Barcelona, 30 June 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
On 8 June 2011, the Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (MEAM) opened its doors to the public in Barcelona. The Fundació des Arts i els Artistes acquired 2,000 square meters at the Palau Gomis to build MEAM, an institution that aims to promote modern and contemporary art and defend figurative, realist and hyperrealist artists of all ages and origins.
The Museu is located next to the Museu Picasso, the Museu Babier-Mueller, the Museu Tèxtil i d’Indumentària, and the Museu Subirachs. The designers of MEAM have conserved the original architecture and decoration dating from 250 years ago. The edifice is situated in the Born neighbourhood. In 1971, Francesc Gomis, the owner of the building, commissioned architect Joan Garrido for the construction of the “house”. The current façade was added to the edifice in 1885, along with other changes in the main hall and the creation of a mezzanine. The space was renovated for the second time in 2002 in order to refit the different rooms and adapt them to properly house the Centro de Exposiciones de Arte Contemporáneo. The “house” was then purchased in 2005 by the Fundació les Arts i els Artistes.
The three collections of the museum comprise modern sculptures, Catalan sculptures and contemporary figurative art. The collection of modern sculptures includes 300 marble, baked clay and bronze pieces completed during the twentieth century. They are not exhibited at the moment. The collection of Catalan sculptures consists of modern and contemporary works by Catalan artists, which are not being displayed either. Finally, the collection of contemporary figurative art comprises 272 productions by figurative, realist, neo-realist and hyperrealist masters from all over the world.