By Mariana Hristova
Surrounded by skaters and Keith Haring’s graffiti mural, MACBA has been Barcelona’s reference par excellence for contemporary art and culture since its opening in 1995. The collection consist of some 5,000 local and international artworks created from the ‘50s to present, including avant-garde pieces from the ‘60s and ‘70s, minimalist sculptures from the ‘80s as well as installations and media art.
The museum does not show a permanent exhibition but rather rotates its display through temporary exhibitions, providing a fresh look at its works depending on the context in which they are viewed. In addition to the main building, designed by American architect Richard Meier, the museum extends to the medieval Convent dels Àngels on the same square, which serves as an archival center and space for guest exhibitions.
MACBA also runs the non-profit Ràdio Web MACBA with exhibition commentary, sound art, experimental music, etc. (General entry is €11, although free on Saturdays from 4pm to 8pm)