The MACBA Collection’s mission is to disseminate contemporary art by gathering and conserving a representative set of works which are to offer a multiplicity of viewpoints and be capable of generating comprehensive critical debate.
What does the Collection include?
The MACBA Collection is made up of works created by Catalan, Spanish and international artists, mostly from the period spanning 1960 to the present. The collections cover a wide range of artistic techniques and materials including painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, assemblage, objects, installations and audiovisual and sound recordings, among others.
Did you know?
Over the course of 2018, 43 new works were added to the MACBA Collection. Among them are works by Farah Al Qasimi, Manel Armengol, Marcel·lí Antúnez Roca, Luz Broto, Waltercio Caldas, Rosemarie Castoro, Harun Farocki, Daniel Garcia-Andújar, Magdalena Jitrik, Robert Llimós, Jordi Mitjà, Joan Morey, Lucia Nogueira, Itziar Okariz, Javier Peñafiel, Pere Portabella, Jorge Ribalta, Melanie Smith, Francesc Torres, Eulàlia Valldosera and Akram Zaatari.
The MACBA Collection has always been present in the museum’s galleries since it was opened in 1995. Since then different presentations of the Collection have been made, showcasing different selections of works from the museum’s holdings and in turn offering new discourses and perspectives on art from the local and international scenes.
Acquisition: Discover the process by which the Collection acquires works, from research to the work’s arrival to the museum
Maintenance: Cuando la obra llega al museo, comienza el proceso de registro, catalogación y almacenaje. Conoce cómo lo hacemos.
Conservation: Be it a mosaic, urban graffiti or a chocolate sculpture, all works require care for their conservation and preservation.
Study and documentation: The research, registration and cataloguing of the Collection’s works is another of the main functions of the museum.
Dissemination: The Collection’s presentations and publications allow us to showcase the works it contains. Find out how we do it.
Loans: The works of the Collection travel all over the world. Discover where they have been.
MACBA has a Policy for Direction, Management and Procedure of the Collection, with the objective of leading to the creation of collections that are coherent with and serve the museum’s general aims, as well as the goals of the various activities programmes established therein.
Scholars and researchers can access the works of the Collection. Contact the Collection department, and we will study the feasibility of the request. In some cases there may be associated costs arising from the handling and packaging of the works.
Collection Department colleccio [at] macba [dot] cat
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