The General Council of the Consortium of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona has appointed Elvira Dyangani Ose as the new director of the MACBA. Elvira Dyangani Ose studied Art History at the UAB. This Council has endorsed the proposal of the committee of experts, which has valued the winning candidacy's willingness to provide "an innovative look at the role of the museum on the local and international stage". The Council emphasizes that the candidate "meets all the requirements of the public call" and that, in terms of the merits to be considered, has obtained the best assessment to "maintain the prestige" of the museum as an international reference institution, develop a policy of exhibitions, activities and academic publications "of excellence" and continue to strengthen the MACBA Collection.
Dyangani Ose replaces Ferran Barenblit, who has been director of the MACBA for the past six years. The contract he signs is senior management and stipulates a duration of five years, renewable with the explicit agreement of the General Council. Born in Córdoba in 1974, the new president of the MACBA has a degree in Art History from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He also holds a Diploma in Advanced Studies in Architecture and has studied History and Theory of Architecture at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. She has also been a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History and Visual Studies at Cornell University in New York. Since 2018 she has been director and chief curator of The Showroom in London, as well as a professor of Visual Cultures. at Goldsmiths, University of London, since 2014, and a member of the Thought Council, Fondazione Prada. She has previously curated the Gothenburg International Biennial of Contemporary Art; curator of International Art at the Tate Modern in London; artistic director of Rencontres Picha - Lubumbashi Biennial, Democratic Republic of the Congo; curator of Contemporary Art and editor of Publications at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC) in Seville, and curator of Contemporary Art at the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM) in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.