By some absorbed by handfuls, which is a source of delight, inspiration and fascination. For others, banal, exaggerated, funny. Contemporary art – it is certainly a subject, which is difficult to pass by indifferently. Just as indifferently, you should not pass the attraction, that will be the heart of today’s article. If you still do not know what the author meant, we invite you to a short entry about the museum of contemporary art Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Alicante.
The museum building is located in an interesting location, next to Santa María plaza, next to the basilica of the same name, which is also the oldest church in the city – it was created on the remains of a former mosque around the 14th-16th centuries. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, in short MACA, is located in the object of la Casa Asegurada, which from the outside makes a huge impression. At the same time, like the neighboring basilica, it can be proud of the title of the oldest municipal building, which covers an area of over 1,100 square meters. Originally it was intended for a granary, which can certainly explain its strict architectural style, but over time it fulfilled many more functions, from the seat of the city council and the armed forces, through the prison, to the educational center and the municipal archives.
Although, as we have already mentioned, the building is characterized by simplicity and quite economical style, attention is attracted by a neat and functional facade and rather typical interior design, in which the ground floor was to be used to store flour, the first floor had to be business rooms, while the second floor was intended to be the granary.
The originator and initiator of the creation of the museum was Eusebio Sempere, a well-known artist from Alicante and a representative of the trend of geometrical abstraction, as well as optical and kinetic tendencies. It was he, who gave the city his private collection of his own works and works of other famous artists, which in 1977 initiated the existence of MACA.
The museum in its walls hides real treasures of contemporary art in the broad sense of the word. You will find here almost 600 works of art of the same Eusebio Sempere, which include drawings, paintings, sculptures and graphics. They are an expression of the artist’s lack of ideas with the concepts of geometry, movement and optical illusion, that set the core of his creative work. On different floors, different stages of Sempere’s work are presented over the years – from its beginnings in the 1940s and the first modernist paintings, that were created in Paris in the fifties, to paintings on boards from the sixties and iron and steel sculptures created in the eighties.
In addition to his own works, as mentioned above, Sempere decided to enrich the museum collection with the works of other artists he collected for decades. Thanks to his generosity, MACA rooms are decorated with works by artists such as Picasso, Dalí, Braque, Miró, Juan Gris, Arp, Giacometti, Max Ernst and many, many others. These collections are rich primarily in the work of Spanish sculptors and painters from the avant-garde trend, forming in accordance with the European tendencies of the twentieth century – cubism, expressionism and surrealism.
What’s more, MACA is not only a permanent collection of exhibits, but also temporary exhibitions. From February 5 to April 8, a collection of the Coca-Cola Foundation is presented entitled “Creating stories” (“Construyendo historias”), and from February 14 to May 26, you can also see an exhibition entitled “Light and movement. The kinetic avant-garde in Paris 1950-1975” (“Luz y movimiento. La vanguardia cinética en París 1950-1975”). However, this is not all, because the museum is also an organizer of various types of cultural events. This is, among other things, the series of meetings with artists “Architect’s workshop” (La mesa del arquitecto), devoted to art and architecture, which are organized every month and will last until May, started in September last year. The Museum also devotes attention to social issues, which is why from February 18 to 22, films related to the LGBT movement will be screened, aimed at making the Red Cross work more familiar to the audience for homosexual, bisexual, transsexual or intersex people. The museum’s authorities also focus on families with children – in addition to the screenings of family films, in the near future, on March 15 and 17, sessions of reading stories, stories for the youngest and those slightly older will be held.
– Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 20:00
– On Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 to 14:00
– Closed on Mondays
– Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 15:00
– Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
On 24, 25 and 31 December, 1 and 6 January, 1 May and on public holidays, Santa Faz and San Juan museum is closed. November 1, 19 March, Holy Thursday and Friday museum is opened according to the holiday schedule.
The entrance to the museum is free. In addition, it offers guided tours, that take place Tuesday to Friday and every afternoon of the week (except Monday). Visits are organized for school groups, university groups and individual organized groups. The requirement is to make a prior phone reservation under the number 965213156 or e-mail address educación@maca-alicante.es. However, it is worth remembering that on Sundays at 12:00 the museum offers guided tours, which do not require prior appointment (except for the first two Sundays of the month and all Sundays in August).