Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

MACBA: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona

The museum is located in the upper part of El Raval district, a neighborhood with notorious history. During the Middle Ages here behind the wall there were several monasteries, confiscated by the state in the 19th century. Factories and residential blocks for workers were built in their place. Raval became known as a neighborhood of the poor where one could find controversial and not always legal pleasures in brothels and cheap bars.

In the late 1980s the city authorities made a serious decision to change the situation and constructed the Museum of Contemporary Art instead of the former Casa de la Caritat hospice. The building that opened its door for public in November of 1995, was designed by the famous US architect Richard Meier. After that the square in front on the museum became a meeting place for skateboard aficionados and the adjacent streets saw openings of numerous art galleries, local designers’ stores and fashionable cafes, which contributed to Raval turning into an almost elite district.

The imposing snow white building of the museum with its 120 meter façade encloses a clean space of straight lines and natural lighting which add their tinge to the perception of sometimes radical artworks. Museum exhibits paintings, sculptures, collages, photographs, installations with video and audio effects ranging from the 1940s to the 2000s providing a closer look at the artistic development of that period. On display there are Catalan (Joan Brossa, Antoni Tapies and his cousin Modest Cuixart, Joan Miro), Spanish (Miquel Barcelo, Eduardo Chillida, Jorge Oteiza) artists as well as some of the world famous painters from other countries, such as Paul Klee, Brassai, Joseph Beuys, John Cage, Marcel Ducham and Jean-Michel Basquiat. There is no permanent display, so the collection is exhibited partly on the ground floor while the second and the third floors feature temporary exhibitions.

Address: Plaça dels Àngels, 1
Opening hours: Mon, Wed - Fri 11 am – 7.30 pm, Sat 10 am – 9 pm, Sun and holidays 10 am – 3 pm. Closed on Tuesdays except for holidays; one of the 6 city museums available for visit with a single ticket without waiting in lines (Barcelona Museum Pass).
How to reach: metro Catalunya, Liceu, Universitat
Coordinates: 41.383205, 2.166865