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  • Set your imagination free at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) as you explore both the temporary and permanent collections.
  • Known for being the heart of Barcelona's contemporary art scene, the museum boasts of a permanent collection that includes 3,000 works from the mid-20th century onward.
  • Find here thought-provoking and stunning pieces from the 1940s till the 1960s, 1960s till the 1970s, and contemporary periods.
  • Check out the current exhibition, A Short Century, which features a chronological display of the MACBA Collection from 1929 to the present day.
  • You will get to follow a story told from the perspective of Barcelona and its immediate context.
  • Find in this exhibition works that depict the transformation of Barcelona in the 1930s and its commitment to modernity, to the involvement of art in the Spanish Civil War.
  • You will also get to admire the first attempts to rekindle the spirit of culture in the post-war years, and an expression of feminist and hippie movements through artistic expression in pop, psychedelia, and acid pop.
  • One of the current temporary exhibits is Fina Miralles: I Am All the Selves that I Have Been by one of the foremost Spanish artists of the 1970s: Fina Miralles.
  • Her art makes you think about the relationship between art and nature, the body and society, the restrictive rules imposed by codes of conduct, and the need for freedom.
  • Another temporary exhibit is Art stories from Barcelona, a series of open videos in which various artists, theorists, and activists offer their reading of a specific episode in the history of art - all while placing them in the Barcelona of the last century.
  • Plague is temporary exhibition that ties into the concept of plague and the forms of categorization of what exists.
  • Children aged 0-13yrs can enter for free. Seniors aged 65+yrs enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).
  • Cannot be canceled, amended, or rescheduled.

MACBA Barcelona

Explore the beautiful collection of contemporary artworks from the mid-20th century at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA). MACBA Barcelona was opened to the public on November 28, 1995, and has over 5,000 works displayed in its collection. Several Spanish and International artists’ works can be found here including Keith Haring, Basquiat, and so on.

COVID-19 Safety Measures at MACBA Barcelona

  • Face masks are mandatory for everyone inside the museum.
  • Hand sanitizing gels are available throughout MACBA Museum Barcelona for use by visitors and staff.
  • Regular temperature checks are carried out for staff.
  • Visitors are advised to book their tickets online and perform contactless payments for add-ons and gratuities.
  • Guides are required to wash their hands regularly.
  • Everyone must maintain a safe distance to enforce social distancing protocol.
  • All the high-traffic areas at MACBA are sanitized regularly.
  • Each gear/equipment at the museum is sanitized after every use.

Why Visit MACBA Barcelona?

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  • The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, aka MACBA, is a museum that focuses on contemporary art and was declared a cultural heritage site by the Government of Catalonia.
  • Built between 1991 and 1995, the museum has an area of 153,923 square feet that features large white-painted spaces where the exhibitions are held.
  • The collection here features over 5,000 artworks created from the 1950s to the present day. This includes abstract art from the mid-20th century, artworks from the 1980s, and the contemporary art of the 2000s too.
  • MACBA’s collection features works of many renowned artists such as Keith Haring, Vito Acconci, Andy Warhol, Anish Kapoor, Antoni Tapies, Donald Judd, and more.
  • There are several seminars, guided tours, video screenings, workshops, etc. held at the museum to educate the public about the contemporary art form.

Rooms at MACBA Barcelona

Room 1

In Room 1 of MACBA Barcelona, you will find art forms from the first few decades of the 20th century. The artists experimented with materials and different forms during this time and everyone valued originality a lot. The main trend that can be seen during this time is the creation of utopian and universal artistic languages with the help of an analytical approach.

Room 2

If you wish to see the works from the time of the Spanish Civil War, then check out room 2 at MACBA. Here, you can see the works of artists and filmmakers where they put forth their political ideologies through aesthetical means. Currently, Pere Portabella’s Aidez l’Espagne is on display in this exhibition room.

Room 3 & 4

These exhibition rooms display the works generated after the end of the Second World War and the Spanish Civil War. Artists used abstract geometry and concrete art in their works to understand the nature of humanity after so much war and violence. There are several works displayed in this exhibition room at MACBA including Joan Miro’s Oiseau, Femme, Tete, etc.

Room 5

This exhibition room displays pop art and psychedelia that emerged after the counterculture revolution of the 1960s. Fluttering Hearts by Marcel Duchamp, Atomic Kiss by Joan Rabascall, Instant City by Roberto Mardones, etc. are a few highlights of this exhibition. 

Room 6

In this room, visitors can examine the art from the sixties and seventies when Minimalism was prominent among the artists. Check out artworks such as Condensation Cube by Hans Haacke, Mass Media by Joan Rabascall, The Beatles by Richard Hamilton, and more in this MACBA exhibition room.

Room 7 & 8

During the late sixties and seventies, the era of radical feminism and feminist activism emerged. So, these exhibition rooms focus on the artworks by women artists who used the objectification of women in their art and mass media to convey the message.

Room 9

Check out the works from the eighties when artists focused their art in the streets or beyond the studios. Graffitis, comics, posters, etc. were popular artworks of this time. Also, the pop culture and celebrity cult resulted in the creation of new art forms such as music video, MTV, fanzines, and more.

Famous Artists at MACBA

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Ignassi Aballi

Ignassi Aballi is a famous Spanish artist whose known for his work since the eighties. In his early works, one can see minimal activity and minuscule modifications. Later, he focused on creating fiction as work and locating his work. His work has been shown at several museums such as the Ikon Gallery, Drawing Center, ZKM, and more. At MACBA, you can find around 9 of his works including Gran Error, Vitrines CMYK, Pols, Enderroc, and so on.

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Jean Michel Basquiat

One of the most popular representative artists of the second half of the 20th century, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s works can also be found at MACBA. He is famous for creating graffiti in New York City in the seventies along with Al Diaz. Over the years, he has painted large canvasses, postcards, doors, windows, clothes, and more. A few of his famous works that you can find at MACBA Barcelona are Sterno, King Zulu, and 1986 Self-Portrait.

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Marcel Broodthaers

Another major artist of the 20th century, Marcel Broodthaers has published several poems, worked as a journalist, made a film, and so much more. He even produced an extensive collection of film, graphics, and text using visual objects such as photographs, objects, and collages. Several of his works can be found at MACBA including a few famous ones such as Figures of Wax (Jeremy Bentham), Atlas, Garniture Symbolique, and so on.

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Gego

Gego is a Jewish artist who was forced to leave Germany in 1939 and lived in Venezuela ever since. She started creating art by 1953 after encouragement by her painter companion, Gerd Leufert. Gego has traveled extensively in the United States and Europe and lived for two years in New York. During this time, her work was collected by the Public Library of New York, and MoMA. Currently, MACBA holds several of her works including Tejedura 91/31, Tejedura 91/37, Tejedura 90/34, etc.

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Eduardo Chillida

Eduardo Chillida pursued drawing and sculpture in 1947 and while his earlier works used stone, he incorporated iron later on in his work too. His work focuses on three main ideas: space, the limit, and the void. He became internationally recognized after his first major exhibition at Galerie Maeght in Paris in 1956. At MACBA Museum Barcelona, you can admire several of his works such as Iru Burni, Down-Town, Barcelona, Mural G-333, and more.

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Dora Garcia

A unique artist, Dona Garcia’s work depends on audience participation. The audience is asked to take a side on an ethical issue, analyze the questions, and then reflect on it as they view the artworks in the exhibitions. MACBA Museum currently displays three of his famous artworks – El Reino, The Joycean Society, and Exhausted Books.

MACBA Exhibitions

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In Real Time. Rafael Tous Collection of Conceptual Art

Rafael Tous Collection of Conceptual Art was donated to MACBA a year ago. Built by Rafael Tous, this collection includes conceptual art made using diverse practices by a group of artists. It shows how a generation chose to participate in exhibitions held in cultural spaces instead of the more conventional art venues. Through this exhibition, you discover the experimental practices of the 1970s and 1980s in Catalonia including socio-political critique, action art, interaction with nature, and much more.

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Notes for an Eye Fire

The first exhibition in a new series of projects called Panorama, Notes for an Eye Fire primarily focuses on the artistic and aesthetic practices in and around Barcelona. It is a collection of specially commissioned works including painting, video installation, photography, sculpture, works on paper, and more. These works showcase concerns and leitmotifs risen out of studio visits and communication with the art community which includes the city’s self-image, gender dissidence, ideas of belonging and reparation, relationship with nonhuman life, and so on.

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Repair Manuals and Cosmic Sounds

This is an expanded exhibition that uses graphics, texts, and audio publications to address the climate crisis and how to manage the resources. In this exhibition, you see cassettes, vinyls, posters, essays, sound experiences, and more that will lead you to think about ways to exist on this planet by forming an ecofeminist and ecosocial alliance.

Activities at MACBA Barcelona

  • Open rehearsals Ocells perduts - Ocells Perduts is Laia Estruch's attempt to transform her voice to mimic airborne mobility by imitating the songs and calls of migratory birds such as cuckoo, turtle dove, etc. that nest in Barcelona. A huge net is suspended in the air for the artist to rehearse. The pre-recorded vocalizations and wind sock sculpture form a performance score. Visitors can watch these rehearsals for free on November 20 and December 18, 2021, and January 29 and February 26, 2022.
  • What a book can do #17. Radial Radiant - Founded by Erica Volpini and Silvia Renda, Radical Radiant is a hybrid and transdisciplinary artistic collective. It focuses on the Artist Book device, paying main attention to researching and creating books in the artistic process. Learn about the different practices and notes on what goes behind a book publication. This event is held on December 17, 2021 and can be attended both in the museum and online.
  • Behave - This Christmas workshop will take you through a journey of transformation of your body and image to find out what is your true potential. Discover what body and shape can you achieve by practicing performances and exploring the possibilities within the museum. You can attend this Christmas workshop on December 27, 29, 30, and 31, 2021 and January 3, 5, and 7, 2022.
  • Exoteric Department - This project focuses on sharing ideas, knowledge, and experiences about learning contemporary art with an educational approach. It is led by Yolanda Jolis and Jordi Ferreiro between October 21 and June 2022 for two afternoons every month.

Interesting Facts About MACBA Barcelona

  • The history of MACBA dates back to 1959 when art critic Alexandre Cirici Pellicer formed a group of contemporary artists. The work was shown in a series of 23 exhibitions to start a collection for a new contemporary art museum in Barcelona.
  • In 1985, the then Culture Councillor of the Government of Catalonia presented the idea of a contemporary art museum with other representatives of Barcelona City Council’s Department of Culture
  • In 1986, the Barcelona City Council reached out to the American architect Richard Meier & Partners to design the museum.
  • The MACBA Foundation was created in 1987.
  • The museum opened to the public on November 28, 1995 with around 1,100 works in the collection. 
  • In December 2007, the museum opened its Study Center, the Library Reading Room and Special Collections Room to provide free access to visitors to the museum’s books, publications collection, etc.
  • Philippe Méaille loaned 800 works of the radical conceptualists artists group Art & Language in 2004.
  • In 2014, the museum acquired an additional venue. This consists of a converted 15th-century chapel, two large halls, and the central Plaça dels Angels square.

Plan Your Visit to MACBA Barcelona

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Monday to Friday: 11 AM – 7:30 PM

Saturdays: 10 AM – 8 PM. Sundays: 10 AM – 3 PM

The museum is closed on Tuesdays except for public holidays, December 25 and January 1. The museum closes at 6 PM on December 24 and 31.

Duration: It can take you around 1 – 1.5 hours to explore the MACBA Museum.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit MACBA Barcelona is on weekdays in the morning. If you wish to enjoy free access, then plan a visit on Saturday after 4 PM.

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Address - Plaça dels Àngels, 1, 08001 Barcelona. Find on Map

  • By Bicycle – Visitors can reach MACBA using a bicycle. There is a bicycle station 59 and a bicycle parking area available at the museum.
  • By Metro – You can take Line L1 and get down at Catalunya or Universitat, line L2 to get down at Universitat, or line L3 to get down at Catalunya or Liceu.
  • By Bus – Taken 7, 22, 24, 47, 52, 54, 55, 59, 62, 63, 67, 120, V13, V15, H12, H16, D50, L94, L95, Aerobús and Bus Turístic to reach MACBA Museum Barcelona.
  • By Train – The closest station to MACBA is Placa de Catalunya. You can take FGC or RENFE train lines to get down at this station. It is an 8-minute walk to the museum from the station.
  • By Car – One can also drive to MACBA Barcelona. There is parking space available in Placa dels Angels.
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  • Cloakroom – Visitors can use lockers that can be activated with €1 coin to store their luggage. However, no scooter or bicycle is allowed inside. 
  • Lift and Ramps – Visitors can use the ramps to reach the upper floors. Those with mobility issues, pushchairs, baby carriages, etc. can use the lifts by reaching out to the customer service. MACBA offers wheelchairs, monocles, hearing loops, magnifying glasses, etc. for visitors with a disability
  • Rest Area – If you need to rest for a while during the museum tour, there are dedicated spaces with seating available on each level. 
  • Restrooms – There are restrooms available inside the museum. Also, there are accessible restrooms on levels 0 and 1.
  • Baby Changing Tables – You can find this in accessible restrooms on levels 0 and 1.
  • Wi-Fi – MACBA offers free Wi-Fi access throughout the museum. Get the password at the reception or from your entrance tickets. 
  • App – Visitors can install the free app for audio descriptions of artworks in permanent and temporary exhibitions. 

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Tosca del Carme – If you crave Spanish cuisine, then check out Tosca del Carme. This is a stylish Spanish restaurant where you can get all the local delicacies such as tapas along with cocktails and craft beers.

RAO Restaurant – RAO Restaurant offers a rustic, brick-walled ambiance and serves the most delicious gourmet tapas and platillos.

Flax&Kale – For a healthy meal, Flax&Kale is a good choice. Here, you have a wide range of options in salads and gluten-free desserts that you can enjoy on the roof terrace.

Teresa Carles - Another great place to try Spanish dishes such as Gazpacho, Tacos, Cannelloni, etc., Teresa Carles has an amazing collection of vegetarian and vegan choices for the visitors.

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  • Placa de Catalunya - Placa De Catalunya is a city square filled with sculptures and lined with trees. Here, you will find many shops and cafes to explore around on your visit. 
  • Casa Mila - Casa Mila is a Catalan art nouveau period building designed by Antoni Gaudi. Take a tour of this UNESCO Heritage Site and marvel at its stunning architecture. 
  • La Sagrada Familia - Another creation of Gaudi, La Sagrada Familia is an unfinished church in Barcelona that houses a museum and offers amazing city views to the visitors.
  • Casa Vicens - Casa Vicens is the first major work of Gaudi. This 4-floor house is a modernist building with Moorish influences and one of the best works of Gaudi. 

Visitor Tips

  • Buy MACBA Museum tickets online and in advance to get your desired time slot for the visit.
  • Download the MACBA app to gain access to all the audioguides and information on the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.
  • Visitors can take photographs for personal use but for commercial or professional use, prior permission is needed.
  • You can get lockers that can be activated with a €1 coin to store your belongings.
  • Carry a pair of standard earphones or headsets to listen to the audiovisual works at the museum. Alternatively, you can purchase them at the museum reception.
  • Guests can visit MACBA Museum as many times as they want for a month from the date the tickets were purchased or when it was first accessed.
  • Visitors can visit MACBA Museum Barcelona for free on Saturdays after 4 PM. Free access is also available on open days including February 12 and 13, April 17 and 18, May 15 and 18, and September 24.

All Your Questions About MACBA Answered

Q. What is MACBA Barcelona?

A. MACBA Barcelona, aka Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, is a contemporary art museum located in Placa dels Angels, Barcelona, Catalonia. 

Q. Where can I buy tickets to MACBA?

A. Visitors can buy tickets online to enter MACBA Museum Barcelona. Purchase the tickets in advance to get your desired date and time slot.

Q. What can I see inside MACBA?

A. Visitors can see a collection of over 5,000 works inside MACBA. There are both permanent and temporary exhibitions available that display works from not only Spanish artists but from artists all over the world.

Q. What are the opening hours of MACBA?

A. MACBA Museum Barcelona is open from 11 AM to 7:30 PM every Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, it is open from 10 AM to 8 PM while on Sundays, it is open from 10 AM to 3 PM. The opening hours of MACBA also vary on a few public holidays.

Q. Where is MACBA?

A. MACBA is located at Plaça dels Àngels, 1, Barcelona in Spain.

Q. When was MACBA built?

A. MACBA Barcelona was opened to the public on 28 November 1995.

Q. Who built MACBA?

A. Richard Meier, a famous American architect, designed MACBA in 1995.

Q. Are there restaurants inside MACBA?

A. Yes, there is MACBA Bar where you can enjoy Mediterranean dishes along with an informal cuisine. It is open to both museum visitors and anyone passing by and can be accessed from Placa dels Angeles.

Q. How can I reach MACBA?

A. There are several ways to reach MACBA. You can reach the museum using bus, train, metro, car, and bicycle. There is car parking and bicycle racks available near the museum.

Q. What are the facilities at MACBA?

A. MACBA Barcelona offers several facilities to its visitors. There are paid cloakrooms, lifts, and ramps, rest areas with folding chairs, baby changing areas, Wi-Fi, and more services available at the museum.

Q. Is MACBA safe to visit?

A. Yes, MACBA is safe to visit. There are several measures in place to ensure the safety of the guests such as mandatory face masks, maintaining a safe distance, hand sanitizer gels placed throughout the venue, and so on. Visitors are also recommended to buy the museum tickets online and make payments using credit cards or online methods rather than cash.