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From 11 am to 7.30 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Until 8 pm, from June 24th until September 25th.
From 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday.
From 10 am to 3 pm, Sunday and public holidays.

Closed: Tue (except public holidays), Jan 1st, Dec 25th


Plaça dels Àngels, 1, 08001 Barcelona

Tel.:+ 34 93 412 08 10
Fax.:+ 34 93 412 46 02

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MACBA brings together a variety of key works showcasing artistic creation from the last fifty years. As well as exhibiting work from its own collection, the Museum also offers a wide-ranging programme of temporary exhibitions from contemporary artists and organises activities on contemporary art and culture.

The Museum is an international leader in the dissemination of art and contemporary cultural practices. Located in the historic centre of the city, its iconic building was designed by the US architect Richard Meier and overlooks the energetic square of Plaça dels Àngels.


Each season, MACBA offers more than ten temporary exhibitions, including retrospectives of contemporary artists, emerging art collectives and representative figures from the world of contemporary creation. Each show is complemented by an interesting programme of activities: children’s workshops, seminars, lectures and free guided tours included in the ticket price. Many exhibitions are accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue.


The MACBA Collection. Under the Surface exhibition brings together works that focus on the problems that derive from representation and its limits, as well as the importance and impact of the artist and art in contemporary society. Even though the artists in the exhibition adopt different conceptual and formal approaches, many of the works on display feature references to conceptual art, forms deriving from Minimalism and a contemporary interest in materials and the surface. Under the Surface includes works by Ignasi Aballí, Antoni Tàpies, Lucio Fontana, Karla Black, Art & Language, Ángela de la Cruz, Derek Jarman, Latifa Echakhch, Félix González-Torres, Charlotte Posenenske, Rita McBride, Gregor Schneider, Doris Salcedo, Michelangelo Pistoletto and other artists.

Until November, 2018.



MACBA presents Melanie Smith, the largest and most comprehensive institutional exhibition of the artist’s work in Europe to date, encompassing the full breadth of media the artist has embraced from her early sculptural works, assemblages, reliefs and paintings to her work in video, photography and installation.

Smith (b.1965) was born in the UK, but established her career in the Mexican art scene of the 1990s. Having lived and worked in Mexico City since 1989, Smith represented Mexico at the Venice Biennale in 2011. She arrived in Mexico fresh from the contradictions of Thatcher’s Britain, marked on the one hand by the dismantling of the industrial past and on the other by the transformation to a service economy that had seen a boom ending in recession. In Mexico she witnessed the layering of capitalist modernisation, failed modernity, impoverishment with hyper-consumerism, more traditional forms of manufacture and an informal economy.

Thus the contrast between where she comes from and where she lives now subtly informs her work.

From 18 May to 07 October 2018



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