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Brooklyn, New York
May 31, 2006
There were great interactive exhibits and vibrant modern works inside. The museum seemed to focus on lesser known artists, and seemed to take more risks than other modern art museums in the works it chose to showcase. Beyond being thought provoking, the exhibits were fun and playful and encouraged active participation. The museum also seemed to attract more locals and artsy types than many other museums with their steady flow of tourists. Go with an open mind and an appreciation for off-beat art.
I would definitely recommend this museum for its architecture and exhibits, especially if you appreciate modern art. However if you are looking for the most famous artists or more conventional museum the Museu Picasso might be more your speed.
From journal Backpacking Stop 2 - Barcelona
July 22, 2004
Inside, there's an internet connectivity area next to the reception/cashier area. The building's interior creates the feeling of spaciousness, but sometimes this seems to overwhelm what it's been built to contain. I did enjoy some of the works by conceptual masters that clearly were intended to provoke, amuse or just make the viewer think about what they had seen long after the moment of viewing. All the art dates from the late 20th century onward. Actually, there are three periods of modern art represented: the first one covers the forties to the sixties; the second spans the sixties and seventies; the third period is contemporary. Works by contemporary Spanish and Catalan artists like Antoni Tapies and Francesc Torres were among the most interesting. Even if you're not an art student or an expert on modern aesthetics, it's fascinating to be able to observe the changes of sixty-odd years in modern art: how artists have continued to push boundaries and definitions previously accepted, create new methods of discourse using multi-dimensional techniques or unusual objects, and just keep blurring the lines between so-called high art and low art. Seeing these changes placed together at Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art gives you an afternoon of insight into this, whoever you are.
From journal Barcelona: High Energy to Ultra-Relaxed
Tarrytown, New York
June 6, 2000
From journal Soaking up Barcelona, Spain