Es Baluard is a museum of modern and contemporary art and one of most important of its kind in Spain. Located in Palma and inaugurated in 2004, this great museum of the Balearic Islands has a collection of over 700 modern and contemporary artworks by artists either from the Islands and/or of international renown. Es Baluard is a catalyst and a vehicle for history, contemporary trends and education. The educational programs take place through exhibitions, activities and training cycles, as well as a living laboratory for current creative practices.
The museum’s main mission focuses on the functions that give meaning to the word “museum”. That is, to preserve, document and promote the heritage linked to the collections guarded by Es Baluard, in order to consolidate and disseminate the patrimonial value of what is known as modern and contemporary art.
Inserted in things glocal, we understand culture with a commitment to that which is identitary from a perspective that is international, open, mutant, organic and porous, just as the Balearic Islands have been over their long history.
Currently, Es Baluard is embarking on a fundamental phase as an observatory and archaeology museum, of both the past and the immediate present from our privileged strategic position in the Mediterranean, which will reassess the culture of the Balearics and their international networks with an antenna and nodal function.
The museum, beyond its architectural setting of the “white box”-like exhibition space, offers new models for expanding culture consistent with the commitment to intellectual debate through collaborative strategies.
Contemporary creation has been and is the result of the collective. Building suitable cultural models for today’s world is only possible with a society involved in culture and comprised of active citizens who are interlocutors and participants.
At Es Baluard we believe that the refounding of museums calls for the implementation of horizontal management systems. To this end, the museum’s team is working on internal mainstreaming and, as a mechanism of a participatory organization, is working with associated groups and external collaborators, allowing permeability in the medium-term and long-term processes.
As a public service entity, Es Baluard focuses every day on Research and Development (R&D) based on the optimisation of resources and excellence of our services, both in innovative management and the quality of the contents, focusing mainly on:
a) Research of collections in museum custody and stages that are not represented, solving historiographical gaps and developing knowledge of them.
b) Promoting educational interaction and continuous training.
The museum is a common asset and should be a paradigm of respect for equality on all levels, as well as for the rights of living beings, in order to contribute to a more sustainable and supportive planet, whilst maintaining environmental resources and ecology through education in the areas of civic values, social commitment and culture. Attentive as we are to the future of society, we wish to contribute to open networking based on transparency as an ethical principle.
There are few things as solid and permanent as the walls of museums and their contents. However, frequently they are only places of transit. The museum is not what is real. And yet, the time and space of the museum, as an intangible constellation and polymorphic archive, belong to everyone. Their resonances are infinite. At Es Baluard, we work to make this possible.
Nekane Aramburu, director.