MACBAMy rating: 4.5 stars+ The MACBA exhibition hall (Museu d'art Contemporani de Barcelona) regularly shows a variety of exhibitions on contemporary artists. These can be very interesting…
- ... or not. It depends on the artist and your own personal preferences.
Last updated: 27 Feb 2020 | Celine Mülich
The details at a glance
Opening hours: 25 of September - 23 of June: Monday, Wednesday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 – 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Closed on Tuesdays 24 of June - 24 of September:Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Friday 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Closed on Tuesdays
Price of admission: €11 (for all exhibitions) reduced price €8.80 (for all exhibitions; students, groups with 15 peoples and more) free admission for children under the age of 14, senior citizens over the age of 65, unemployed) Ticket valid for 1 month
How to get there: L1 (red line) and L2 (purple line): Universitat or L3 (green line): Placa Catalunya
And what’s there to see?
The MACBA – the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona – is a museum that promotes modern art. Their exhibitions, which are changed at regular intervals, are geared towards critical debates about art and culture.
Current exhibition: Jaume Plensa until April 22nd, 2019 Aids Anarchive until April 18th, 2019 In the open or in stealth March 17th, 2019 Enthusiasm. Challenge und persistence in the MACBA Collection until May 5th, 2019
Photogallery of MACBA
On the museum’s history
MACBA’s story actually begins before its founding, as early as 1959. The art critic Alexandre Circi Pellicer had the idea of opening a modern museum, and started a collection with Cesáreo Rodríguez-Aguilera. They became well-known for their exhibitions of a variety of Catalan artists, but in 1963, after hosting a politically motivated exhibition of L’art i la pau, they were forced to close.
In 1985, the Catalan government’s head of the cultural department, Joan Rigol, revived the idea, and in 1988, the MACBA consortium was founded. Nowadays, for instance, the Catalan government, the Barcelona City Council, and Spain’s Minister of Culture are all members of this council.
In November of 1995, MACBA finally opened its doors in a new building, designed by the North American architect Richard Meier, in the Raval district. Ever since, MACBA has been supporting modern art, giving Barcelona the image of an innovative city.
The impressive collection covers the most important artistic styles of our time, and it has a great reputation internationally as a result.