MACBA | Barcelona

A modern art museum tucked in between historic buildings, it should be out of place but it just feels…right.

Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art – Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona – MACBA

MACBA’s permanent collection of art is vast and it hosts frequently changing exhibitions, best of all, it’s free to visit Saturdays 4-8pm.

For me, the best part of MACBA is outside. Follow the sound of wheels through Raval and eventually the narrow streets will open up into the Plaça dels Àngels– the front of the museum serves as an unofficial skate park and meeting place. There’s something poetic about the way this obviously uber modern building sits between the old edificios in Raval, and how the noise and movement outside contrasts with the calm hush that covers the interior. Everyday throughout the week this square is buzzing, come to relax, skate – or just watch the tricks and wince at the falls onto concrete.

It’s amazing to see and really something you should experience for yourself. Great pit stop in the city because there are loads of bars, the Raval neighborhood has some of the cheapest prices in Barcelona.

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Check out Picasso’s old haunts | Barcelona

 

Picasso lived in Barcelona at various points during his life and the city had a formative effect on his artistic career – he staged his first individual exhibition at Els Quatre Gats cafe on Carrer de Montsió, which he used to frequent along with other creative thinkers of the time. You can check out the restaurant, explore the neighborhoods where he lived and visit the Picasso museum in El Gotico – its free Thursday evenings 6-9.30pm.

Picasso’s significant addresses are listed here