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Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona to double exhibition space for its own collection

The MACBA, located in a Richard Meier building in Barcelona’s city centre, has a wide collection of works, particularly focusing on art from the last 25 years. The museum will double its exhibition space for its ‘permanent’ collection in 2011. The MACBA also announced some of its upcoming temporary exhibitions for next year.


14 December 2010 11:00 PM


ACN / Elisenda Rosanas

Barcelona (ACN).- After its 15th anniversary, the Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona (MACBA) wants to underline its own collection, giving it more visibility, strength and identity within the museum facilities. This is why, from next February, the permanent collection will occupy the first floor of the Richard Meir building. The project will double the amount of exhibition space for these pieces of art. However, it will not be a typical \u2018permanent\u2019 collection, as it will be not be displayed in a single and fixed exhibition, but rather in a series of temporary exhibitions. The series of temporary exhibitions with works from the museum\u2019s collection will show different narratives and focus on different themes. Despite the 5% budget reduction for 2011, leaving the Museum\u2019s yearly budget at 12 million euros, the MACBA faces an intense year. Apart from the permanent collection\u2019s redistribution, 2 projects can be underlined: \u2018The International\u2019 exhibition, organised with 4 other European museums, and the acquisition of the Muntadas piece, \u2018Between the Frames: The Forum\u2019.

Consolidated as one of the most dynamic museums in Catalonia, the MACBA faces an immediate challenge in 2011: fostering its permanent collection. To do so, it will need to undergo an obvious change; exhibition space to display the permanent collection will be doubled and will occupy the entire first floor of the museum. The intention is not to focus only on a \u201Cpermanent\u201D collection, but to offer dynamism to visitors with a series of temporary exhibitions using the museum\u2019s own collection. According to MACBA\u2019s director, Bartomeu Marí, \u201Cmore things, different kinds of exhibitions and different narratives\u201D will be experienced.

Despite the 5% budget reduction, the museum has seen its activity increase, reaching the levels of 2009. In 2010, it was decided in to reduce the number of activities to focus on quality. The museum\u2019s managers believe that this new approach will increase the activity without undermining quality. The agreement with La Caixa savings bank to share their contemporary art collections is a cornerstone of MACBA\u2019s activities. The museum\u2019s short life indicates that the MACBA is particularly important for art from the last 25 years. La Caixa, however, has a very strong collection of art from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

The MACBA will buy a giant work from Antoni Muntadas, entitled \u2018Between the Frames: The Forum\u2019. It is a series of closed rooms, painted in different colours, where interviews with art agents are displayed. The work will arrive in October.

In addition, the MACBA is collaborating with La Moderna Galerija of Ljubljana (Slovenia), the Stedelijk van Abbermuseum of Eindhoven (The Netherlands), the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunt of Antwerp (Belgium) and the Julia Koller Society of Bratislava (Slovakia). The 5 museums have put together a project called \u201CLa Internacional\u201D. It is an exhibition that attempts to portray the art vanguards of the end of the 20th century. It is \u201Ca way to read\u201D and set a vocabulary and chronology of \u201Cwhat happened around 1989\u201D, states Bartomeu Marí.


  • Bartomeu Marí, MACBA's director (by E. Rosanas)

  • Bartomeu Marí, MACBA's director (by E. Rosanas)