Famed American arquitect Richard Meier was invited to design the building for the MACBA in 1986, when the foundation for this art institution was created. It was tricky business, as the museum had no collection ready at the time of construction. Since then, MACBA has become a huge landmark at the Raval neighborhood and a favorite place for skaters in Barcelona.
Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art
MACBA, that stands for Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, is located in the Plaça del Àngels in El Raval, one of the oldest and most historical neighborhoods in Barcelona. Meier continues his trademark of pristine white structures, making a big contrast against the old buildings surronding the square, whose renovation was also part of the project.
In a short amount of time it has become a symbol of the neighborhood, whose square is now a popular meeting place for young people and along the Barcelona Forum, one of the most popular places in the city for skating. The proximity of the Museum with the CCCB (Barcelona Contemporary Culture Center) has made the square the most culturally enriched area of the Raval.
The Museum’s permanent collection displays only 20th century works and onwards, in harmony with the Museum’s mission of transmitting contemporary art through a series of exhibitions, conferences and audiovisual activities.
The Convent dels Àngels (Angels Convent), situated opposite the Museum’s main facade, offers a different exhibition space called “The MACBA Chapel”. The Chapel often displays audiovisual art installations.
Don’t forget to explore the cafés and bars surrounding the square before or after your visit. The Plaça dels Àngels is quite lovely at night when the Museum lights are turned on and the skaters are in full swing.
If you’re a museum fan and want to save money, you might be interested in getting the Barcelona Card, where free access to the MACBA is included, as well as the Barcelona Museum Pass, that allows you to visit important museums (including MACBA) for a 30€ price. The other five museums included are: Picasso Museum, Joan Miró Foundation, Antoni Tàpies Foundation, MNAC and CCCB.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: from 11:00 to 19:30 hours
Tuesdays (non holiday): closed
Saturday: from 10:00 to 21:00 hours
Sunday and holidays: from 10:00 to 15:00 hours
How to get to MACBA Museum:
Metro: Line 1, Catalunya and Universitat Station. Line 3, Liceu Station
FGC Railway: All lines, Pl. Catalunya Station
MACBA Address: Plaça dels Àngels 1, 08001
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