Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art
History and museums
Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art (Spanish: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Alicante, MACA) is a municipal museum in Alicante that exhibits the 20th-century and contemporary art. Created in 1976 thanks to Eusebio Sempere, and reopened in 2011 after a major renovation, the museum now consists of three permanent collections of about 800 art pieces. The museum is located in Asegurada building, the oldest civil building remaining in the city.
There are three permanent collections at the museum on display:
Not all works from the collections are on display. Only one third of the Eusebio Sempere Collection is shown at a time with rotation each three-four months.
The museum building, in turn, is another example of modern art by Spanish architects Sol Madridejos and Juan Carlos Sancho. The modern building incorporates the original Casa de la Asegurada, which is the oldest civil building in Alicante that was built in 1685. Constructed originally as a granary it has also served throughout the history as jail, powder storage, school of commerce, and once as a temporary seat of City Hall. The original building is a notable example of Alicante's baroque architecture.