Barcelona’s Top 10 : Museu d’Art Contemporani & Centre de Cultura Contemporània

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Barcelona’s sleek contemporary art museum looms in bold contrast to the surrounding area. Together with the nearby Centre de Cultura Contemporània (CCCB), the Museu d’Art Contemporani (MACBA) has provided a focal point for modern Barcelona since its opening in 1995, and, has played an integral part in the rejuvenation of El Raval. MACBA’s permanent collection includes a slew of big-name Spanish and international contemporary artists, while excellent temporary exhibits feature everything from painting to video installations. The CCCB serves as a crossroads of contemporary culture with cutting-edge art exhibits, lectures and film screenings.


  • Plaça dels Àngels

  • Metro Catalunya

  • 93 412 08 10


  • Open late Sep–late Jun: 11am–7:30pm Mon & Wed–Fri, 10am–8pm Sat, 10am–3pm Sun; Jul–Sep 11am–8pm Mon, Wed, Fri, 11am–midnight Thu, 10am–8pm Sat, 10am–3pm Sun

  • Adm €7.50 (all floors); €6 (2 exhibitions); €3 (1 floor) MACBA collection; €3.50 (all floors) Wed

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  • Montalegre 5

  • Metro Catalunya

  • 93 306 41 00


  • Open: 11am–8pm Tue–Sun (to 10pm Thu)

  • Adm: €4.50; free first Wed of month and 8–10pm Thu

  • free first Wed of month

Sights Guide

The MACBA and CCCB have separate entrances, though they share the Plaça Joan Coromines courtyard. The CCCB is accessible from C/Montalegre and MACBA from the Plaça dels Àngels. Both multilevel galleries have flexible display spaces.

Snack at the nearby restaurant Pla dels Àngels (

					on Carrer Ferlandina
), which offers budget-priced nouvelle/Catalan food to a hip crowd.

Top 10 Features
  1. Interior Corridors

    Space and light are omnipresent in the walkways between floors. Look through the glass panels onto the Plaça dels Àngels for myriad images before you even enter the gallery spaces.

  2. Visiting Artist’s Space

    The raison d’etre of MACBA is this flexible area showing the best in contemporary art. Past exhibitions have included Zush and acclaimed painter Dieter Roth.

  3. Revolving Permanent Collection

    The permanent collection comprises over 2000 – mostly European – modern artworks, 10 per cent of which are on show at any one time. All major contemporary artistic trends are represented. This work by Eduardo Arranz Bravo is titled Homea (1974).

  4. Façade

    American architect Richard Meier’s stark, white, geometrical façade makes a startling impression against the backdrop of this dilapidated working-class neighbourhood. Hundreds of panes of glass reflect the skateboarders who gather here daily.

  5. Puzzle Area

    On the ground floor, several tables are set out with jigsaw puzzles. The puzzles, which feature photos taken in neighbouring flats, give an intriguing glimpse of life in the nearby tenement buildings.

  6. A Sudden Awakening

    One of the only pieces of art on permanent display is Antoni Tàpies’ deconstructed bed (1992–3), with its bedding flung across the wall in disarray. Its presence to the right of the main entrance underlines Tàpies’ importance as a key player in the world of Catalan modern art.

  7. Thinking & Reading Spaces

    Pleasant and unusual features of MACBA are the white leather sofas between the galleries. Usually next to a shelf of relevant books and a set of headphones, these spaces provide the perfect resting spot to contemplate – and learn more about – the art.

  8. El Patio de les Donnes/CCCB

    This courtyard off Carrer Montalegre forms part of the neighbouring CCCB. An ultra-modern prismatic screen provides a mirror reflecting the 18th-century patio – a magical juxtaposition of different architectural styles.

  9. Temporary Exhibitions/CCCB

    Unlike MACBA, exhibitions at the CCCB tend to be more theme based than artist specific. Home to both a festival of cinema shorts (Sep) and the Sònar techno festival (Jun), the CCCB always manages to be at the forefront of the latest cultural trend.

  10. Plaça Joan Coromines

    The contrast between the modern MACBA, the new University building, the Tuscan-style CCCB and the 19th-century mock-Romanesque church make this square one of the most enchanting in the city. It is home to the terrace restaurants of MACBA and CCCB.

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