Archive

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona (1959-1967)

Fons Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona (1959-1967)

Fecha:
1959-1967
Tipo obra:
Collections and documentary fonds
Material:
0.69 m (1 box, 112 documentary units), paper
MACBA Collection. Study and Documentation Center. Fonds of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona (1959–67)

The fonds brings together documents generated by the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona during it existence (1959–67). It also contains information about the museum generated by third parties and institutions with which it maintained relations, such as the Salón Femenino de Arte Actual (Women’s Salon of Modern Art).

It seems likely that the management of the museum preserved documents of the Associació d'Artistes Actuals (AAA), which organised the May Salons, since this institution is related to the creation of the museum.

With the liquidation and transfer of the museum, various members of the management team retained part of the fonds and this was supplemented by documentation belonging to other related entities, such as Sección de Arte Contemporáneo de la Biblioteca Museo Víctor Balaguer in Vilanova i la Geltrú and the Museu d’Art Contemporani dels Països Catalans de Banyoles.

The material is organised into four sections corresponding to the different entities involved in the creation of a museum of contemporary art in Catalonia, in chronological order: the Associació d’Artistes Actuals (AAA) ; the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona (1959–67); the Salón Femenino de Arte Actual and the successors to the museum (the Sección de Arte Contemporáneo de la Biblioteca Museo Víctor Balaguer in Vilanova i la Geltrú and the Museu d’Art Contemporani dels Països Catalans de Banyoles).

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona was founded in 1959 as a corporate entity, thanks to the initiative of a group of personalities from the world of culture, which included the critic and art historian Alexandre Cirici Pellicer and Cesáreo Rodríguez Aguilera. The aim of this initiative was to disseminate and promote Catalan contemporary art. On 21 June 1960 the first exhibition was opened in the Cúpula of the Coliseum cinema, in a venue lent by the Fomento de las Artes y del Diseño (FAD). A total of 23 solo and group shows were held, featuring artists of the time such as Antoni Bonet, Jordi Curós, Josep Maria de Sucre, Jean Fautrier, Ángel Ferrant, August Puig, Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Romà Vallès and Moisès Villèlia, among others.

The opening of the museum was the culmination of a series of actions aimed at promoting contemporary art, which began with the creation of Club 49 in 1949, and the Association d’Artistes Actuals (AAA) in 1953, which organised the Salones de Mayo (May Salons). It is significant that the statutes of the AAA already anticipated the creation of a museum of contemporary art.

Aside from these early initiatives, a final and controversial touring exhibition was realised in February 1963: El arte y la paz (Art and Peace). An exhibition with a forceful political content, it met with the censorship of the Franco dictatorship. Together with the difficulties of finding a suitable site and the necessary financial support, this complicated the evolution of the museum. After a long period of unsuccessful negotiations with the Diputación de Barcelona (Barcelona Council), between 1962 and 1966, the entity was dissolved in 1967 and the works of art transferred to the Biblioteca Museo Víctor Balaguer in Vilanova i la Geltrú . Despite the will to continue the museum, and the creation of a specific section of contemporary art in the new location, the project lost its initial momentum and was not carried through.

In the eighties, the City Council of Banyoles took over the initiative to create a museum of contemporary art, in order to reflect the work of artists active in the Catalan-speaking world. The project was never formalised, but it revived the need for a museum of contemporary art in Catalonia, eventually leading to the creation of the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) in 1995.

  • Add to Itinerary

    Sign in

    In order to create your own Itineraries or comment you have to register. Not registered yet? Click here

  • Share

    Email

  • Comment

    Sign in

    In order to create your own Itineraries or comment you have to register. Not registered yet? Click here

Why did you visit the MACBA website?

Thank you very much! Your reply will help us improve this website.