‘Palma de Mallorca’ – The art capital of the Balearics

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Home to a huge variety of year-round museums, intimate artist studios (many of which are open to the public) and stunning art galleries, Palma de Mallorca is the perfect Mediterranean getaway for travellers with a passion for art and culture, boasting a long and rich artistic history that has long established it as the cultural capital of the Balearic Islands.

To coincide with the new season, Palma 365 has rounded up just a selection of the museums and art events that make Palma such an intriguing and essential artistic hub.

The Miro Mallorca Fundació

Honouring the life and work of Catalan artist Joan Miró, the Miro Mallorca Fundació  is a ‘must-see’ for art enthusiasts in Palma, comprising both a museum featuring some of the finer pieces of Miró’s art collection, as well as the artist’s old workshop.

Designed by Miro’s friend Josep Lluis Sert, the workshop (connected to his house) became the artist’s main studio in 1956 and was where he created most of his work until his death.

In 2018, the museum will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with the re-opening of the ‘Taller’ with new content to further reflect the life and work of the pioneering Catalan artist and to show the studio exactly how it was before Miró passed away.

The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 to 18.00 and on Sunday from 10 to 15.00 and is closed on Mondays.  

For more information, please visit: www.miromallorca.com

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 The Museu Fundació Juan March

Located in a 17th century mansion in the heart of Palma, the exceptional Museu Fundació Juan March houses a small but important group of carefully selected pieces of 20th century art by artists that have played their part in defining contemporary art in Spain including the likes of Picasso, Miró, Juan Gris and Salvador Dalí.

Until 26 May the Fundació March will showcase a group of seventy-five pieces of art by Hans Hinterreiter, a Swiss artist who spent most of his life in Ibiza. The artist produced a singular collection of work focused on geometric shapes influenced by music and colour, which have become known as “images that flow”.

Entrance to the Museu Fundació Juan March is free and opening hours are from 10 to 18.30 from Monday to Friday, and 10.30 to 14.00 on Saturdays.

For more information, please visit: www.march.es/arte/palma

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Es Baluard

One of Spain’s most important museums of modern and contemporary art – featuring a collection of over 600 works of art, all linked to the Balearic Islands – Es Baluard is housed in a former military fortress dating back to the 16th century – one of the most impressive buildings in Palma.

The collection consists of paintings, sculptures and drawings by artists such as Cezanne, Gauguin, Picasso, Barceló and Scully.

Launching in April 2018, Es Baluard will feature a new exhibition called ‘Bernardi Roig. Films 2000-2018’, dedicated to the work of Mallorcan multimedia artist Bernardi Roig, known for exploring the portrayal of the human body with a variety of unconventional materials. The exhibition will feature pieces of his art created between 2000 and 2018, including three new and unseen productions that represent a step forward in the work of the artist.

The museum is open from Monday to Sunday from 8.00 until 12.00.

For more information, please visit: www.esbaluard.org

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Casal Solleric 

Located along Passeig Del Born, Casal Solleric is a stunning restored Baroque-style building and one of the last built during the 18th century.

Casal Solleric features ten rooms showcasing a permanent collection, alongside a variety of temporary exhibitions from artists such as Miró, Plessi, Casamada, Toni Catany and Joel Peter Witkin.

Casal Solleric is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11.00 to 14.00 and 15.30 to 20.30 and is closed on Mondays.

For more information, please visit: www.casalsolleric.palma.cat  

Rialto Living

Offering an alternative and quirkier venue for art-seekers, the Rialto Living is a lifestyle concept store located in an iconic 15th century building boasting high painted ceilings and intricate stone arches.

The store also harbours an intimate art gallery which features temporary art exhibitions offering art-lovers a peaceful place to admire the work of local and international artists.

Rialto Living is open from Monday to Saturday from 10.00 to 20.30.

For more information, please visit: www.rialtoliving.com

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La ‘Nit de l’Art’

Palma’s premier art event, taking place on the third Thursday of September, La ‘Nit de l’Art’ celebrates the start of the arts and culture season with museums and art galleries joining together to transform the city’s historic quarter into an art lover’s paradise, staying open and offering free entry all night long.

La Nit de l’Art is made special by the arts circuits created by art venues, alternative spaces such as cafes, bars, private apartments, historic buildings, where any artist can display their work for the public.

For more information, please visit: www.nitdelartpalma.com

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