The European Museum of Modern Art, better known as the MEAM, is housed in Palau Gomis, a beautifully restored 18th century Renaissance-style palace located among rows of historic buildings lining the enchanting narrow streets of El Born quarter, in Barcelona, Spain.
Since its opening in 2011, the MEAM’s goal is to encourage and support contemporary expressions of figurative art articulated in present-day skill-based language. It differentiates itself from other modern art museums by actively supporting living realist and representational artists, functioning as an important and increasingly influential counterweight against the myopic marketing of modernist art by governing tastemakers and art speculators.
The director and founder of the MEAM, architect José Manual Infiesta, is passionate about pursuing a change in society’s prevalent ideas surrounding contemporary art, eloquently described in his powerful manifesto — an interesting and compelling read.
Infiesta has been exceptionally successful in building up a sublime collection of contemporary figurative art, with regularly changing painting and sculpture exhibitions, concerts, workshops, as well as organizing Figurativas, the celebrated biannual painting and sculpture competition which attracts entries from around the world. The museum’s red-carpet inaugurations are spectacularly elegant yet intimate and enriching. These are calendar highlights where artists and art lovers from all over the world congregate, connect, find real friendship, and celebrate Art. Together with his welcoming staff, Infiesta has turned the MEAM into a place of pilgrimage.