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“Provocative and inspirational.”

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Alicante (MACA)
Ranked #12 of 132 things to do in Alicante
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Set in the ancient heart of the city, opposite the monumental Basilica of Santa María, this imposing new building takes up an entire city block and encompasses the oldest civil construction in the city: the venerable Casa de La Asegurada, an outstanding example of Valencian baroque architecture built as a public wheat granary in 1685. Known as the MACA, the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art is owned by the City Council and is one of Alicante's leading cultural venues. The construction and refurbishment project was designed by the architectural firm Sancho-Madridejos and funded by the Valencian Regional Government. It boasts a total floor space of 4680 m2 spread across four storeys and two basement levels, and features one temporary exhibition hall, four exhibition halls for the permanent collections, a library, teaching venues, an events hall, storerooms, workshops, plus quarters for security, administration and the like. The Museum's diaphanous spaces showcase its rich and varied collections of contemporary art according to highly rigorous museum programming in which conservation and education are given top priority.
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“Provocative and inspirational.”
Reviewed 1 February 2012

A marvellous exhibition of contemporary art and thinking; certainly provokes argument!

Visited September 2011
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“Average Museum”
Reviewed 27 January 2012

It has a nice atmosphere and good art shows. The building is cool.

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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed 12 January 2012

A lovely small museum full of delightful pictures. It was a pleasure to be able to enjoy it in one visit without rushing around as is essential in a bigger museum.

Visited December 2011
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“Good collection in a light and airy modern space”
Reviewed 21 December 2011

This is, in essence, what every good municipal art gallery should aspire towards. It is in an excellent new, light and spacious building, in a very lovely quarter of the city. It houses a good collection of 20th century art, and some fabulous kinetic works from Sempere - a local artist, and the inspiration behind the museum. Spread over three floors this is well worth a visit. When we went the temporary exhibition was a great selection of large contemporary canvases from the La Caixa collection.

Spending an hour in here is a terrific added attraction to Alicante's delights. And of course, entrance is free.

Visited December 2011
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