a bit of history
MACBA’s story actually begins before its founding, as early as 1959. The art critic Alexandre Circi Pellicer had the idea of opening a modern museum, and started a collection with Cesáreo Rodríguez-Aguilera. They became well-known for their exhibitions of a variety of Catalan artists, but in 1963, after hosting a politically motivated exhibition of L’art i la pau, they were forced to close.
In 1985, the Catalan government’s head of the cultural department, Joan Rigol, revived the idea, and in 1988, the MACBA consortium was founded. Nowadays, for instance, the Catalan government, the Barcelona City Council, and Spain’s Minister of Culture are all members of this council.
In November of 1995, MACBA finally opened its doors in a new building, designed by the North American architect Richard Meier, in the Raval district. Ever since, MACBA has been supporting modern art, giving Barcelona the image of an innovative city.
The impressive collection covers the most important artistic styles of our time, and it has a great reputation internationally as a result.