If you are interested in stunning modern art then you should definitely include the MEAM - the Museu Europeu d'Art Modern - in your visit plan. The museum, housed in the beautifully renovated Palau Gomis, displays changing exhibitions and more than 1,700m² of space - first-class collections of 20th and 21st-century modern fine arts.
The Museu Europeu d'Art Modern (MEAM) was newly opened in June 2011 in the lovingly restored Palau Gomis. Without a doubt, the Museum of Modern Art of Europe is one of the most successful new openings in Barcelona's diverse museum landscape.
The presentation of the collections of European modern art of the 20th and 21st centuries is unique: the more than 250 years of history that the venerable walls have experienced seem to be in contrast to the modern art it houses. Nevertheless, the presentation of the collections gives the impression that the old and the modern belong together here and form a unity, even a symbiosis.
MEAM does not exhibit abstract art. The museum and the exhibiting artists are attached to the figurative art movements. The range of the exhibited works is wide: it ranges from paintings, sculptures, photographs and drawings and the artists pick up on modern and current topics such as wars, social criticism and also religious topics.
The MEAM is run by the Fundació de les Arts i els Artistes, a privately funded foundation. Their purpose is to promote the performing arts of the 20th and 21st centuries. The claim of the MEAM is the realization of a new and contemporary language, which does not deny traditions and dares to leap forward into the 21st century.
Part of the special concept of the private foundation is that the artists support the museum and have room for their works. The background to this are the consequences of the economic and financial crisis, which made the financial benefits scarce.
The narrow alleyway in which the Renaissance building is located seems to pass seamlessly into the approximately 10-metres-high and elegant entrance hall of the house. From there, a noble staircase leads to the first floor of the exhibition space in the Belle Etage of the house.
This first exhibition, "Modern Art of the XXI. Century", presented at the MEAM on three floors, shows photorealistic paintings and remarkable sculptures. It pays homage to all those artists who have come to work for the museum and now hope that their work will continue and will be recognized in the world. We are sure that they will succeed!
You will find the MEAM in Carrer Barra de Ferro, 5, a few steps from the Picasso Museum in the district El Borne. On the ground floor there is a café and a small museum shop offering merchandising items with motifs from the exhibition.
The Museu Europeu d'Art Modern is definitely worth a visit, even for people who are less inclined to modern art. The building has a very wonderful atmosphere, which is transmitted to the visitors: the art is presented in a modern way, but the building is hundreds of years old and has a venerable aura of tranquility and beauty. The art itself is impressive: looking at the works shown in the permanent exhibition one could assume that these are photos. But they are all paintings - photorealism, as you can not see it otherwise.
The concerts are a wonderful evening event with young and talented artists. The concert price includes admission to the museum, it is worth it to arrive about 1.5 hours before the concert in order to have some time for looking around.
The classical concerts at MEAM start at 18:00 on Saturdays.
Live Classic Concert at MEAM
The Blues-, Swing- and related style concerts at MEAM take place on Fridays at 18:00.
Blues, Swing and related style concerts at MEAM
The Damned Hellbillies at MEAM (Friday's Blues)
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Barra de Ferro, 5
Phone: +34 934 186 891
Metro: Jaume I. (L4)
Bus Turístic: Pla de Palau
The concerts in MEAM
Every Friday and Saturday, you can see the MEAM concerts with young and extremely talented artists: Fridays blues concerts and Saturday classical music concerts, each at 18:00. The ticket price includes admission to the museum.
You should plan about 1.5 hours to visit the museum.
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