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MEAM – European Museum of Modern Art

Spain’s first contemporary figurative art museum

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An 18th-century palace with a Modernista portal is home to figurative and realist works from the 21st century. The European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), which presents an extensive collection of works by living artists, is located in the old Palau Gomis, a Neoclassical construction with a surface area of 1,700 m².

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Why visit the MEAM?

The European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) is an old palace that was reconstructed in 1792 by the textile merchant Gomis in the Ribera district, very close to the Picasso Museum. When Carrer de la Princesa was opened in the mid-19th century to link the old part of the city to the citadel, Palau Gomis was split into two halves, one on each side of the street.

In the early 20th century its rooms were remodelled and a new Modernista portal was built and in 2000 it was bought by a Dutch artist, whose remodelling and restoration of the piano nobile of the building won the FAD Award for Interior Design. In 2006 the architect and editor José Manuel Infiesta bought it to convert it into the European Museum of Modern Art.

The MEAM exhibits its own collections, mainly figurative and realist works structured into three categories: contemporary art from the 21st century, modern sculpture from the 20th century, and Catalan sculpture from the 20th century, in addition to other temporary exhibitions. The museum also organises presentations of international artists, music cycles, school visits, painting and sculpture workshops and many other events.


How do you get to the MEAM?

The MEAM is located at Carrer de la Barra de Ferro, 5, in the Born district. Hop off at the Barri Gòtic stop or the Pla de Palau – Parc de la Ciutadella stop on the Red Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic to explore El Born and reach the museum.


For the most curious of you

  • Did you know? During the Napoleonic invasion, General Lechi, who commanded the French troops, made Palau Gomis his home.
  • Local’s tip: Carrer de la Barra de Ferro is one of a number of small streets in the area that are full of craft shops. It is worth taking the time to discover them!
  • A must: To discover today’s realist art.