The building consists of three floors, to be encountered by walking an enormous construction, best to be described as a staircase without steps which makes this very available for invalids, that leads us past the front made of glass that connects the outside with the inside. However, the surroundings are mostly new there are still some traces to be found of the modest apartments that surround the square. The exhibition spaces are used for temporarily exhibitions except the ground floor where the collection of the museum is shown.
In 2007 MACBA started the Program for Independent Studies named PEI. It is meant for generalizing knowledge and critical thinking in the arts, politics, and social field so the program is also meant for participants without an explicit artistic practice. Capitalism has reduced art to a structure of aesthetics’ for which these studies give a counterbalance which also includes conferences and open seminars for a broader audience where a mix-up can be found of artists, curators, and students because new generations also bring a different view.
As for the staff of the museum, there have been a lot of recent changes in the organization. Because of an unhappy situation in 2015 about a work with a complex meaning, a scenario of censorship occurred.
We end our visit with a preview of the exhibition of Maria Teresa Hincapié, which will be open to the public tomorrow evening for which we are all invited. Maria Teresa as being a Colombian artist is not well known in Europe and passed away in 2008. The exhibition is curated by Claudia Segura, who we meet before entering and still busy with the last things before receiving the press.