official name Contemporary Art Museum Barcelona, MACBA
organisation type city museum
founding date 1987
city, country Barcelona, Spain
address Plaça dels Àngels 1, 08001 Barcelona
website url

The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) opened to the public in 1995. Since then, it has forged an international reputation as a model in the field of contemporary art: the substantial growth of its collection now makes it possible to chart a path through the principal references of the art of our times, while the lines of work it has developed have positioned it as a key centre for research and reflection on artistic activity. As a public entity, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) assumes responsibility for disseminating contemporary art, offering a diverse range of visions, and generating critical debates on art and culture, while aspiring to reach increasingly diverse audiences. MACBA is an open institution where citizens can find a space of public representation, and also prioritises education and innovation in its field. In addition to its commitment to heritage preservation and networking with other institutions, such activities place MACBA at the forefront of the art system in Catalonia and confirm Barcelona’s position as a world art capital and an international benchmark. The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona is managed by a consortium created in 1988. Its current members are the Government of Catalonia, Barcelona City Council, the Spanish Ministry of Culture and the MACBA Foundation. In 1995, MACBA officially opened its headquarters in the heart of the Raval, in a new building designed by North American architect Richard Meier. From that time forth, the Museum has continued to break new ground in the diffusion of contemporary art and cultural practices, and its impact has helped to confirm Barcelona’s reputation as a city of innovation.