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MACBA is the Museo d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona. This imposing building in the heart of the Raval is dedicated to contemporary art. The building itself is considered a work of art by most people, and like most contemporary art, this can be both a positive and negative thing! Situated in a sunny square in the centre of town, the building is bright white with angular and organic shapes, designed by the architect Richard Meier.

The gallery´s exhibits cover the last 50 years of artistic practice. Earlier pieces include the Spanish expressionists Tapies, Saura and Dubuffet, and Basque sculptors Eduardo Chilida and Jorge Oteiza. Later work, from the past 40 years, has a more global round-up, such as Penk, Beuys and Basquait. The contemporary Spanish collection includes the paintings of Ferran Garcia Sevilla and Miquel Barceló, and the sculptures of Susana Solano and Sergi Aguilar. Many of the most recent displays have a heavy social and political concept.

Don´t forget to have a look at the CCCB behind the MACBA, a separate gallery specialising in film and local artists. There are often festivals and public events here, as well as live music in the bar. Also, the FAD design museum is situated on the opposite side of the square to MACBA.

The history of the museum goes back to 1959. An art critic called Alexandre Cirici Pellicer championed the idea of creating a museum of contemporary art in Barcelona. He and Cesareo Rodríguez Aguilera formed a group of interested people and gathered a collection of art which the museum was to begin with. They organised a series of exhibitions with the work up until 1963 and found that the political basis of some of the work was not welcomed by some influential figures. It took until 1985 for Joan Rigol, the Cultural Councillor of the Generalitat, to take up the idea of creating such a museum. In 1987 the MACBA Foundation was established and in 1988 the new museum was born. It was finally opened to the public in 1995.