The architects Sol Madridejos and Juan Carlos Sancho, authors of the MACA, already outlined a proposal that includes an access to the museum through Jorge Juan Street, which would cross the Plaza de Santa María and reach the warehouses, and the construction of a Annex space at the rear of the building. It will be this project from which we will work, as stated by the Councilor for Culture, Antonio Manresa, since these are the two initiatives “in which we are going to work with this project.”
The intervention in the back of the MACA, affirms the mayor, involves working together with the Housing Board, which Years ago he designed a parking lot and a social housing building for that area. “The important thing is that you have this item to develop the project that has been a demand for many years and the details will be seen.”
The commitment of the mayor, Luis Barcala, for this cultural need, has been key, according to Manresa, to take this step. «Both the donation and the renewal of the agreement, of great importance for the city of Alicante, have made it unavoidable for us to tackle the expansion of MACA, which is already one of the main museums of contemporary art in Spain and which we want to consolidate in order to raise the level of the cultural offer of the city ».
And in reference to the collection of Michael Jenkins and Javier Romero, he highlights “the potential and value of this collection, a current and future reference for contemporary art and which will contribute in an essential way to place our cultural offer at a national and international level” .
For the mayor, “culture, works of art, in addition to the immense value they have for themselves, are also vital to boost economic activity in a sector as vital to us as tourism.”
The MACA curator, Rosa Castells, considers that the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art was born in 2011, taking over the old Museum of La Asegurada, its collections and its spirit. «The expansion of the architectural space and the provision of services of the new MACA it took into account the then existing collections, including a possible growth of them, but not all those that have been added over time until today, enriching them ».
In this sense, he assures that the exhibition space “is used to the maximum and there are no more rooms than those that exist now occupied with only a very small part of what exists in warehouses. Only around 15% of the funds are exposed ”.
The arrival of the Michael Jenkins & Javier Romero Collection highlights «The essential and urgent need» to search for new spaces “Both for the exhibition and for storage with security and guarantees, as well as spaces for activity around it.”
For Castells, it is «impossible» that the MACA building «can accommodate anything else and it is necessary to reflect and make decisions about expanding the space both at the back on the Balseta street site and at the front in the Plaza de Santa María . And at the same time, or while that is happening, it would not be in vain to move part of the activity and the collections to a second location, in another part of the city: either, near the MACA building in the same historic center or outside the city. he. The arrival of this Collection serves as an excuse to undertake pending projects.
In addition, other unknowns remain to be solved. From how the transfer of the Jenkins and Romero collection from New York to Alicante is going to be financed to the museum plan of the future center, the destination of each space or what will be the budget of the new MACA, already insufficient for the current operation and precarious to manage a growing museum.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.