MACBA brings together a variety of key works showcasing contemporary artistic creation. The permanent display features Catalan, Spanish and international artists such as Calder, Tàpies, Basquiat and Keith Haring to name but a few. As well as exhibiting works from its collection, the museum offers a wide-ranging programme of temporary exhibitions and organises activities on contemporary arts and culture.
The museum is an international leader in the dissemination of contemporary art and cultural practices.
Centrally located, its dazzling structure by Richard Meier outwardly reflects its very contemporary interior and overlooks the lively square of Plaça dels Àngels. The museum store is a fantastic place for books, gifts and artist designed objects.
Containing emblematic works by artists such as Calder, Basquiat or Tàpies, among others, the MACBA Collection takes visitors on a chronological journey from 1929 to the present.
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Over a 70-year career, Takis has created some of the most powerful, innovative – as well as playful – works of twentieth-century art. With these, he reinvented the formats of sculpture, painting and music in relation to energy. Takis was one of the pioneers of advanced, experimental art of the 1960s and in particular, his work investigated the relation between artistic, scientific and philosophical research. While his earliest sculptures make explicit reference to ancient Greek culture, he later became an innovator in incorporating natural forces into his work, most centrally magnetism, light 3 and electricity, in sculptures and paintings as well as in actions. Similarly, he moved from figuration to work that was more closely allied to experimental abstraction.