「バルセロナ現代美術館(MACBA)」は、そのコレクションや展覧会の活動を通して、20世紀後半のアートの歴史を人々の記憶に刻もうとしている。Through the Collection and the exhibition/activities calendar, the MACBA hopes to construct a critical memory of Art of the latter half of the 20th century, with two objectives: to oppose rhetoric and hegemonic forces which tend to mythologize the local-national while exploiting cultural institutions as active agents of tertiary economics in urban centres; and to present alternatives for the insufficiencies of the dominant museum model, which is generally based on the universalist myth of the original work presented as spectacle.

Working from the concept that there is no “public;” only “publics” consisting of specific and differentiated groups, the museum ceases to be a mere producer of exhibitions and becomes a purveyor of different services for different subjects. The exhibition is then an experience on a par with that of workshops, conferences, audiovisual activities, publications, etc. All of these experiences are defined by a series of discursive lines which lend thematic coherence.

The history of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) goes back to 1959 when art critic Alexandre Cirici Pellicer championed the idea of creating a museum of contemporary art in Barcelona. Cirici and Cesáreo Rodríguez Aguilera headed a group which began to gather together a collection which would serve as the foundation of the future museum; an active platform for irradiating contemporary art. As various willing parties united to decide upon a definitive location for the new museum, the aforementioned group began a series of exhibitions – twenty three in total – of contemporary artists such as Moisès Villèlia, Antoni Bonet, Àngel Ferrant, Jean Fautrier, Albert Ràfols Casamada, Romà Vallès, Jordi Curós, Josep Maria de Sucre, and August Puig, among others. However, in February of 1963 the inauguration of the exhibition “Art and Peace,” which had clear political motives, made evident the existing limits of permissiveness, ending Cirici and Aguilera’s venture. A portion of the collection remaining in the museum was sent to the Victor Balaguer Museum in Vilanova i la Geltrú.

In 1985 Joan Rigol, the then Cultural Councillor of the Generalitat, took up the idea of a contemporary art museum, which he shared with other figures of importance within Barcelona’s cultural ambience, then headed by art coordinator Pep Subirós. The text of the Cultural Pact, created through a consensus of both active administrations and promoted by Rigol, ratified the creation of a consortium made up of the Generalitat and the Barcelona City Council, deciding to house the museum in the old Casa de la Caritat (Charity House). However, a few months later a change of the Council’s leadership put a hold on the project. In 1986 the Barcelona City Council, headed by Pascual Maragall, proposed that American Architect Richard Meier take on the project of constructing the new museum’s edifice and the City Council’s Cultural Department hired critics Francesc Miralles and Rosa Queralt to write the future museum’s definitive mission statement.

Finally, in 1987 the MACBA Foundation was established, presided over by empresario Leopoldo Rodés who pioneered private initiative in the project. In April of 1988, the new museum was born from the creation of the MACBA Consortium which integrated the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Barcelona City Council, and the MACBA Foundation. In accordance with its statutes, the two public administrations that form a part of the consortium contribute the necessary resources to maintain the museum’s basic functions, while the MACBA Foundation is responsible for generating the capital necessary to establish the permanent collection. The objective of the consortium is the MACBA’s creation and organization.

The MACBA opened to the public on November 28th, 1995. Since then it has been directed by Daniel Giralt-Miracle (1988-1994), Miquel Molins (1995-1998), and Manuel J. Borja-Villel (desde 1998).

Address: Plaça dels Angels 1, 08001 Barcelona
Tel: +34 93 412 08 10

Winter Hours (September 25th to June 23th):
Weekdays: 11 am to 7.30 pm
Saturdays: 10 am to 8 pm
Sundays and holidays: 10 am to 3 pm

Summer Hours (June 24th to September 24th):
Weekdays: 11 am to 8 pm
Thursdays: 11 am to midnight
Saturdays: 10 am to 8 pm
Sundays and holidays: 10 am to 3 pm

Closed Tuesdays (except holidays)


住所:Plaça dels Angels 1, 08001 Barcelona
TEL:+34 93 412 08 10

Translation: Tatsuhiko Akutsu
地址:Plaça dels Angels 1, 08001 Barcelona
电话:+34 93 412 08 10


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