photography and its artistic dimension than on explaining a specific exhibition. We share knowledge about photography through meetings and conferences. 

All our activities aim to contribute to the dynamism and projection of Barcelona through an area – artistic photography – closely associated with the cultural excellence of contemporary Catalonia.