UN SEGLE DE PAISATGISME A LES ILLES BALEARS
Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma in its desire to recover this artistic memory, it has organized the show “Un segle de paisatgisme a les Illes Balears” (A century of landscape painting in the Balearic Islands), curated by art historian and critic Francesc Miralles. This exhibition invites spectators to rediscover the wealth and singularity of landscape painting, while confirming the international vocation of this land.
With a selection of 45 works from collections in Latin America, Catalonia and the islands themselves, it includes 25 artists who arrived from different horizons: Catalans Sebastià Junyer, Santiago Rusiñol, Joaquim Mir, Eliseu Meifrèn and Hermen Anglada-Camarasa, Belgian William Degouve de Nuncques, Uruguayan Pedro Blanes Viale, Mexican Robert Montenegro and Argentineans Tito Cittadini, Atilio Boveri, Francisco Bernareggi and Cesareo Bernardo de Quirós. All were Modernist or Post-impressionist artists, who together with island painters such as Antoni Gelabert, Joan Fuster Bonnín, Anroni ribas Oliver and Llorenç Cerdà, among others, each contributed to renovating landscape painting with his own personal stamp, thus writing one of the most important chapters of Balearic cultural life.
According to the organiser Francesc Miralles, this exhibition sets out to be “a thesis with a firm content”: "Majorca has been a determining influence in shaping Spanish landscape painting, and to a lesser degree, landscape painting in some parts of South America. That is to say, it is not just a case of gathering together a series of works that are impressive to a greater or lesser degree, but rather to underline the importance that Majorca has achieved within Spanish painting. While Madrid focused on historical and costumbrista painting, Catalonia opted for nature; all the Catalan painters discovered in Majorca something more than mere subject matter, rather a way of conceiving the landscape. From then on, a lyrical vision of nature spread, that was to leave its mark on the history of landscape painting". To demonstrate this fact, the exhibition draws on fifty or so works spanning the period roughly between 1850 and 1950.
Location-Hall: Floor 0
Production: Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma and Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo (CAM-Obras Sociales)