Barcelona Field Studies Centre

Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona (MACBA)

The Museum of Contemporary Art (Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, or MACBA), located in Barcelona's Raval district, gives space to different artistic trends that emerged in the second half of the twentieth century. In 1953, the writer and art critic Alexandre Cirici-Pellicer devised a space of this kind in this city, but it was not until 1995 when the museum opened with the collaboration of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Barcelona City Council.

The MACBA permanent collection contains around 5,000 works dating from the mid-20th century onward. There are three periods of modern art represented: the first one covers the forties to the sixties; the second spans the sixties and seventies; the third period is contemporary.

The American architect Richard Meier designed the museum, locating it in Barcelona’s oldest streets and buildings, thus helping to regenerate and ultimately rebrand a decaying and deprived inner city area.

Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday-Friday 11.00-19.30. Saturday 10.00-21.00. Sunday and public holidays: 10.00-15.00. Tuesdays closed (except for public holidays).