The MACBA Foundation celebrates 30 years dedicated to cultural fundraising

The MACBA Foundation celebrates 30 years dedicated to cultural fundraising

Fecha de inicio: 
11 July 2017

The MACBA Foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Three decades of intense work focused on boosting the creation of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA) and supporting the construction of its Collection, as well as enhancing educational and social projects that bring contemporary art closer to its visitors.

On June 12th, we organized an event with the participation of the trustees and the representatives of the MACBA Consortium institutions, that took place in the Capella and the Convent dels Àngels.

The event was attended by the President of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Carles Puigdemont; The Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo; The Councillor for Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Santi Vila; and the second Deputy Mayor of the Barcelona City Council, Jaume Collboni.

The first part of the event began with a tour through the exhibition on Collection, guided by Ainhoa Grandes, President of the MACBA Foundation and Mr. Ferran Barenblit, Director of the museum, along with some of the trustees of the MACBA Foundation.

Then, an institutional event took place with several parliaments in the Capella. Ainhoa Grandes emphatized the work of the Foundation and “its important commitment, vision and dedication that made the constitution of the museum and the excellence of its collection a reality”; besides, she recalled that contemporary art is a “social good” and a tool to “understand changes and to encourage critical thinking”.

Carles Puigdemont said that “the successful model of the museum cannot be waived” and reaffirmed the commitment of the Generalitat. Jaume Collboni highlighted the city’s commitment to an “unfinished project initiated by Leopoldo Rodés, Pasqual Maragall and thousands of citizens” and, along with Santi Vila, they underlined the importance of the public-private management model of the MACBA Consortium.

The Minister made much of his speech in Catalan and praised the “restless, sensitive, passionate society opened to the world” of Barcelona. Mendez de Vigo spoke of the city’s predilection for the movements of Modernism, contemporaneity and avant-garde, standing out that the MACBA is “the son of all those sensibilities and avidity that have always characterized Catalan society”; last but not least, he referred to the Consortium as “a model of success”.

The event honored the fundamental work of its founder, Leopoldo Rodés, who succeeded in involving an important part of Catalan civil society to support the initiative. It was also appreciated the contribution of individuals and companies that, committed to the city and contemporary art, collaborate with the Foundation every year.