Barcelona's own take on the Tate
Affectionately known by its 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 millennium 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 one of the city’s most popular hangouts for counter culture kids.