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A date for art lovers: Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona

A date for art lovers: Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona

As we mentioned in our previous article about the Best Barcelona architecture, Barcelona is a city that stands out for many other things apart from its magnificent gastronomy or the great leisure activities that it offers. Barcelona is also art and culture and precisely that is what we want to talk about in today’s article. Specifically, we want to recommend to you the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, or better known as MACBA, one of the best appointments for art lovers. 

History of MACBA

The MACBA opened its doors for the first time on November 28, 1995, so last year 2020 the 25th anniversary of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona was celebrated. Since then, it has not only become one of the best museums in Barcelona but it has also established itself internationally as a great reference in contemporary art. 

The current museum was built thanks to the art critic Alexandre Cirici when in 1959 he defended the idea and the need to create a museum of contemporary art in the city of Barcelona. From that moment and together with Cesáreo Rodríguez, they began to gather a collection with the aim that this was the future of the museum. 

In 1963 they held the exhibition “L’art i la pau”, i.e. Art and Peace in Catalan, and as a consequence of their political message, the adventure of making a new museum ended. It was not until 1985 when Joan Rigol, the person in charge of the Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya, recovered the idea of ​​building a museum of contemporary art.  

The perfect museum for contemporary art lovers 

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, the MACBA has become the perfect museum for contemporary art lovers, as you will be able to find large exhibitions of works of art of the second half of the 20th century. 

In this way, through the different spaces and collections, you will be able to observe and enjoy modern art from the abstraction of the 50s of the 20th century to the European pop art and the avant-garde of the sixties and seventies. In addition, you can also see works that reflect the return of photographic figuration or sculptures anti-minimalist that were so famous in the eighties. 

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona stands out above all for offering viewers works by local but also international artists such as Joan Miró, Antoni Tàpies, Andy Warhol, or even Jean-Michel Basquiat.

In addition, it is important to note that the MACBA not only stands out for the great works of its interior but also for the large modern building created by the American architect Richard Meier. 

Why visit MACBA? 

One of the most important reasons why it is necessary to visit MACBA is because it is one of the leading museums of contemporary art in the world, and as we have mentioned previously, the museum has numerous works of contemporary art. Specifically, the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona is made up of more than 5,000 works created from the 50s to the 21th century. These 5,000 works include abstract works from the mid-20th century, works from the 1980s, and more recent and current works. 

It is essential to highlight that as a result of this large amount of work and all the artists exhibited in this place, it was declared a museum of national interest by the Generalitat of Catalonia. It is a 1991 building of concrete, white aluminum, and glass that stands out and differentiates itself from the other buildings around it. 

As stated by the museum, “the building is the result of combining elements of straight lines with others of curves, and this geometry is softened by the exterior light, which penetrates the building through open galleries and large skylights”. 

Where are you and what are your hours? 

In addition to all the aforementioned, the MACBA also stands out for its perfect location in the heart of the city of Barcelona, ​​specifically in the Plaça dels Àngels, in the Raval neighborhood. Finally, we recommend that before your visit, you check its opening hours on its web.


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