Inspiration

The Art Museums in Raval

#MuseumWeek

It is the Museum Week this week! The time when the museums, galleries and cultural institutions from all over the world celebrate culture on Twitter by posting and curating engaging content each day using different hashtags. This year there is more than 800 museum from 29 countries participating and taking #MuseumWeek to another level. Fingers crossed that soon it will be a truly global event.

I really wish this exciting initiative was around when I was studying Arts Management. I am sure that Museums and Heritage Sector module I took, would benefit from that social media dimension.

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Today is all about inspiration so I thought it might be a good idea to share two of my biggest inspirations in Barcelona from that cultural field, the art museums in Raval.

The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA)

Forget the Raval cat! It is the building designed by Richard Meier with the crowds of skateboarders and people sitting on a set of stairs in front of the museum that are the landmark piece of this neighbourhood. The museum’s space is light and airy and it provides the views across the plaza so you can always take a peek at the lively surroundings once you step out of the galleries.

The variety of the collection is impressive and brings together a series of key pieces from the last fifty years. The MACBA also offers a wide-ranging programme of temporary exhibitions and various activities related to contemporary art and culture, including fun family activities.

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Fun times at the MACBA.

Fun times at the MACBA.

The Barcelona Centre for Contemporary Culture (CCCB)

I love the CCCB and no, it is not only because of photography exhibitions. I actually love it so much that I bring my friends who visit me in Barcelona to the CCCB so they can check out this creative space. It is housed in the Casa de la Caritat, the former workhouse building. In my opinion it is a truly captivating example of the public space.

The Barcelona Centre for Contemporary Culture (CCCB)

The Barcelona Centre for Contemporary Culture (CCCB)

Thought-provoking and interesting exhibitions do not make up the full offering of the CCCB though. It hosts the Sonar, the Alternative and Hipnotik Festivals. The courtyard during the summer months is often the home to a variety of markets focussing on design or vintage.

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