As part of the European Museum Forum, the Foundation has been on the verge of becoming the European Museum of the Year, an award that has finally won the Museum of the Mind in the Netherlands.
The Mas Miró Foundation has actively participated in the annual conference of the European Museums Forum, a body associated with the European Council, which was held from 4 to 7 May in Tartu, Estonia. The meeting was a recognition of the most important museums in the EU, including Mas Miró, which has been on the verge of becoming the European Museum of the Year, an award that has finally gone to the Museum of the Mind of Netherlands.
The awards ceremony, presided over by the President of Estonia, Alar Karis, took place on Saturday 7 May. The Mas Miró Foundation, which announced its candidacy last December, did not receive the award but received significant recognition only 4 years after its inauguration. The gala was attended by the President of the Foundation, Fran Morancho, who accompanied the team of Mas Miró represented by the Director of the Foundation, Elena Juncosa Vecchierini, and the Head of Activities, Quim Packard.
Previously, Juncosa and Packard had presented the Mas Miró project at this annual meeting that brings together the most prestigious museums in the European museum scene. During the Forum, the Foundation received praise and congratulations for its work in recovering the farmhouse and disseminating the work of Joan Miró, as well as for its work in disseminating the artist's intimate relationship with Mont-roig del Camp, the Catalan landscape and rural culture.
Due to the pandemic, this year's edition brought together the candidates for the years 2020 and 2021, so there were 60 museums that were eligible for this award. The jury valued the relationship with the public, the creative approach to education and social responsibility, as well as strategies to promote inclusion.
Among the winners were The Kenneth Hudson Award for institutional courage and professional integrity: Wayne Modest, Nanette Snoep, Laura van Broekhoven, Léontine Meijer-van Mensch; The Silletto Prize for community participation and engagement: Museu del Calçat I la indústria d'Inca; The Portimão Museum Prize for welcoming, inclusion and belonging: The University Museum of Bergen and The Meyvaert Museum Prize for sustainability: Holmegaard Værk (Danish Glass Museum).