The MACBA Study Centre (CED) opened its doors in December 2007 to expand the MACBA’s sphere of activities as a centre for the preservation of the document collections and for research, debate and dissemination.
The Study Centre Archive and Library are specialized in contemporary art practices, and they are focused on the same time period as the exhibitions and activities programmed by the museum and the selection of works in the MACBA Collection, with which they maintain a close relationship of continuity. This maximizes their potential to generate new interpretations and readings throughout the history of contemporary art.
The documentary materials that make up the Archive and Library are structured into holdings and collections which include the archives of individuals and organizations, artists’ books, posters, photographs, invitations, pamphlets and more, as well as reference books and audiovisual documents. The accessibility and conservation requirements of these materials determine whether they are stored in the Library or the Archive. Both have the mission to preserve them, disseminate their content and support research on contemporary artistic practices that draws on these documents as its raw material.
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