Fundació Es Baluard
Inaugurated on 30 January 2004 by Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain, Es Baluard Museu 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 Museu 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 Fundació Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani de Palma, 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 Fundació Es Baluard Museu 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 Museu Directors since 2004:
Teresa Pérez-Jofre Santesmases (Opening – February 2004)
Marie-Claire Uberquoi Lebrun (May 2004 – February 2008)
Cristina Ros Salvà (February 2008 – February 2012)
Nekane Aramburu (March 2013 – March 2019)
Imma Prieto (October 2019 – August 2023)
The functions of the Fundació Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani de Palma includes the conservation of the museum’s assets of cultural value, the promotion of knowledge, the diffusion of its heritage and the promotion of culture in general.