Vampires. The evolution of the myth

The vampire is one of the most widespread and represented myths in human history. The exhibition collects the cultural history of the vampire myth showing some of its most emblematic representations and mutations in all types of cultural productions: from literature or the visual arts to clothing or comics and focusing, especially, on cinematic art.

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It is an exceptional opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of vampires and learn about the relationships between the different facets of the vampire that, transcending different artistic practices, demonstrate the persistence of the vampire in the collective imagination and rooted in popular culture, while captivating the viewer.


From his first film appearance to television appearances in the 21st century, the vampire has continued to rise from the darkness and challenge fans with identity issues.

Neither dead nor alive, and fundamentally marginal, the vampire myth raises the question of the nature of his being. And, consequently, it causes artists to ask the same question.


“la Caixa” Foundation in collaboration with La Cinémathèque française.





But where does the vampire come from? How is it represented?

Where does its magnetism come from? Would we want to live like a vampire?

These are some of the questions on which the educational project that we had the pleasure of elaborating for the dynamic visit of the exhibition is based and which form the backbone of the approach of the educational space and the café-social gathering.

© James Dean, Fairmount, Indiana, USA, 1955. © Dennis Stock _ Magnum Photos

From a new format of participatory visitation, school groups or families transformed into teams of anthropologists, scientists, vampires, researchers and historians, become active agents in the process of knowledge construction. With the support of the educational team and based on the museographic proposal, they open hypotheses and approach the myth of the vampire from interdisciplinary perspectives, with the aim of shelling out and discovering the most characteristic facts that surround his figure.

The exhibition concludes with access to the Vamp Club – the family educational space – where we invite everyone to reflect on the same question:

Would you let yourself be bitten by a vampire?

Whatever the answer, the door to the vampire community is open to everyone. Within the Club, the activity consists of designing the cultural elements of the vampire society: the poster of a vampire film, the menu of the day of the Vampire Secret Society and the posters of the next vampire congresses!éla-Lugosi.-Dracula_b-1é.-Infierno-de-Dante-Madrid-1



Script for a dynamic school and family visit

Training of CaixaForum Madrid and Barcelona educational teams

Design of the family educational space of the exhibition

Conceptualization of the coffee-gathering



Graphic design materials

Elena Castillo

Production educational space

Digital Screen

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Vampires. The evolution of the myth of CaixaForum Barcelona

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