Affectionately known by it's acronym, MACBA, the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona has been a revelation since opening its doors in 1995. The stunning white concrete and glass construction, designed by American architect Richard Meier, immediately won the hearts of the locals, whilst its permanent collection of Spanish and Catalan art from the 1940s onwards filled a gap in the city's cultural portfolio. As well as mid-late 20th Century pieces, MACBA also hosts contemporary exhibitions by experimental and interdisciplinary artists of the new millenium from around the globe. Right next door to MACBA you'll find another culture giant in the form of the CCCB, whilst the area outside the museum, Placa dels Angels, has become a mecca for skateboarders, and also hosts daytime parties during the Sonar Festival. Closed on Tuesdays.
Somewhat random collection but there's some very interesting pieces in it. Plus the building itself is worth the visit!
reviewed by Alexandra from Austria on Jun.23.2013
Amazing exhibitions in an amazing building. One of my favorite spots in Barcelona
reviewed by Wesley from United States on Sep.29.2010
The best times I had at MACBA were during Sonar by Day. Whoop whoop! Beats and modern art any time
reviewed by Big D from United Kingdom on Sep.22.2010
I love the MACBA building but I must say I was disappointed with the contents - a lot of the exhibitions lacked the physical presence and visual interest you expect from contemporary art. Certainly I don't think you can compare MACBA favourably to the Tate. I can still just about recommend visiting thanks to the amazing interior. The bar is a pleasant find too.
reviewed by Rees from United Kingdom on Oct.01.2009