Processes for selecting works
Following the lines of work and interest set by management and the curatorial team, curators and the Collection department seek out and investigate acquisition proposals to expand the MACBA Collection. The museum also receives purchase, donation and deposit proposals studied by the Collection department and the curatorial team. All of the proposals selected are assessed by the advisory committee. This committee is an annual meeting of international experts in contemporary art that analyses and evaluates the acquisition proposals presented by the museum. Since 2016 the committee has been made up by Catherine David, Chris Dercon, Estrella de Diego and Cuauhtémoc Medina. The meeting is also attended by the director of the MACBA, the president and the director of the MACBA Foundation, the chief curator, the head of Public Programmes and the curator and head of the Collection.
The identification of the needs of the Collection and the coherence of the proposed works with the existing works are essential. Once interest has been confirmed and the proposals prioritized, in most cases the MACBA Fundation will follow the purchase procedures after feasibility has been confirmed by a financial committee. Some works by Catalan artists approved by the committee may be presented to the Government of Catalonia to be purchased for the National Collection of Contemporary Art which will in turn deposit them with the MACBA for custodianship.
The donation and deposit proposals received will undergo the same evaluation procedures as purchases.