In a city full of artistic big hitters it’s easy to default to the might of Gaudí, Miró and Picasso. If, however, you’re the type to sniff out off-radar places and find unsung heroes, then MEAM is for you. Housed in an 18th-century palace in a narrow old-town lane, the museum is run by the non-profit Foundation for the Arts and Artists. This independence gives a mellow edge to the contemporary figurative art that lies at its heart. The first floor is a temporary exhibition space where you can creep around life drawing classes in the central salon. The top two floors house the permanent collection of paintings and sculptures. The whole effect is peaceful and intimate and there’s a feel of experiencing something intensely personal. As you leave the ancient lobby, look to your left and see the queues and timed entries to the Picasso Museum. Your choice.
European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM)An independent, intimate museum of figurative art
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