Combining straight lines and curves in a continuous dialogue between the interior spaces and the light outside, the building, inaugurated in 1995, is a work by Richard Meier. It's about what is more interesting in this museum.
MACBA (Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum) is dedicated to works from the second half of the 20th century. There are few works in the permanent collection and once in a while interesting temporary exhibitions.
In1959 the art critic Alexandre Cirici Pellicer believed in the need to create a Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona.
Between 1960 and 1963, Cirici and Cesáreo Rodríguez Aguilera headed a group of individuals who began to put together a collection with the objective of constituting the basis for the future museum. In February 1963, the opening of the exhibition El arte y la paz, with a clear political commitment, exposed the narrow limits of what was then permissible.
In 1986 Barcelona City Council, invited the North American architect Richard Meier to take charge of the project for the new museum. The City Council's Department of Culture commissioned the art critics Francesc Miralles and Rosa Queralt to draw up a report which would serve to define the philosophy of the future museum. In 1987 the MACBA Foundation brought private enterprise into the project. The MACBA was officially inaugurated on the 28th of November of 1995.
Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA)Pl. dels Angels, 1. , 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Area: El Raval
Opening hours: From 25 September - 26 June: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 11am - 7.30pm; Tuesday (not holidays) closed; Saturday: 10am - 8pm; Sundays & holidays: 10am - 3pm; 25th Desember and 1st January closed.
Prices: General: 7,5 euros (check for reductions)
Phone: +34 93 412 08 10
Phone 2 : Fax +34 93 412 46 02
Metro/Bus: Catalunya Pl. Universitat