MARCO (Museo de Arte Contemporánea), Vigo

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The Museum of Contemporary Art, Vigo is an art museum in Vigo, Spain. It displays changing exhibitions of contemporary art, but has no permanent collection.The building dates from the 19th century, originally having been built as a public prison. Following a request for a new prison, the Ministry allowed the construction of the building, on May 16, 1861. This project was carried out by the architect José María Ortiz y Sánchez. The building, which was supposed to be a simple jail but eventually became a courthouse with courts, prisons and a small shelter for the guards, was completed in 1880.A century later, the city council considered demolishing the building to create a leafy square in its place, but after a strong rejection of this new project by the architect Alvaro Siza Vieira and Javier Sainz de Oinza and the History Professor From Madrid High School, Pedro Navascués Palacio, this idea was abandoned. On 6 October 1990, the Directorate General of Heritage of the Galician regional government declared the building as a Cultural Property.In 1995, a new cultural project with the objective of rehabilitating the building and transforming it into a contemporary art museum was approved. The work was commissioned to a team of architects formed by Salvador Fraga Rivas, Francisco Javier García-Quijada Romero y Manuel Portolés Sanjuán. Years later, after refurbishment costs of 2 million Euros, the museum was opened in 2002 under the name of "MARCO"
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  • It excited me not at all, and is that you being free / gratis, as you lose all interest. What it costs, is not valued. Sorry to see it as well.
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  • In a beautifully re-modeled building in curving stone and wood we saw some fine collections, although all the displays are temporary as the museum doesn't have it's own collection. There is a wonderfu...  more »
  • On the basis that I love contemporary art, the truth is that I can hardly understand the selection that you normally find in the framework. It is true that there are permanent funds that are worth (without being masterpieces) but the temporary exhibitions are sometimes required to run. Would you recommend to visit him? Yes, because it is free and is in the heart, but come on... If you miss you nor martirices.
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  • A good and free urban museum in an old prison in Vigo's main shopping area.
  • Great contemporary art museum. Free admission. Exhibition are renewed every season.
  • Former prison reconverted to museum, free admission, recommended visit.
  • We couldn't go because the hours weren't posted. If you post the hours, we can plan our day trip there from Portugal. Thanks.
  • Good meeting point for the local culture and makes from the outside. Good publications. Somewhat labyrinthine travel if not be conce q could improve with mounts exhibitions.
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