Es Baluard Museu d'Art Contemporani de Palma received 36,715 visits during the year 2021, which represents an increase of 48% in annual visitors compared to 2020. In this sense, the Museum stands out that the flow of the public began to recover from May until the end of the last four-month period with important increases during the summer months.
The most visited exhibition of the year was "Memory of Defence: Physical and Mental Architectures", which took place from March 26 to November 7, with 28,700 visits. This exhibition started from the fortress that surrounds Es Baluard Museum, designed four centuries ago by the Renaissance engineer Giovan Giacomo Paleari Fratino, to invite the public to reflect, from our contemporaneity, on the reasons why defense structures are built in our societies.
According to the Director, Imma Prieto, "despite the fact that we continue with some of the difficulties of the last year derived from the COVID-19 pandemic, we can say that the Museum is beginning to overcome the situation by improving its dynamics and attendance and achieving greater interest on the part of the visitors".
“At the same time, it is worth noting the absolute recovery that we have made with respect to the local public in a museum that had moved in high numbers due to the foreign public and because it was often counted from the entry in the historical context. For this reason, we focused exclusively on the tickets to the Museum. Also very important is the attendance of the local public to public programs, conferences and seminars, which has increased by approximately 85%”, she adds.
During the year 2021 the Museum has presented a total of 8 exhibitions, such as the new reading of the Collection "Personae: Masks Against Barbarism”, opened at the end of 2021 and which will accompany us until November 2022, the group exhibitions “Memory of Defence: Physical and Mental Architectures”,“The Parallel Utopia. Dreamt Cities in Cuba (1980-1993)” and "Let's see if… Experimental Poetry and Mail Art in Mallorca” and the individual exhibitions dedicated to Elena del Rivero, Rogelio López Cuenca and Elo Vega, Lara Fluxà and Toni Amengual.
Likewise, Es Baluard Museu continued to program different cultural and educational activities throughout the year. Thus, the Museum highlights "I-CorDes.Institute of Delocalized Corpologies”, a program that brings together leading professionals from the world of body research, different conferences and seminars based on the exhibitions program, the cycle of presentations “Let's Read Contemporaneity Together” and the continuation of visits and projects with educational centers, vulnerable groups and family audiences.