The ``European Museum of Modern Art`` (MEAM)
The European Museum of Modern Art is the first museum exclusively dedicated to the exhibition and promotion of art based on contemporary figuration. It belongs to the Foundation of Arts and Artists, whose purpose and main project is the promotion and dissemination of figurative art of the 20th and 21st centuries.
The common aim of MEAM and BAA is to find a new contemporary style that does not renounce tradition, but rather emerges from it in order to make a leap forward in the new century.
The MEAM is currently located in the Palau Gomis, an old 18th century palace, which was built by the merchant Gomis in 1792, in the Born neighbourhood of Barcelona. It is a neighbourhood where culture is ever-present and which reflects all the charm of the old town, an area that has managed to unite tradition and modernity and which has become a must for tourists interested in monumental Barcelona and its museums.
MEAM differs from other contemporary art museums in that it supports artists who practice figurative art. These works are not usually exhibited in other museums, foundation collections or institutions more dedicated to the abstract, for which the concept of contemporaneity is identified more with experimentation, abstraction, video art, etc.. The museum presents an extensive collection of contemporary figurative painting and sculpture, including 230 large-format works by living artists who have made their work in the 21st century.
The “Foundation of Arts and Artists”
The “Foundation of Arts and Artists” was created in December 2005 by architect José Manuel Infiesta and is officially based in Barcelona. The main purpose of the Foundation is the promotion and dissemination of art at all levels. The subject of this Foundation is figurative art and more specifically, the art of the late 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
This project rests on several legs:
The first of these was the 2006 Figurativas painting and sculpture competition, which was held annually initially and then every two years, with the aim of making it the most important gathering of artists from all over the world.
Then came the opening of MEAM in 2011, the first museum in Europe dedicated exclusively to contemporary figurative art, and which is a permanent installation.
The third was the deal to create the Barcelona Academy of Art, the first Spanish academy dedicated to teaching artistic practices according to aesthetic canons prior to the 20th century.
The next step has been to work for the internationalisation of this project around the world, in an attempt to reach, thanks to the possibilities offered by the Internet, all artists, without distinction of origin, age or country, who want to be part of this ambitious future project.