MEAMMy rating: 4.5 stars+ A new and interesting museum on contemporary figurative art. You can get in without waiting in line and enjoy the art – my personal favorite!
- Nevertheless, my rating is still only 4.5 stars because the works themselves and the art genre in general are fairly specific and not for everyone. There’s also no audio guide or any kind of annotations to explain some of the art.
Last updated: 22 Jan 2019 | Celine Mülich
Audio guide: no Tours: Public tours: Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 a.m.; price 2 Euro Private Tours: 0034-933 195 693 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How to get there: L4 (yellow line): Jaume I
And what’s there to see?
On a little side road, right around the corner from the Picasso Museum, you’ll find a little gem of a museum, a real insider tip. While Picasso will make you wait, you’ll usually be able to enter this museum straight away.
Cross the little courtyard, go to the second floor, and discover modern Spanish and Catalan artists. Sure, these aren’t the big names (yet), but the MEAM collection is really, really good. The artists and museum are devoted to figurative art, so no abstract works here.
The MEAM’s entire concept is worth some discussion itself. For one, it’s a museum of modern art located in an old building that’s never really been modernized. That already gives it a lot of charm. And then there’s the music that plays lightly in the background – not at all something that I’ve seen very often. Also, the artists and the foundation work together directly.
You’ll find a wide array of art forms here – paintings, sculptures, photography, and some sketches, too. The topics are varied, too: social criticism, anti-war art, scenes of the macabre, and religious imagery, too. But the art is completely figurative, and not abstract.
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Photogallery of the MEAM
On the museum’s history
The museum was only opened in June of 2011, is part of the “Fundació de les Arts i els Artistes”, and a private foundation itself. This museum had some significant trouble beforehand due to external factors (such as the world economic crisis). In the end, however, due to the support of artists who banded together for the cause, the project could be seen to its end.
The MEAM was opened in the Palau Gomis in the Born district. Catalan culture is omnipresent in this part of the old city. So, ultimately, this museum combines tradition (in the building itself and the unrenovated rooms) and modernity (in the art on display). The MEAM specifically supports figurative art of the 20th and 21st centuries because this kind of art (and the artists who make it) is having a progressively harder time of finding museums that will put it on display because many modern museums are focusing on the abstract rather than the figurative.