MACBA (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Barcelona) – Review

The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art is located in El Raval neighborhood. Apart from its incredible exhibition, focused on the second half of 20th Century painting, the white building where the museum is placed is absolutely huge and extraordinary. It was designed by Richard Meier, an American abstract architect who has won different architecture awards. The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona contains works by Catalan, Spanish and international artists. The exhibition has more than 5.000 pieces of contemporary art, highlighting works of European pop, the vanguards of the 50s & 60s and minimalist sculpture of the 80s. This museum, located in the heart of El Raval, near the Picasson museum and the Barceloneta beach, is a must for art and architecture lovers! The Museu d´Art Contemporani is one of Spain´s most important museums dedicated to modern art. It shares with the Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao an impressive architecture.

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MACBA Museum de Arte Contemporáneo of Barcelona

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.

MACBA opening hours

Monday – 11: 00–19: 30

Tuesday – Closed

Wednesday 11: 00–19: 30

Thursday – 11: 00–19: 30

Friday – 11: 00–19: 30

Saturday – 10: 00–20: 00

Sunday – 10: 00–15: 00

Ticket Prices MACAB 

General admission is 11 euros (10€ if you purchase your tickets online). Children under 14 get in free. Admission is free every Saturday from 4pm to 8pm. On September 24, for the Mercè festivities, admission is also free.

Where is the MACBA

The museum is located in the heart of Barcelona’s downtown, right next to the famous Boquería Market and the Ramblas

Video Tour – MACBA

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Q How to get to the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Barcelona?

Underground: L1 and L2 (Universitat), and L3 (Liceu or Catalunya).
Buses: 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 24, 37, 41, 42, 50, 54, 55, 58, 59, 62, 63, 64, 66, 67, 68, 91, 120, 121, 141, H12, Aerobús.
Car: Parking at Plaça dels Àngels.
Train: Plaça Catalunya (Renfe).

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