#15 MEAM (Museu Europeu d’Art Modern)

My name is Maria Villalba and I would like to adopt MEAM (Museu Europeu d’Art Modern).

Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (Photograph courtesy of MEAM)

Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (Photograph courtesy of MEAM)


Tell us a bit more about yourself

I live in Barcelona. I have a degree in Humanities (Arts and Social Science) specialized in literature and art and a Master on Cultural Management. For six years, while I was studying, I worked with one of the most important Catalan Cultural managers. At the present time I am working for a Cultural Centre for Women. I’m interested in art, museums, cinema, social media, creative initiatives, museums, their learning departments and people on the whole.

Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum
The MEAM (Museu Europeu d’Art Modern, or European Museum of Modern Art) is situated in one of the most well-known neighbourhoods in Barcelona. Recently inaugurated in June, it has a very promising future. Its main purpose is to exhibit contemporary figurative art. For its creators it’s important to highlight that contemporary art is not only abstract art. The museum is located in a renovated eighteenth century palace called Palau Gomis. The magnificence of the building is an important part of the museum’s beauty in the surprising collection. The moment you get in, the beauty of the stanza impresses you, as well as the charming manners of its employees. And delight yourself: a free cava glass with your ticket!

Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?
I’ve chosen this museum because it’s the most risky initiative I have seen in all my experience in cultural management. Their two main proposals are, on the one hand, to recognize the task of present contemporary artists that don’t only break with the classical
tradition. Figurative art is their expression and inspiration. In my opinion, besides that, MEAM should be accepted by the community because it’s an amazing place that includes in its collection the pieces of very young artists. Their nationalities? French, Spanish, Dutch, Chilean, Japanese… The average of them is 35 years old. MEAM works hand in hand with the “Art and artists” Foundation which organizes annual competitions for new artistic promises. What a great way to lay out in art! They are our future Picassos or Sorollas.

Why would you recommend people visit?
I have three reasons to recommend MEAM. Firstly, because of the beauty of its emplacement. On the second hand because it is necessary to back up these initiativesspecially in these times of crisis. Finally and most importantly, I think that it’s time to “rethink” museums. These don’t have to be conceived as “beautiful stores” where you can admire the most renowned names of the History of Art. Visitors should appreciate new artists and their means of communication. MEAM is the most relevant cultural bet made in Barcelona in the last years. To be an art lover is not just a pleasure, but also implies a commitment with the future of new artists.

How would you sum up your museum in three words?
Charming, generous, brave

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