The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona), abbreviated as MACBA, is one of the most famous museums in Barcelona. It is the modern part of Barcelona Art Museum. It is situated in a huge and attractive building with three floors. The museum houses different expositions and works of modern artists from the second half of the 20th century and from the 21st century.
The Building of the Museum
The MACBA is situated on Placa dels Angels in El Raval neighborhood and it’s construction was finished in 1995. The colourful building of the museum from outside is the main attraction of the museum, and actually for the majority of the tourists, the exhibitions are not the most interesting and significant ones (unless you have a particular interest in the subject).
The design of the building is interesting and unique, and combines both rectilinear and curved components. The ceiling of the main corridor is built from semi-transparent glass brick, a special element that allows one to see the shoes of visitors who are walking in it’s upper floor.
What do you see in MACBA?
In MACBA tourists can admire a permanent and different temporary exhibitions. The permanent one displays approximately 5,000 works from different modern, mainly Catalan and Spanish, artists. There are organized a lot of temporary expositions too about works of contemporary artists from all over the world.
The Museum’s Square
The building of MACBA, which is also referred to as “The White Elephant” (since it is huge and white, it is very similar to a white elephant), is situated on Placa dels Angels. This square serves as a meeting point for people who are keen on different urban sports such as basketball, skateboarding, cycling and rollerblading. Since these sports are very widespread in Barcelona, the square is usually full of people jumping on their skateboard or bicycle.