What to see in Alicante
The Alicante Contemporary Art Museum, popularly known as the MACA, is one of the most modern in Europe. It houses one of the largest collections of contemporary art in Spain.
Located in the historic centre of the city, in what was the headquarters of the old Asegurada Museum, a Baroque-style building, the MACA opened its doors in March 2011 as part of an ambitious project by the famous architects Juan Carlos Sancho and Sol Madridejos.
The MACA houses a fabulous collection of works of art, especially by great artists of the 20th century. It has a total of 177 pieces that include paintings, engravings, sculptures and graphic works by more than 110 world-renowned artists, including Picasso, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Juan Gris, Vasili Kandinsky, Francis Bacon, Pablo Serrano, Víctor Vasarely, Rauschenberg, Rafael Soto and Christo.
Some of the exhibition rooms are designed to exhibit and disseminate the works of great Alicante artists such as Eusebio Sempere. The exhibits are made up of more than 500 pieces representing various techniques ranging from gouache on paper to mobile sculptures. It also has another room dedicated to Juana Francés, an important artist from Alicante, with a valuable collection of 134 pieces.
In addition to its permanent exhibitions, MACA has traveling exhibition halls, workshops, cultural events and conferences that have garnered enormous attention from local residents, tourists and a large number of academics and lovers of fine arts worldwide.