Museum

Organization

Es Baluard Foundation

Established on 30th January 2004, Es Baluard currently possesses an important reserve of contemporary art by creators who are either from the Balearic Islands or related to them in some way. As well as exhibiting the works that comprise its collection, Es Baluard holds temporary exhibitions. Since being established, it has held exhibitions of works by artists such as Rebecca Horn (2004), Fabrizio Plessi (2004), Picasso (2006), Jaume Plensa (2006), Andy Warhol (2006), Joan Miró (2006 and 2008), Santiago Rusiñol (2007), Anselm Kiefer (2009), Robert Mapplethorpe (2009), Joana Vasconcelos (2009), Juan Uslé (2010), Alberto García-Alix (2010), Eduardo Arroyo (2011), Christian Boltanski (2011), Amparo Sard (2014) and Thomas Hirschhorn (2016), among others.

The museum is managed by the Es Baluard Foundation, the members of which are the Government of the Balearic Islands, the Island Council of Mallorca, Palma City Council and the Fundació d’Art Serra. In 2008, the Acquisitions Committee was set up, a body comprised of experts from within and external to the museum, with the aim of enlarging the collection. The collection managed by the Es Baluard Foundation is comprised of works owned by the foundation, those ceded by patrons and works from private collections, all of them distinguished by the fact that they are by artists related to the Balearic Islands.

Thus, the Es Baluard Foundation collection is made up of works created by artists associated to the most significant international tendencies that have appeared since the late 19th century – Hermen Anglada-Camarasa, María Blanchard, Norah Borges, Joan Miró, Robert Motherwell, Jorge Oteiza, Picasso, Santiago Rusiñol, Joaquín Sorolla  and Antoni  Tàpies, among others- right up to our own time – for example, Ignasi Aballí, Miquel Barceló, F. García Sevilla, Rebecca Horn, Shirin Neshat, Jaume Plensa, F. Plessi, Bernardí Roig, Francisco Ruiz de Infante, Amparo Sard, Antoni Socías and Joana Vasconcelos.

Es Baluard Directors since 2004:
Teresa Pérez-Jofre Santesmases (Opening – February of 2004)
Marie-Claire Uberquoi Lebrun (May of 2004 – February of 2008)
Cristina Ros Salvà (February of 2008 – February of 2012)
Nekane Aramburu (March of 2013 – Present)

Board of Trustees

The Board of the Fundación Es Baluard is comprised of the public institutions that participated in the construction and launching of the museum: Govern de les Illes Balears, Consell de Mallorca, Ajuntament de Palma and Fundació d’Art Serra.

The Board’s functions include those of guaranteeing the foundation’s objectives, exercising control over the foundation, approving its budget and acting as a bridge between the foundation and society.

Board of Trustees at January 2017

Honorary President

His Majesty King Juan Carlos

Founding President

Mr. Pere A. Serra Bauzà

President

Mr. José Hila Vargas
Mayor of Palma

Vice-president

Mr. Francesc Miralles Mascaró
First vice-president and executive regional minister for Culture, Heritage and Sports of the Consell de Mallorca

Members of the Board

Ms. Francina Armengol i Socias
President of the Govern de les Illes Balears

Ms. Ruth Mateu Vinent

Regional minister for Transparency, Culture and Sports

Ms. Catalina Cladera i Crespí

Regional minister for Finance and Public Administrations

Mr. Francesc Miralles Mascaró

First vice-president and executive regional minister for Culture, Heritage and Sports of the Consell de Mallorca

Mr. Iván Sevillano Miguel

Regional minister-elect of the Consell Insular de Mallorca

Ms. Apol·lònia Miralles Xamena

Regional minister-elect of the Consell de Mallorca

Mr. José Hila Vargas

Mayor of Palma

Mr. Llorenç Carrió Crespí

Councillor for Culture, Heritage, Historical Memory and Linguistic Policy of Palma City Council

Ms. Joana Mª Adrover Moyano

Councillor for Tourism, Commerce and of Palma City Council

Mr. Pere A. Serra Bauzà

President of Fundació d’Art Serra

Ms. Carmen Serra Magraner

Vice-president of Fundació d’Art Serra

Ms. Ana Rullán Estarellas

Fundació d’Art Serra

Nekane Aramburu, Director Image mail

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Nekane Aramburu is a cultural manager and curator, a graduate of Art History with a master’s degree in Museology, who has broad-reaching international experience linked to contemporary creation. She is a specialist in the analysis of management and construction of cultural policies and visual production. In the past, she invigorated collections and museums including for the museums’ network of the Diputación Foral de Álava and the Fundación Kutxa, and for centres such as Espacio Ciudad (Vitoria- Gasteiz), for which she was responsible from 1999 to 2010.

Ever since starting out, in parallel to her work on the management of museums and institutions, she has been interested in culture as a laboratory for exploration, comprehension and mediation of contexts and material and intangible heritage, based on tentacular projects set between unconventional spaces and the museum. Thus, she has developed specific projects as a specialist in electronic art and in independent collectives and spaces, delving deep into extensive studies such as Archivos colectivos: Historia y situación actual de los espacios independientes y colectivos de artistas en España 1980 hasta 2010 (Ministry of Culture), Caras B del videoarte en España (Berlin / Dakar / Bangkok / Seoul / Sidney/ Prague or Gaur(sic) (London / Managua /Costa Rica /Honduras /Cordoba, Argentina / Santiago de Chile, Albi / France with Aecid/Instituto Etxepare). As a curator, she has worked both on retrospectives and on research and themed exhibitions.

As a result, she has conceived and directed exhibition projects, mediation platforms such as seasonal cycles and seminars focussing both on general education and on specific training. An editor and the author of over forty books, she has been a consultant for several different institutions and entities, and a member of juries at international events.

She was selected by public tender to be director of Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma (Palma de Mallorca) in March 2013, a post she currently holds, along with that of artistic director and curator of the museum’s main exhibitions.

The core themes of her programme are museographic reorganisation, that of the collection and the spaces of Es Baluard, positioning the museum as a nodal cultural complex and a cutting-edge radar in the Balearic Islands based on networking, giving rise to a public/private management model in harmony with what is today’s museum system, having an impact on the construction of culture and training from the public sphere, in collaboration with synergies and diverse collectives, and developing a line of exhibitions of theses and programmes that are coherent with contemporary thought and context.

Organization chart

Director
Nekane Aramburu Image email icon
Administrator
Toni Torres Image email icon
Artistic department          
Conservation
Soad Houman Image email icon
Rosa Espinosa
Exhibitions
Catalina Joy Image email icon
Irene Llàcer
Educational development, training and public programmes
Eva Cifre Image email icon
Irene Amengual
Activities
Pilar Rubí Image email icon
Communication
Alejandro Alcolea Image email icon
External relations
Aina Crespi Image email icon
Administration
Daniel Rebassa Image email icon
Marga Ferrer Image email icon
Director's PA
Clara Llompart Image email icon
Shop
Paz Montesinos Image email icon
Núria Jover
Maintenance
Francisco Medrano Image email icon
Andreu Verd
Gregorio Daureo
Visitor service / ticket office    
Visitor service
Perico Gual Image email icon
Ticket office
Maria Gayà Image email icon
Ana Huertas
Publics Mediation
Marta Fernández Image email icon

External service companies

Cleaning: Top Clean Baleares SL
Surveillance / Security: Transportes Blindados SA
Gallery assistants: Atese Atención y Servicios SL