The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona was opened in 1995 in the Plaça dels Àngels, El Raval, Ciutat Vella. It was built in this particular location for the purpose of situating it amongst some of Barcelona’s oldest streets and architecture. With its very modern design the museum is in stark contrast to the rest of the area and as such has come to be known as “the pearl”. Its southern walls are mostly glazed to provide excellent illumination into the interior galleries of the museum.
The permanent collection that is housed at the museum has pieces dating from the mid-20th century. The first period of modern art that is represented at the museum covers the 40′s to 60′s. The second period covers the 60′s and 70′s and the third period is contemporary. There is a mixture of international art as well as Spanish and local Catalan too. Opposite the main museum the Convent dels Àngels offers a separate exhibition area known in particular for its video art performances.
The Library Reading Room and Special Collections Room offer free access to the public of the museum’s wealth of books, publications and extensive archives. The nearest metro stations to the musuem are Catalunya and Universitat. Even non-art lovers would enjoy a visit to this museum and as such it is one of the most popular attractions in Barcelona.