MACBA opened its doors on November 28th 1995. This was a little behind schedule as the plan was to be up and running for the 1992 Olympic Games. American architect Richard Meier was tasked with designing the building. It proved to be a tricky assignment as he had little idea what art work would be installed in the galleries. One of his main goals was to place the building in the heart of one of Barcelona's oldest districts, El Raval.
At a cost of about €35 million, a magnificant white block appeared among the narrow streets. Paying homage to the city's Modernism links, the Southern elevation is almost totally glass. Inside you have a wonderful view of the historic Placa dels Angels and the convent. The natural light pouring in from the outside, lights the galleries within.
MACBA has about 5000 works in its collection. The permenant exhibition covers three periods, 40s to 60s, 60s through to the 70s and contemporary. As you might imagine there is a heavy focus on post-war Catalan and Spanish art. International artists do feature, but much more in the wide ranging temporary exhibitions hosted by the museum.
Literally just up the road is the CCCB, Barcelona's cultural centre. Always free, they often have exhibitions, shows or music going on all year. Definitely worth walking around the corner to see whats what.
The placa outside is a city hot-spot for skate and longboarders. It is a great place to sit with a coffee and watch the action. If you are a photography buff, the riders are pretty friendly and love the chance to show off their skills, so say hi and practice your action shots!
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tel: +34 93 481 33 68
General 10€ (valid 1 month)
Students and 65+ Reduced Rate - Ask
Children U14 FREE ENTRY
Mon / Wed / Fri
11:00 > 20:00
Thursday - 10:00 > 21:00
Saturday - 10:00 > 20:00
Sunday/Holidays - 10:00 > 15.00
Tuesday - CLOSED