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Barcelona to open Woody Allen Museum

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Barcelona to open Woody Allen Museum
Woody Allen, who is to be honoured with a museum about his life and work in Barcelona. Photo: Thomas Samson.
16:56 CEST+02:00
It has museums devoted to Dali, Picasso and Miro but now Barcelona is set to honour an artist of a different kind, by opening the first museum dedicated exclusively to Woody Allen.

The work of the New York director, who chose the Catalan capital as the location for his Oscar-winning 2008 film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, will be the focus of a new cultural centre.

The Woody Allen Centre, as it is to be called, is only in the first stage of planning, but will be established in La Llotja, a  former school of arts and crafts that has fallen into disuse, according to a report on Catalan’s TV3 channel.

The project is the dreamchild of Mediapro group, whose founder Jaume Roures is a personal friend of Allen’s and the producer of three of his films.

A spokesman from the media giant confirmed to The Local: "The Woody Allen project is under discussion but I can’t say more yet."

The neoclassical building that will house the Woody Allen Centre dates from 1883 and is located in the historic Gothic quarter of Barcelona.

Barcelona City Hall have yet to green light the project which is expected to take two years to complete.

The prolific director has already been immortalized in Oviedo; with a bronze lifesize statue placed of him in a bustling shopping street. The Asturian capital was also used as a location in the Vicky Cristina Barcelona film.

The movie reunited Spanish stars Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, who won an Academy Award for her role as the emotionally unbalanced María Elena. 

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