The new building rises on a plot of 1,141 m2 in total area, integrating the Casa de La Asegurada, one of the most sober examples of Valencian Baroque architecture. The MACA has 4,680 m2 of total built area and has four floors above ground and two basements, thus saving the great slope that exists between the rear elevation and the access level. The complex is a compact volume that preserves the height of La Asegurada on the main façade and on whose roofs some glass boxes open, an extension of the interior space. The building is resolved through the syncopated projection of horizontal and vertical spaces that create a diagonal looking for the zenith path of light.
LA COLECCIÓN ARTE SIGLO XX
The XX Century Art Collection, donated by Eusebio Sempere to the city of Alicante in 1978, is the basic pillar of this new Museum of Contemporary Art. It is made up of 177 works, including paintings, sculptures and graphic works by 117 artists, covering a time span of almost 70 years, from the 1920s to the early 1980s, gathering a long, highly-selected list of great artists of the 20th century. It treasures authentic masterpieces, especially when representing the movements and the main names in Spanish art, and that is where it reaches its highest peaks. With a vocation for internationality, the Collection effectively expresses the aesthetic sensibility of its creator, an exquisite personal taste and, above all, his vision of the future. In this truly splendid selection of pieces, some of the most important creators of our century are represented: Picasso, Braque, Julio González, Juan Gris, Gargallo, Delaunay, Arp, Cocteau, Chagall, Giacometti, Miró, Dalí, Max Ernst, Calder, Bacon, Matta, Fautrier, Clavé, Tàpies, Chillida, Millares, Saura, Vasarely, Agam, Soto, Rosenquist, Oldenburg, Rauschenberg, Adami, Dine… among others. But it is in the realm of 20th century Spanish art, where we find the best works in the Collection and a more extensive list of trends, movements and significant groups of avant-garde art in our country with works by Alberto Sánchez, Ferrant, Palazuelo, Guerrero, Viola, Feito, Rivera, Canogar, Juana Francés, Pablo Serrano, Alfaro, Guinovart, Ràfols Casamada, Hernández Pijuán, Farreras, Manrique, Mompó, Torner, Rueda, Zóbel, Lucio Muñoz, Equipo Crónica, Julio López Hernández or Genovés, among others.
EUSEBIO SEMPERE COLLECTION
The Eusebio Sempere Municipal Collection is made up of the works of the Alicante artist that the Alicante City Council has acquired from 1996 to today. There are 101 pieces including drawings, paintings, sculptures and graphic work. Chronologically, this set of works covers a very extensive period of Sempere’s production: from the early 1940s (drawings and oils), then through the first modern works that the artist made in Paris in the 1950s (a wide selection of watercolors and gouaches), continuing with the panel paintings of the 60s, so characteristic of his production, and sculptures in iron and chromed steel, typical of his work in the 70s. It also includes an important selection of serigraphs and lithographs, the most singular of his graphic work. It is a collection that traces the creative evolution of one of the most interesting personalities on the Spanish art scene in the second half of the 20th century. It is also a true tribute to Sempere, the protagonist of one of the most generous acts for the city of Alicante: the donation of his art collection… a lifetime.
JUANA FRANCÉS COLLECTION
The Juana Francés Collection of the Alicante City Council is the result of the Testamentary Legacy of the artist born in Alicante. She herself wanted that, at her death, the total of her work be divided into four parts destined for four Spanish cities: Zaragoza, Madrid, Valencia and Alicante, provided that there was a Museum of Contemporary Art in them. The collection is made up of 134 pieces. Chronologically, the works cover a creative period that goes from the first figurative works of 1950/55 to 1990. This set of pieces by Juana Francés is interesting and representative since practically the entire evolution of the artist is followed through it; from the initial training works, at the beginning of the fifties, to his most genuine later works, exponents of his peculiar style, gestural, material and conceptual. It also includes numerous sketches, proofs of print runs, and numbered and unnumbered copies.