The Board of the Fundación Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma today approved the Plan of Action and the budget for 2017, which amounts to €2,158,835. The sum of the contributions from the Govern de las Islas Baleares, the Consell de Mallorca and Palma City Council for this budget is €1,375,000, distributed as follows: Govern de las Islas Baleares €550,000, Palma City Council €500,000 andConsell de Mallorca €325,000.
Moreover, in today’s meeting, the inclusion of the following members in the board was approved:
- For the Govern: Ruth MateuVinent (regional minister for Transparency, Culture and Sport), replacing Esperança Camps.
- For the Consell de Mallorca: Apol·lònia Miralles Xamena (regional minister-elect), replacing Mercè Bujosa.
- For Palma City Council: Llorenç Carrió Crespí (councillor for Culture, Heritage and Historical and Political Memory), replacing Miquel Perelló.
- For Fundació d'Art Serra: Rogelio Araujo Gil, replacing Sebastià Ginart.
The EsBaluard Plan of Action for 2017
Over the coming year, the museum will continue to develop the objectives and programmes established in "EsBaluard 2018", the museum’s strategic plan that covers the basic lines of action initiated in the year 2013, the analysis processes and programme validations carried out during 2014 and the development, implementation and plans for attaining the objectives set for a fundamental, four-year strategic period lasting until 2018.
In the same way, throughout next year EsBaluard will be concentrating on its consolidation as a centre for conservation and dissemination of modern and contemporary artistic heritage, working on the collection and what it means both in the Balearic context and internationally.
As a public service, the museum serves society and its development. For this reason, the area where it is located, in the city centre of Palma, will also be yet another work channel based on the cultural complex idea. A cultural complex in which the museum extends beyond its walls, and is a motor, radar and node: a living cultural network – the museum of the present time. In this regard, the two pillars to work on during 2017 are its collections and education: education and training, as well as publics, are at the permanent centre of an R+D which characterises the museum as an outstanding place for them.
Based on the idea that, as a quality public service, the constant rise in tourism enables us to see the increase and have to offer services that are also in harmony with the demand of these publics, next year projects like “Ciutat de vacances” acquire special sense; this project was created at EsBaluard in 2015 and has managed to work in a network with Arts Santa Mònica (Barcelona) and IED Venice with the support of Acción Cultural Española (ACE), as well as other institutions, which have gradually joined in order to be able to present the results in contexts of opportunity. In this regard, there will also be exhibitions focussing on promoting the review of work by artists like Teresa Matas and making it visible, or international conceptual art displays with works and creators hitherto unseen in the region.
The collaboration will also be with the closer surroundings, with the support for the 25th anniversary of the Fundación Miró or the construction of visibility projects in diverse geographies that enable the knowledge of our artistic practices or cultural heritage and the appreciation of them. One example is the new "Les Clíniques d'Es Baluard" course and all of the related actions.
Finally, EsBaluard considers that its function with regard to heritage – with its cataloguing and documentation, the continuation of the "Arxiu Balears" programme and thematic exhibitions – is essential both as a space for housing artworks and for investigating and disseminating them. In this regard, Es Baluard has two large areas that generate contents and propitiate its relationship with society – public and heritage – upon which the museum bases its sense and the directives of its actions.