Study Center of Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona


The Study Center of Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) was created in December 2007 with the aim to generate and develop strong links between the production of exhibitions and the production of knowledge in relation to contemporary art. With the creation of the Study Center, MACBA broadened its field of action so as to include the preservation, research and dissemination of documents and ideas related to contemporary art practices, spanning art history but also other fields such as cultural studies, communication, philosophy, sociology, etc.

The Study Center holds approximately 70.000 publications and documents. According to preservation and consultation criteria, they have been distributed between the Research Collection, which preserves artist books and artist publications in general, historical ephemera, special magazines, and also collections of documents such as personal or gallery archives, and the Library Collection, which brings together secondary bibliography, exhibition catalogues, sound and audio recordings, periodicals, and documents in various audiovisual supports, including contemporary music recordings and scores.

While one of the Center’s primary objectives is to preserve the memory of contemporary artistic activity in the local context, no limits or geographic criteria have been set for the acquisition of new material. In terms of chronology, the Center’s holdings extend from World War II to the present, which is also the period encompassed by the artworks that make up the MACBA Collection.

Besides providing public access to the Research and Library Collections, the temporary exhibitions regularly held in the gallery of the Study Center present selections of documents mainly coming from the Center’s own holdings. And, in order to actively foster research, the Study Center has launched a Guest Researchers Program addressed to scholars specialising in contemporay artistic practices and artists.

The Library Reading Room.
The Library Reading Room.
Photo: David Campos
MACBA Study Center.
MACBA Study Center.
General view of the Museum and Study Center.
Photo: David Campos
Exhibition view. Reading Room 1: Brazil. 11/02/2009 - 12/06/2009. Photo: Tony Coll
Exhibition view. Reading Room 1:
Brazil. 11/02/2009 - 12/06/2009.
Photo: Tony Coll
 Exibition View
Exhibition view. Possibility of Action:
The Life of the Score.
17/06/2008 - 05/10/2008.
Photo: Juanchi Pegoraro

Admission and hours

The Study Center is open to the general public, and admission is free.

Library Reading Room:
Monday to Friday, 10 am to 7 pm. Bank holidays, closed.

Archive Special Collections Room:
Monday to Friday, 10 am to 2:30 pm. Bank holidays, closed. Material viewed in this room must be requested at least 48 hours in advance, by completing and submitting a form available on our website.

Exhibition Space:
Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm. Sundays, 10 am to 3 pm.

Study Center
Plaça dels Àngels, 8 - 08001 Barcelona
Tel: +34 93 481 33 66
Fax: +34 93 412 46 02

Exhibition view. On the Margins of Art.
Exhibition view. On the Margins of Art.
Creation and Political Engagement.
10/07/2009 - 08/11/2009.
Photo: Tony Coll
Bibliographic Holdings Room
Bibliographic Holdings Room.
Photo: David Campos