Museu d'Art Contemporani - MACBA, Barcelona

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    Ultra-contemporary

    by mikey_e Updated Jan 14, 2009
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    The MACBA is an ultra-modern modern art museum. Actually, I think it just feels ultra modern because it is like a garish blotch of novelty in the middle of what would otherwise be a beautiful old neighbourhood. It was opened in 1995 and is a work of Meier, a North American architect. The idea of a new museum in a rather depressed, working-class area of the city had long been toyed with by some of the city councilors, and once things started to pick up after the Olympics in terms of tourism, the idea really took off. The MACBA is a truly modern museum – there is no mixing of various stages of 20th century art here, its all contemporary pieces, some of which might not please the uninitiated. The area outside the MACBA is a popular hangout for skateboarders, especially at night, and the surrounding streets have experienced the utmost of gentrification – faux-dive bars that cater to the artsy crowds of locals and tourists, which gradually blend into the solidly immigrant areas of the Raval.

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    Not even Öyvind was missing!

    by kanjon Updated Mar 12, 2008

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    MACBA, Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona proved as good as it started. At the entrance a big sculpture/mobile by one of the more famous Swedish artists Öyvind Fahlström, served as a beautifully wierd (wierd is good), colourful, welcoming committée.

    It continued as good, or better, floor after floor of this Richard Meier building, flooding with natural light and good art. Get swept away by, for example, works by Spanish artist Juan Muñoz (1953-2001), see image.

    Don´t forget the museum-shop! They are always the best for buying gifts no-one knew existed, be it dolls, books or works of art.

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    by hevbell Updated Jun 18, 2006

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    The Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona is situated in a huge white and glass building designed by Richard Meiers and opened in 1995. Its in El Raval, not too far from Las Ramblas and in an area that has seen a lot of regeneration in recent years.

    The building is big and airy and has nice views from the top floor as well as showing off the various art exhibits well. There is a permanent collection but most of what I saw was part of a temporary exhibit of the Herbert Collection. As always with these modern/contemporary art galleries, there was some stuff I really liked and some i was like "what?! I don't get it" but that is half the fun! If you like this kind of art then the gallery is well worth a visit

    If you can, visit on a Wednesday, like me, when entry is half price!

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  • Amazing Modern Art Museum

    by Jetgirly Updated Dec 19, 2005

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    The MACBA Facade

    The MACBA is located just off the Ramblas in a building designed by Richard Meier. It houses three floors of galleries including permanent and temporary exhibits. Access to the different floors is via long, sloped walkways against the glass wall at the front of the museum. I went to the MACBA on a Wednesday and was very pleased to find that admission was only EUR 3.

    There are lots of interesting things to see in the permanent collection (which rotates), and lots of great walk-through and interactive installations. I wish I had spent about six or seven hours at this museum instead of three! Your ticket also includes admission to the connected museum across the front square, which features a variety of film installations in many languages. The front of the building is great for skateboarding, and the security guards are very lenient as long as boarders respect pedestrians (which they do).

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    Contemporary Art is not my bag, baby...

    by jmhenry1123 Written Mar 15, 2005

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    I just don't understand contemporary art. At least the installations that I saw in the museum did not grab my attention in anyway. The only really fun room was the one with the beach balls and sand.

    In my humble opinion, I think there were too many audio-visual produced in mom's basement displays that just turn me off to the whole absorbing the artistry in it.

    But do not let my opinion distract you if you appreciate this type of art. Beauty in the eye of the beholder.

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    MACBA Modern Art Gallery, very white!!

    by aaaarrgh Written Feb 8, 2005

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    The Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona is a fairly recent addition to the city. Barcelona has been busy redesigning its city since the 1992 Olympics! The gallery was designed by American architect Richard Meier, who likes all his buildings to be white!! MACBA contrasts strongly with the surrounding buildings, apartments and washing lines. It opened in 1995.

    Like many new public spaces, the front of MACBA seems to attract skateboarders. Fun entertainment for onlookers :-)

    The building has a massive glass-fronted interior. There is a very long ramp that winds up beside the front window to the first floor galleries. Most people take the stairs but I recommend you walk up the ramp instead.

    The good thing about the galleries is that they are laid out very simply. You are never going to get lost here. I liked the large white doors to the first floor gallery, like big hinged sections of wall.

    The museum has a permanent collection of art and they also have a changing programme of temporary exhibitions. Check the website menu for details of what is on now. It is quite an 'arty' place in my view - they like to show the more obscure artists, rather than the 'big' names.

    Go to the Joan Miro or Picasso Museums if you want to see famous stuff :-)

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    very artistic

    by bread122 Written Jul 3, 2004

    actually, im not an artistic person. i went there because my friend is!! so... !! they only open 2 floors when i went there. so, i paid EUR 5.50 per person. it suppose to be EUR 7 for all floors.

    it is a very modern buliding from outside to inside and very clean because they use white as a main colour. the interior corridors looks good. i think the most impressive item is "A Sudden Awakening" which is a bed hang on the wall with number 1,2,3.

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    Catch an exhibition !

    by Bendokan Written Nov 19, 2003

    Well, I bet many people have described this before but it is really worth a visit and it is one of the cheapest museums you can visit...
    If you want to see 2 exhibitions you pay 5.50 and for one it's 4 Euro.
    Don't worry about time to see it all... if you have you ticket you can come back the next day to see the second exhibition you paid for...
    Really worth a visit. The building is wonderful as well.

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    Museu D'art Contemporani de...

    by coeur.chaud Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Museu D'art Contemporani de Barcelona
    A contemporary building smack in the middle of the old city. The contrast jarring but amusing.

    Fine contemporary artist exhibits.

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    Beside the MACBA there is the...

    by JaumeBCN Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Beside the MACBA there is the Barcelona Contemporary Culture Centre (CCCB). Opened in 1994, the CCCB is a centre devoted to the concept of city. Interesting exhibitions and events take place here.

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    The Barcelona Contemporary Art...

    by JaumeBCN Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA) is located in the Raval district very near to La Rambla. Richard Meier built the museum, which was opened in 1995.

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