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MACBA: Barcelona Contemporary Contrasts Museum

Posted by: Hotel Curious at 2010-02-18

The Hotel Curious offered some time ago a route through the district of Ciutat Vella, our side of the Ramblas, and walked around MACBA. But we haven't said nothing about the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona yet and that's why today we dedicate this article.

The impressive building was built by Richard Meyer and is based on rationalism, combining straight lines with curves in a constant dialogue between the indoor and outdoor light, which penetrates the building through galleries and large windows.

The history of this magnificent museum of worldwide importance dates back to 1959 when the art critic Cirici Pellicer revealed the need of an art museum where to exhibit the contemporary art production in the city. While looking for a location for the site, along with Cesásero Rodriguez Aguilera, initiated a serie of exhibitions called "vint-i-tres en total" (twenty-three in total) with artists of the moment, until the exhibit "L'Art i la pau" (“Art and Peace”) on February 63, wich apparently overstepped the bounds of permissiveness in the Franco era, being the last exhibit of the program. Was in 1985 that the idea recovered by the Ministry of Culture, when Joan Rigol, along with officials from the area of culture and it's coordinator Pep Subirós, was ratified a Cultural Pact agreed by both parties that included the setting out of the museum in the old Casa de la Caritat, the current CCCB. The next year, the City Townhall proposed to american architect Richard Meyer to take charge of the projection of the new building.

In 1987 was constituted the Fundació Museu d'Art Contemporani (Contemporary Art Museum Foundation), Leopoldo Rodés introduced the private participation in the project. Along with government created the Consortium of the Museu d'Art Contemporani, whose objective was the creation and management of the museum. The public part will be responsible for providing the necessary resources for the routine running of the museum, while the private part would be responsible for generating the necessary financial resources to develop its own art collection. The MACBA building was officially opened on 28 November 1995. Since then its influence has grown into a worldwide artistic reference such as the Tate Gallery in London or the MOMA in New York. Nor is much smaller its city reputation as a place for skaters from around the world, who populate his square for 24 hours everyday.

Do not miss it!


Winter timetable (25/12 to 26/06)

From monday to friday 11h to 19.30h
Saturdays, 10h to 20h
Tuesdays, the 25th December and 1th January, closed
Horario de Verano (24/06 al 24/09):

Summer timetible (24/06 to 24/09)

From monday to friday 11h to 20h
Thursday and friday, special timetable until 24h
Saturday from 10h to 20h
Sunday and holidays, from 10h to 15h
Tuesdays, closed.


Price:

The whole museum entrance: 7,5€
Temporary exhibit: 6€

All the information about Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona

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