Palma is fast gaining a reputation for its galleries and exhibitions, and when Mallorca’s capital city ‘does’ art, it’s in its own inimitable style. Galleries are laid-back, collections are just the right size to offer good variety but without overwhelming you, and the curator’s love of this beautiful island tends to shine through, even when you least expect it.
The Museu Fundacio Juan March, Palma is home to a permanent collection of 70 works by some of Spain’s best-known artists including Picasso, Miro and Dali. Temporary exhibitions happen throughout the year. Sant Miquel, 11, Palma 07002; Website: www.march.es/arte/palma ; Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00 – 18:30, Saturday 10:30-14:00; Admission: free
Just a little way along the coast to the North (you can walk it from the Born area in 5-10 minutes) is the Es Baluard Museum of Modern Art. Opened in 2004, this gallery with a strong Balearic flavour has been neatly built into the Sant Pere bastion, part of the old city of Palma’s 16th century perimeter wall. Big names on display include Picasso, Cezanne, Gaugin and Miro, although the gallery’s real strength is displaying art that celebrates the Mediterranean, including works from some lesser-known local artists. Plaça Porta de Santa Catalina 10, Palma 07012; Website: www.esbaluard.org ; Opening Hours: Tues – Sat 1000h-2000h, Sun 1000h – 1500h, closed Mondays; Admission: general admission €6, temporary exhibitions €4; €4.50 and €3 respectively for over 65s, students and on Tuesdays, free for under-12s and on certain days throughout the year.
Just a little way South along the seafront, Sa Llotja (La Lonja in Castilian) is a small but atmospheric cultural centre that houses regular temporary exhibitions. This beautiful gothic building was the former home of the merchants’ guild, and dates back to the fifteenth century. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming events. Carrer de la Llotja de Mar, 2, Palma 07012; Opening Hours (only when exhibition on): Tues-Sat 1100h – 1400h and 1700h – 2100h; Sundays 1100h-1400h
Fundacio la Caixa is located in the middle of the city, in a modernist former hotel designed by renowned Catalan architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner which is a work of art in itself. There’s a permanent display of work by Hermen Anglada-Camarasa – an influential local artist – and a calendar of temporary exhibits and talks, some of which are outstanding. Plaza de Weyler, 3, 07001, Palma; Website: https://obrasocial.lacaixa.es/nuestroscentros/caixaforumpalma ; Opening Hours: Mon – Sat, 1000h – 2000h; Sun and public holidays 1000h – 1400h. Closed 25th December, 1st and 6th January
Photo Baluard: Flickr / Hywell Martinez