MACBA Museum: an Ode to Contemporary Art in Barcelona

The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) is one of those indispensable places, especially if you’re interested in contemporary art and culture. The collection offers a journey from 1929 to the present through works of Catalan artists, although international creators are also well represented. More than 6,000 pieces will keep any visitor interested in the exhibit. The MACBA is located only 20 min away by walk from our central guesthouse in Barcelona.

What to see at MACBA

Since it opened its doors in 1995, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art has been established as a touchstone in the scene. The visit begins with a few key works from the 20’s, continuing through a chronological journey that makes an important stop in 1968. That year, contemporary art was radically transformed, and the museum bears witness to that.

There’s a place in the collection not just for Catalan artists, but also the European vanguard and pop movements, as well as visual art from the Middle East and Latin America.

The more than 6,000 pieces that make up the MACBA collection are distributed through various rooms for a more comfortable, organized visit. The exhibit is also placed in a concrete political and social context for increased understanding.

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Among the paintings, photographs, drawings, and graphic arts, there are a few key works. There’s a good reason you’ve heard of names like Joan Miró, Miquel Barceló, and Antoni Tàpies. For example, La Réserve des Suisses Morts, by Christian Boltanski, an impressive work composed from more than 2,000 metal boxes with photographs of deceased people. Another standout is The Nature of Visual Illusion, by Juan Muñoz, an installation on a grand scale.

Plan your visit to the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

The museum is open every day of the week except for Tuesday. The hours are 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Sundays and holidays it is only open in the mornings, until 3:00 PM.

It’s located on the Plaça dels Àngels nº1, just steps away from the iconic Mercado de la Boquería. Entry costs 11 €, though it’s a good idea to check the website for sales or promotions. We also recommend buying your ticket online.

MACBA also has a series of seasonal exhibits and regular organized activities. They have a book shop, gift shop, and a cafeteria, so leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy it all!
Enjoy your stay at Hotel Casa Vaganto in Barcelona!

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