Barcelona Tour Highlights

MACBA
BARCELONA

Google Visitor Rating
4.3/5
Like it landed from outer space, MACBA sits amongst the narrow streets of the chaotic Raval district and sticks out like a glamorous thumb!
 
Upholding that fine public building tradition of completing late, the opening missed the Olympic Games by 3 years.
 
With contemporary art inside, an architect now mentioned in hushed terms and the ever lively plaça outside, MACBA is, well MACBA

MACBA
BARCELONA

Google Visitor Rating
4.3/5
Like it landed from outer space, MACBA sits amongst the narrow streets of the chaotic Raval district and sticks out like a glamorous thumb!
 
Upholding that fine public building tradition of completing late, the opening missed the Olympic Games by 3 years.
 
With contemporary art inside, an architect now mentioned in hushed terms and the ever lively plaça outside, MACBA is, well MACBA

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museum origins 

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.

juxtaposition

At a cost of about €35 million, a magnificent 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 Plaça dels Angels and the convent. The natural light pouring in from the outside, lights the galleries within.

post-war emphasis

MACBA has about 5000 works in its collection. The permanent 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.

top tip

The plaça outside is a city hot-spot for skate and long-boarders. 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!

MACBA Highlights

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