Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de
Plaza dels Angels, 1
Richard Meier &
Meier's Museum of Contemporary Art
in Barcelona appears massive, bright, white, pristine and inviting,
contrasting starkly with the rather down-at-heel surroundings it is intended
to help regenerate. The sculptural elements of the main facade show
themselves to full effect in the Mediterranean sun in the square, while
effectively filtering the sunlight entering the building.
Inside generous circulation
space and ramps benefit from the sunlight, while allowing a more subdued
light level to permeate through to the rather more plain exhibition
spaces. The narrow white columns, railings, glass bricks and different
varieties of white skin are straight from Meier's earlier houses, but used
here with great effect.
The exhilarating light and form of
the circulation space provides some serious competition for the Barcelona
contemporary art that is the building's intended focus. During my visit
there were clearly more people photographing the building than looking at
Simon Glynn, 2001
How to visit
MACBA is a short walk to the
west from La Rambla and Plaça de Catalunya. Metro lines 1 and 3 (Catalunya
The museum is closed on
Tuesdays. Its opening hours vary by the day and the time of year. For
details telephone +34 93 412 08 10, email email@example.com
or see the web site listed below.
Books and other web
is the official web site of the museum (in English), with details of
opening hours, admission prices, exhibitions etc.