Es Baluard Museu d'Art Contemporani de Palma convenes the Acquisitions Committee of 2020 with a representative of each patron of the Fundació Es Baluard, four professionals from the world of art who stand out for their career and knowledge of the sector and the Director and the Head of the Collection of the Museum for September 25, with an extension of the budget for the purchase of works of art that this year increases from 15,000 to 170,000 euros.
This increase arises from the support of the Delegation of the Presidency for Culture of the Government of the Balearic Islands, which contributes 140,000 euros to the item of acquisitions of the Museum, and the Department of Culture, Heritage and Language Policy of the Consell de Mallorca, which also expands it by 15,000 euros. The remaining budget of 15,000 euros belongs to the original item of acquisitions generated from the general budgets of Es Baluard Museu.
The Director of the Museum, Imma Prieto, explains that “facing the situation of social health crisis that we are experiencing this year, a line of work has been carried out focused on establishing a fruitful dialogue with the different patterns in order to support only in the Collection, but in the Balearic contemporary art sector. That is why the budget has been significantly expanded thanks to the support of the various institutions".
The Committee includes Francesca Tugores Truyol, representing the Government of the Balearic Islands, Gabriel Pons i Homar, the Consell de Mallorca, Aina Bauzà, Palma City Council, Margalida Tur Català, the Fundació d’Art Serra, the Director of Es Baluard Museum, Imma Prieto, and the Head of Collection, Soad Houman.
As for professionals in the art world, it will have two new additions such as Yolanda Romero, Head of Conservation at the Banco de España, and Tanya Barson, Head of Conservation at MACBA. In addition, Neus Cortés, a cultural manager specialized in contemporary art, and Enrique Juncosa, independent curator and former director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, will also take part.
In this way, Es Baluard Museu advances in its function of developing the Collection from an evolutionary interpretation enable one to observe the gaps and fissures and open up new critical debates beyond the hegemonic discourses of the history of art.
Artists, gallery owners and institutions have an open deadline to submit proposals until September 1. Proposals can be sent to the attention of the Museum's management by post or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), and must include a cover letter, detailed information on the works of art, color images, the economic estimate and value, as well as any other relevant information that may be taken into account.
The Collection of Es Baluard Museu d'Art Contemporani de Palma includes over 750 works dating from the late 19th century to the present day, and heritage responsibility is one of the institution’s clear fundaments and its primary basis.
The most important artists and movements that have in the past converged, and continue to converge in the Balearic Islands, displayed in relation to the national and international artistic contexts, comprise a rich, complex and continually-evolving body that gained shape after the first presentation of the collection on 2004, when Es Baluard Museu was opened.