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Es Baluard
Established January 30, 2004
Location Porta de Santa Catalina, 10
Palma, Mallorca, Spain
Public transit access City Bus 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 46
Tourist bus 50

Es Baluard is the museum of modern and contemporary art of Palma, Majorca, Spain.

Founded on 30 January 2004, Es Baluard exhibits an important collection of contemporary art, of Balearic artists or made by those related somehow to te Balearic Islands. In addition of showing the pieces that form the museum's permanent collection, Es Baluard celebrates temporary exhibitions. Since its foundation, Es Baluard has hosted works of Rebecca Horn (2004), Fabrizio Plessi (2004), Picasso (2006), Jaume Plensa (2006), Andy Warhol (2006), Joan Miró (2006 y 2008), Santiago Rusiñol (2007), Anselm Kiefer (2009), Robert Mapplethorpe (2009) and Joana Vasconcelos (2009), among others.

Fundació Es Baluard administers the museum. The foundation is formed by Govern de les Illes Balears (the Balearic Government), Consell de Mallorca (Mallorca Council), Ajuntament de Palma (Palma Municipal Council) and Fundació d’Art Serra. In 2008 was constituted the Acquisitions Comission, which is formed by internal and external experts with the aim of increasing the collection.



Museum Es Baluard is in a privileged place, the old bastion of Sant Pere, a 16th Century building on Palma's bay and designed by the italian engineer Giovan Giacomo Palearo Fratin ‘El Fratín’. The Museum area is 5.027 square meters, half of them for exhibition. Architects Jaime and Luís García Ruiz, Ángel Sánchez-Cantalejo and Vicente Tomás are the the enlargement's authors.

The collection

One of Es Baluard's hall

Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma’s collection includes works by the major artists and movements that have converged and are converging in the Balearic Islands since the inception of the twentieth century until today and relates them to works from other artistic contexts in Spain and abroad.

Starting at the time in which pictorial modernism spurred the renovation of landscape painting in Spain and a large group of primarily Catalan painters –Joaquim Mir, Santiago Rusiñol, Hermen Anglada-Camarasa, Joaquín Sorolla and Antoni Gelabert-, coincided in Mallorca, and following with a tour of the avant-gardes up to the major movements of the mid-twentieth-century – with artists such as Picasso, Joan Miró, Fernand Léger, René Magritte, Picabia, Van Dongen, Nicolas de Staël, Juli Ramis, Poliakoff, Wifredo Lam, among others - the Es Baluard collection lays special emphasis on the artistic currents of the second half of the past century and early years of the twenty-first century. In this sense, it covers the broad diversity of contemporary languages: from painting and sculpture to drawing, photography, video and installations with works by Marina Abramovic, Miquel Barceló, Jim Bird, Christian Boltanski, José Manuel Broto, Miguel Angel Campano, Ramon Canet, Maria Carbonero, Anthony Caro, Toni Catany, Alberto García-Alix, Rebecca Horn, Ñaco Fabré, Anselm Kiefer, Imi Knoebel, Jorge Mayet, Joan Morey, José María Sicilia and Juan Uslé, etc.

The Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma collection contains works acquired by the museum each year with the assessment of the Acquisitions Commission (which includes in-house and external experts), works from the institutions that make up the Board (Govern de les Illes Balears (the Balearic Government), Consell de Mallorca (Mallorca Council), Ajuntament de Palma (Palma Municipal Council) and Fundació d’Art Serra, temporary loans from other institutions, businesses, artists and private collections and donations that adhere to the collection’s criteria in all cases.


  • Anselm Kiefer. Works from Collection Grothe
  • Power Food
  • Study: Mallorca and the Landscape's Renovation
  • Robert Mapplethorpe
  • Ilya & Emilia Kabakov. Under the snow
  • Juli Ramis visits Picasso, Marie Laurencin, Wifredo Lam, Wols, Archie Gittes, Joan Miró, André Masson, Nicolaes de Staël, Poliakoff, Fautrier.
  • Joan Cortés. Memòria de l'aigua (Water's Memory)
  • Crossed Landscapes. Views of Es Baluard's Collection
  • Joana Vasconcelos. Garden of Eden #2
  • Light Messages. Chema Alvargonzález, Daniel Canogar, Bernardí Roig
  • Jason Martin. Nomad
  • En privat 1
  • Francesca Martí. Echoes
  • 80 and Driftings. Glimpses of Es Baluard Collection
  • Animar-te. 20 años de animación por ordenador en la UIB
  • Joan Miró. Posters
  • Santiago Calatrava
  • Century of Landscape Painting in the Balearic Islands
  • Rusiñol, Passion for Mallorca. From Luminism and Symbolism to the Japanese Print
  • Aporia
  • Antonio Calvo Carrión
  • M+M Collection. Passion for Photography
  • Mallorcan Landscapes. The Es Baluard Collection
  • Joaquim Mir torna a Mallorca
  • Joan Miró and Ubú's World. Ubu aux Baléares
  • Amidament de Joan Coromines by Perejaume
  • Jerusalem. Installation by Jaume Plensa
  • La paraula pintada (The Painted Word)
  • Picasso and Books. Bancaja Collection
  • Andy Warhol
  • The Games and Paths of Joan Brossa
  • Erró. Retrospective. 1958-2004
  • Planning Shapes. Contemporary Sculptures in the Mallorca Collections
  • Becthold 80. Beginnings and Recent Work
  • Light Imprisoned int the Belly of the Whale. Rebecca Horn
  • I lavatoi dell’anima. Fabrizio Plessi
  • The multiplied gesture: ceramics of Picasso

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Coordinates: 39°34′15″N 2°38′30″E / 39.57083°N 2.64167°E / 39.57083; 2.64167



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