The MACBA more accessible with the support of Fundación Repsol

08.10.2014
Fundación Repsol and the Fundació MACBA have inaugurated this joint project which enables the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) to continue to improve accessibility to its exhibitions and activities by minimising the physical, cognitive and financial barriers.
Hall adapted to people with sensory impairment at the MACBA promoted by Fundación Repsol

Fundación Repsol and the Fundació MACBA have inaugurated this joint project which enables the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) to continue to improve accessibility to its exhibitions and activities by minimising the physical, cognitive and financial barriers. This project stems from the agreement signed by the President of the Fundació MACBA, Leopoldo Rodés and the President of Repsol and its Foundation, Antonio Brufau, in line with the two organisations’ commitment to promoting culture, and which will permit modern art to be brought closer to the public.

Thanks to Fundación Repsol’s support, the MACBA Accessibility Programme, which is based on the conviction that art eases and promotes social integration, has been deployed throughout the Museum and has a permanent exhibition room.

This space lets visitors access to modern art and offers them information about the artists and works in the MACBA Collection, as well as encouraging them to approach the works using all the senses. In the room, adapted to people with sensory impairment, ten recreations are exhibited that belong to the MACBA Collection and which enable visitors to experience art not only through vision, but also through touch, hearing and smell. These recreations have been prepared by the Museum’s Conservation and Restoration team, with the collaboration and participation of the creators of the original works who have supported the project.

The current exhibitions, as the MACBA Collection’s latest reinterpretation, La herencia inmaterial. Ensayando desde la Colección (The immaterial legacy. Teaching from the Collection), which opened in May, remove the barriers to increase the number of visitors who can enjoy the experience of art. To this end, they have showcases adapted to the height of wheelchairs, tactile sheets for understanding the composition of the works and posters in Braille.

The guided visits also incorporate resources to reach the different users in an appropriate manner. On the first sunday of every month, adapted visits are offered to the visually impaired public and on the third, to visitors with hearing impairment. The Museum’s educational programmes offer adapted visits to everybody with special needs.

Finally, the Accessibility Project also has a programme of discounts for people in risk of social exclusion, in which entry to the Museum and its activities is offered at a nominal price with the aim of reducing financial barriers through the Apropa Cultural programme.

This agreement reinforces the collaboration that has existed between the MACBA and Fundación Repsol since 2008, within the framework of which other activities have been carried out, such as the children’s workshops on Tapies.

Fundación Repsol also undertakes other projects in the field of inclusive culture.