The museum opened its doors in the vibrant Raval neighbourhood of Barcelona in November 1995, nine years after the city council commissioned the building’s construction, which cost a total of $35 million, to North American architect Richard Meier. The design was influenced by the rationalism of modernist architects such as Le Corbusier, and is comprised of a series of juxtaposed prisms, rectilinear and curved elements, and characterised by large amounts of natural light which pour in through the large glass walls. The museum is located on the Plaça del Àngels, which is one of the city’s most popular hotspots for skateboarders and their onlooking spectators.
The museum is home to a collection of approximately 5,000 works of art dating from the mid-20th century to today, divided into three periods: forties to sixties, sixties to seventies, and contemporary, and is mostly comprised of work by Spanish and Catalan artists (though some international artists are also featured). There is no permanent exhibition due to the size of the collection. Instead the exhibition changes regularly throughout the year. The museum places great importance on ongoing discussions within and about contemporary art and its relevance to other disciplines and aspects of society. To this end it hosts seminars, talks and workshops open to the public throughout the year.
📅 Monday to Friday 11 am – 7:30 pm. Saturday 10 am – 9 pm. Sunday and holidays 10 am – 3 pm. Closes on public holidays.