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MUSAC - Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon

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Address: Calle Reyes Leoneses 24, 24008 Leon, Spain
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+34 987 09 00 00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
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Tue - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00

MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León stands as an...

MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León stands as an essential tool for creating a collective sense surrounding contemporary art and culture. MUSAC is defined as an open space for citizens for thought, dialogue and understanding of analytical tools and action strategies concerning art and its relation with society within the period in which the museum program and its collection focus. The chronological axis, that embraces the early 80s to the present, takes the year 1989 as its conceptual starting point, in which the fall of the Berlin Wall, European restructuring and the end of international politics characterized by the confrontation between blocks, mark the start of a global landscape in which we currently live. MUSAC Collection, cornerstone of the museum, comprises more than 1650 works by nearly 400 regional, national and international artists. A task of study, research and conservation revolves around it, with the mission to preserve for the future and disseminate an artistic heritage surrounding different conceptual paths that are representative of the relationships of art with the social, political, cultural and aesthetic moments and situations from which they surge. The exhibition program underlines this relationship between the importance of contemporary production and the revision and contextualization of subjects, movements and artists in a wide historic, political and social framework. It responds, as well, to the central-peripheral dynamics, favoring the dialogue between the local and the global, developing and supporting the creation, exhibition, dissemination and research of art in Castilla y León. The educational and cultural program complete the social vocation of the museum, acting as tools for the active inclusion of diverse publics through dialogue, sharing and the production of meaning from the possibilities that art and culture grant to all citizens as a public space for self-representation. It also aspires to create a platform for thought and a network of collaborative relations generated by the seminars, publications, workshops or open calls surrounding work processes, exhibition programs, the collection or collaborative projects with the public. MUSAC is ultimately a space which citizens can inhabit as a place for encounter and a forum for study, research, discussion, analysis and enjoyment of contemporary art and culture.

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Well Worth the Modest Admission Fee

We visited MUSAC in June and enjoyed the exhibit "Andy Warhol, Music and Vinyls (1949 - 1987)" which is on until September 4, 2016. Admission was just €3.

Reviewed 4 August 2016
Drew B
Toronto, Canada
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 October 2016

Unless you are a real lover of contemporary art, don't waste your time and money going here. The outside of the building is unusual with its coloured panels but the art inside was poor. I didn't see one exhibit that I found interesting. I spent 15 minutes inside.

Thank CatherineH94
Kristine G, General Coordinator at MUSAC - Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, responded to this review

Dear CatherineH94, Thank you for your opinion, however, real lovers of contemporary art do not spend fifteen minutes inside a 3,300 square meter exhibition space. Perhaps you were expecting some other kind of art, because contemporary art is more than just painting and requires that the public go beyond mere visual appreciation and this is not possible in fifteen minutes.... More 

Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 4 August 2016

We visited MUSAC in June and enjoyed the exhibit "Andy Warhol, Music and Vinyls (1949 - 1987)" which is on until September 4, 2016. Admission was just €3.

Thank Drew B
Kristine G, General Coordinator at MUSAC - Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, responded to this review

Dear Drew, We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to MUSAC. The admission fee entitles you to see all temporary exhibitions, so I hope you enjoyed the rest of the shows as well. Looking forward to having you again on another occasion. Best regards, More 

Oistins, Barbados
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

The building is very interesting, but the exhibition inside was really not interesting and too extreme. I love modern art, but this was really not worth it! The Spanish opening hours also didn't help!

Thank Claudia C
Kristine G, General Coordinator at MUSAC - Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, responded to this review

Dear Claudia, Thank you very much for publishing your review of MUSAC. We understand that art, in general, is subject to personal opinion; and contemporary art might be even harder to grasp. That is why we exert extra effort in providing as much information as possible about the exhibitions as well as a free guided tour every Sunday, so that... More 

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

As many modern art museums around the world, you have agreat building but how do you fill it with interesting content at a budget.Musac, at least when I visited, had not cracked it. The exhibitions were good and well mounted but not particularly challenging, the store (normally a highliight in modern art museums) was a tad staid. The potential is... More 

Thank Fred F
Kristine G, General Coordinator at MUSAC - Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, responded to this review

Dear Fred F, I am sorry to hear that our current exhibitions are not particularly challenging. We do our best to offer a varied exhibitions and public program to cater to all types of public; and we put an extra effort in all didactic material because we believe that art education is of primary importance. With regards to the store,... More 

New York
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Reviewed 3 November 2015

This was a refreshing and spacious modern art exhibition space. It was very doable in about a little over an hour and coming from New York, that is novel. There were about five exhibits and I found one particularly interesting. It had to do with the population change in the area and the leaving of the farm life that was.... More 

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East Sussex
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Reviewed 3 July 2015

You never know what you are going to experience when it comes to contemporary art. Although most of it wasn't to my taste, there was an interesting film we watched about the farming around Leon. It was very informative. Visiting a museum like this makes a great change from all of the churches and monasteries in every town on the... More 

Thank Tangodiver
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 May 2015

This museum was very disappointing. We have visited many modern art museums worldwide. This one was probably the worst. There was too much weight on photography and the content of the photographs was at times tasteless. But if watching naked hairy men and their genitals is your thing you might enjoy it....

1 Thank Greg K
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Reviewed 21 April 2015

This museum was free entrance on Sunday afternoon. It is housed in an interesting modern building in government, business district, a contrast to the old town. The collection is small but interesting, with a very good photographic exhibition on at the moment.

Thank MissKDonkey
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

This is a cutting edge contemporary art gallery with various interesting installations and pictures. Lost of the work is by young artists and it well presented as there is lots of space.

3 Thank HamishLondon
Ancona, Italy
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Indisputably the most striking and memorable building in Leon. (That isn't to say that the cathedral, say, isn't memorable, but if you've already seen other Gothic cathedrals the impact's rather dulled.) I think it's beautiful too. Next time I go to Spain, I'd like to go inside, to see the interior space, and to find out if there's any special... More 

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