Call for submission pieces of contemporary art

This initiative has two objectives: to recognize and patrimonialize generations that are not yet sufficiently represented in public collections, and to provide resources for Barcelona’s art community.

All interested parties can fill out the attached application form and sent, it along with their proposal, to adquisicionsajuntament [at] macba [dot] cat.

The application period will end on March 22nd, 2021, at 11:59 pm.


What should I do if my work has been selected?

MACBA will shortly be in touch to begin the administrative processes to formalise the purchase and subsequent deposit of the work. If you have not received any notification one week from the date of the decision, please contact adquisicionsajuntament [at] macba [dot] cat.

It is important to remember that works cannot be delivered to any municipal office or MACBA until the formalisation of the purchase and deposit has been completed.

Once acquired, where will the work be deposited?

After the decision on the selected works has been communicated, MACBA will begin the purchase and the subsequent transfer to Barcelona City Council, which will be the owner. Later, Barcelona City Council will deposit each of the works as a loan to the most appropriate public collections and museums.

When can I take the work to the beneficiary museum?

It is very important to remember that the works cannot be delivered to any municipal office or MACBA without prior authorisation. When the purchase process is complete and the loan deposit is confirmed by Barcelona City Council, the museum which is to receive the work will contact the artist or gallery in advance to mutually agree on the day and time of delivery.

Gold does not take on any dirt. And gold, just are diamonds, is an exalted material. It possesses such a degree of abstraction that it encounters you –if you use it artistically– on an already exalted level.
James Lee Byars