The European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona will hold this exhibition until 2 April.

Barcelona - MAR 22, 2013

The MEAM (European Modern Art Museum) based in Barcelona, located in the old Palace Gomis, an important building of the eighteenth century, opened its doors in June 2011. Since its opening, the museum houses an interesting exhibition entitled Contemporary and Figurative Art of the XXI Century, which will run until April 2.

The building is located on Princesa Street, next to the Picasso Museum. It was built in 1792 and during all this time has undergone many changes in the original structure, until in 2006 it was acquired by the "Fundació de les Arts i els Artistes". The foundation conducted a major restoration of the entire building, resulting in the current museum, which today houses more than 250 works. The museum has a wide range of activities, such as concerts and conferences. 

The museum brings together the efforts of the Foundation, created in 2005 by the architect José Manuel Infiesta, author also of other renovations, such as the Picasso Museum. The exhibition represents a project that is in the museum itself, which is responsible for promoting and disseminating the works of contemporary artists who step out of the new lines of abstraction and opt for a figurative model in their works.

The collection showcases the work of these artists, national and international, including established professionals, mixed with other emerging where we see them all united under one common aspect: the figuration. Of course, not the only purpose, nor the only basis, but the bottom line with all the other answers that are offered today. The figurative to reach the work and the artist in a closer, more bearable and, above all, more conscious way.

© Jordi Díaz Almà, Generación 86, 2011

The exhibition, therefore, is based on the new ideas that bring new artists based on the importance of drawing above all. Thanks to this, the content that reaches the viewer is expressed in a "simple" way but without falling into banality. The museum has a large group of artists, all of whom have remained loyal to this trend, the great strength on which it is betting on.

Linked to this, is the crisis of the loss of the drawing, cause for which they are trying to fight, and that is present in all the exhibition, as all artists have a deep knowledge of the art of representation. One of the examples we can find is Jordi Díaz Almà, and his work Generation 86 (2011) winner of the Award of Figurative Painting and Sculpture, the Foundation organizes every year. In his work play an important role both the concept, as well as the subjective idea that the visitor can develop. This way the artist's impression come together with the subjective, playing with colors or where the characters are concentrated, creating an atmosphere in which the viewer feels accomplice, participant, and interested.

The highlight in this ongoing development of figuration, will take place in September this year in a great event: the creation of a drawing school where artists learn from the base, in addition to establishing a link with the viewer, who can see the work that they are creating during the visit. We are thus proposed a new concept, in which the visitor sees not only the end result, but the process of creation itself, which is offered as a sketch, a small rise in the art that is still taking shape.

Through these various elements, the museum aims to create a solid speech around figuration, represented in a project that covers all aspects. The conceptual basis underpinning the abstraction and similar trends for many is disappearing. The intention is to return to the traditional without being politically correct or strictly academic is a new style with rejuvenating air, embellished with a comprehensive stand, reasonable, and accessible for all audiences.


Alicia Isabel Hernández

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