Highlights of MACBA
The MACBA Collection consists of over 5,000 works that has been compiled since the 50s. The collection as such was officially created on June 19, 1997.
The collection begins with the material abstraction of the fifties of the twentieth century, incorporating works of European Pop Art and from the avant-garde movement of the 60s and 70s. It also features works that illustrate the return of photographic figuration and minimalist sculpture during the 80s.
The collection incorporates works by artists from around the world, paying special attention to artists from South America, the Middle East, and Eastern countries.
In 2007, the MACBA opened its Studies and Documentation Center. This new department develops a facet of collecting that is complementary to the traditional collection.
In 2010, the MACBA announced that Philippe Méaille had deposited its collection of 800 works by the Art & Language collective. The deposit helped the MACBA become the museum with the most works of this group in the world.
Then, in 2011, the “La Caixa” Foundation and the museum merged their collections of contemporary art. The resulting collection featured 5,500 works. That autumn the “Volume !” exhibition was presented in Barcelona with works by prominent artists such as Bruce Nauman, Cristina Iglesias, Antoni Muntadas, and Xavier Miserachs, among many others.