The Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), inaugurated in 1995, is found in the very heart of the Raval district and has different artistic flows which emerged during the second half of the 20th century. It places special emphasis on Catalan artists and on the trends which have exerted most influence on contemporary art in Catalonia.
The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA, in Catalan), inaugurated in 1995, is located in the neighbourhood El Raval, next to the Barcelona center of Contemporary Culture (CCCB, in Catalan), the multipurpose space at the Àngels convent, and the Faculty of Geography and History of the University of Barcelona.
It accommodates the different artistic currents of the second half of the 20th century, with a special focus on the Catalan artists and the trends that have influenced the most contemporary art in Catalonia.
The museum's collection, exhibited on the ground floor and first floor in the context of frequently varying exhibitions, is made up of about 1,600 paintings, sculptures and audiovisual works of art by artists such as Klee, Barceló, Muntadas, Brossa, Calder, Basquiat and Ràfols Casamada. It also boasts an interesting programme of temporary exhibitions.
The building, in which the colour white predominates, is by North American architect Richard Meier.
The library has a collection of documents on contemporary art, and in the gift shop/bookshop one can find the latest contemporary art publications.