Barcelona is an ideal destination for many types of visitors, thanks to its rich offerings for tourists of all tastes. There are plenty of impressive museums in the capital city, so many, in fact, that to visit them all requires several days. This time we’d like to talk about the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, also known as MACBA, its acronym in Spanish. It is a total must for any traveler, but especially for art enthusiast. Are you planning to stay at our boutique hotel near El Raval? Then you’re in luck—this wonderful museum is just a short walk away.

MACBA Museum in Barcelona
What MACBA has to offer

The building that houses MACBA was built in the 90’s according to the geometric vision of architect Richard Meier. Light is key to the conception of this museum. Inside you are greeted by luminous rooms that draw you into a circuit that begins with the abstraction of the 50’s and continues on the cutting edge of the decades that follow, characterized by movements such as photorealism and poetic experience. Finally, we arrive at the 80’s, where the currents reacting against minimalism dominate.

The MACBA collection includes about 5,000 local, national, and international works of art. Latin American and Eastern European artists are highlighted, although they are certainly not the only ones. The museum has a place for all perspectives: North Africa, the Arab world, and the Middle East.

 

MACBA Museum in Barcelona
Practical museum information: prices and how to get there

Since it first opened its doors in 1995, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art has become one of the main attractions in the Catalan capital. Its convenient central location (near the Universidad, Liceu, and Catalunya metro stations), makes getting there very easy. Furthermore, it is not far from other iconic places such as the Mercado de La Boquería and the Plaza de Catalunya.

Entrance costs €11, but every Saturday entrance is free between 16:00 and 20:00.

The museum is open every day but Tuesday. During the week and on Saturdays it is open from 10:00 to 20:00, while on Sundays it is on a morning schedule of 10:00 to 15:00. You can access the museum via Plaça dels Àngels, 1. Don’t miss the MACBA during your stay at our boutique hotel in central Barcelona!

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.

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Enjoy the morning.

The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever. I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300.

It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms.

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds and this is real.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton