MACBA mia! Certainly, the city of Barcelona is considered to be one of the best European capitals for contemporary art. Even if you are not looking for anything in particular, you can always find out works of famous street artists and performers on the streets, for instance. But also, there is one place impossible to avoid if you are further looking for the concentration of modern culture in Barcelona. Of course, this place is the museum of contemporary art MACBA.
MACBA was founded in 1995 opening the doors for the visitors in the heart of Barcelona’s old centre. The building of the museum is totally new, designed by a North American architect Richard Meier. Now MACBA is rightly considered to be the concentration of works and exhibitions of world known artists. Moreover, this museum aims to incorporate art innovations and involve society in the exciting process of creating contemporary culture.
The main MACBA building
First, the American architect Richard Meier designed this museum. In the same vein, the design by this architect tends to unite the contemporary art exhibited inside, with the historical forms of the surrounding buildings. Also, the entrance to the MACBA gives access to a reception hall: a circular space marked by a strong verticality; from which, by means of access ramps and a distribution to the exhibition rooms. Indeed, the use of white is further complemented by the use of large glass walls and reflective materials, and makes it a building of particular luminosity. The construction went from 1987 to 1995, and finally the MACBA opened its doors on November 28, 1995.
The skate park
Plaça dels Àngels, a square where the MACBA is situated in, is also a famous spot for skaters. A wide space of the plaza and its smooth surface attracts fans of skateboarding from all over the world. Apart of riders you can meet there a plenty of young people sitting around and drinking sodas.
Address: Plaça dels Àngels, 1, 08001, Barcelona
- Summer hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00 to 19:30; Saturday from 10:00 to 21:00; Sunday and holidays from 10:00 to 15:00
- Winter hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00 to 19:30; Saturday from 10:00 to 21:00; Sunday and holidays from 10:00 to 15:00
Moreover, they offer many activities such as excursions with the guided tours, open seminaries, conferences, and workshops both for kids and adults. Thanks to the MACBA Study Centre you can also enjoy a free access to the museum’s books, publications, and archives. Here is the introduction of exhibitions and performances, holding now in the Museum:
Cinema and video
From 16 May to 24 May
From 16 May to 17 July
From 08 Mar. 2013to 24 June
Moreover, you will be surprise to know that MACBA organizes free daily excursions with the guide; they will tell you everything about the expositions. For more information, hours and languages please check this page.
In the same vein, every year MACBA takes part in a The Night of Museums. In addition, you can enjoy visiting it for free in some late evenings! Read about other events in the post of Barcelona-Home Blog. Additionally, the discount for visiting MACBA is a very affordable option, if you are looking to visit many places of interest in a short amount of time.
- ENTRY TICKET: 11 €
The admission ticket is valid for one month. It allows unlimited multiple entries to all current exhibitions for one month from the date of purchase. The admission ticket is valid for one month.
- REDUCED ADMISSION PRICE*: 8 € Students, journalists, teachers.
- FREE ADMISSION*: Friends of MACBA, children under 14, tarjeta rosa.
- CARNET AMIC PASSI (PASS): 15 € Unlimited entry to MACBA for one year.
- ARTICKET: 30 € 1 ticket / 6 museums – Access to Museu Nacional, Fundació Joan Miró, Museu Picasso, MACBA, CCCB, Fundació Antoni Tàpies