Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma presents «Permanent Collection», a new revision of the museum Collection through new stories based on dystopia, genres and the idea of interior and exterior landscape. Curated by the director of Es Baluard, Nekane Aramburu, can be visited from June 28, 2018 to January 6, 2019 on the first floor of the museum, activated by different activities and new research proposals.
With «Permanent Collection», the tenth revision of the museum’s collections since 2013, Es Baluard promotes research and analysis of artistic heritage, providing it with new readings and means of approaching society. Since the last revision of the Collection in 2016 to date, a total of 103 works have been included in the museum’s heritage, thanks to transfers from institutions and entities, work deposits from artists and private collectors, as well as donations and an acquisition.
The exhibition proposes three fundamental questions for the course of the recinte history of art: the supports, the genres and the landscapes. Regarding the media review, the exhibition reflects on the avant-garde of the 20th century through a total of seven works produced between 1963 and 1974 by Wolf Vostell, a German artist who pioneered video art linked to Mallorca in the 1990s, or the video installation Foresta di Fuoco (2000) by Fabrizio Plessi, which introduces visitors to the importance of experimentation in electronic art.
Likewise, gender and transgender readings are represented with works by artists such as Concha Jerez, Sylvie Fleurie, Nan Goldin, Dominique González-Foerster, Kimsooja, Eva Lootz, Doris Salcedo, Susana Solano and Yannick Vu. They are joined by a series of reflections on queer theories with the incorporation of a piece around Ocaña, a painter and performer captured by the camera of Gérard Courant, and the work of Mohammed Soueid with a portrait in the form of a documentary on transsexuality in Lebanon.
In addition, the knowledge of recent contemporary art also drives and refers to the revision of the natural or urban landscape or the idea of inside & outside so used as a resource in the history of art. Thanks to the inclusion of artists representing the international contemporary scene, the museum outlines new approaches, potentialities and ways of analysis with artists like Eduardo T. Basualdo, Miriam Cahn, Thea Djordjadze, Bouchra Khalili, Hasan Shariff, Valerie Snobeck, Sean Snyder or Eulàlia Valldosera.
As every year, the Fundació Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani of Palma approved in 2017 the entry of new works in the Collection in a deposit, donation and purchase regime. A selection of up to 50 pieces made by 36 artists of different nationalities and generations that trace and reinforce the multiple lines of contemporary creation.
In total, to this day the Collection accumulates 719 works of art. Among them, 18% corresponds to women artists. In figures, 269 of the works come from men and 49 from women.
In this sense, the museum claims and emphasizes the need to incorporate more women artists in public collections. For this reason, the new reading of the Collection has asked artists and private collections to loan works that help to reflect new stories from art stories to make them open to gender discrimination and boost the visibility of women and transgender artists by proposing speeches innovators that contribute to enhance their visibility and alter established hegemonic discourses.
From 2013 to June 20, 2018, 148 new pieces have been added. This is a figure that will be expanded in the coming months, with works approved in 2016 and 2017 and through the next commission that will take place in September of this year. A relevant amount, taking into account that we are still trying to recover the loss of acquisitions lost in 2012, recently reconstituted through an economic boost.
The Collection in figures
- In 2017 a total of 50 pieces made by 36 artists of different nationalities and generations have become part of the Es Baluard Collection.
- From 2013 to June 20, 2018, 148 new pieces have been added.
- Currently the Collection accumulates 719 works of art. Among them, 18% corresponds to women artists. In figures, of this total, 269 of the works come from men and 49 from women.
- In this exhibition we have tried to increase the presence of women through loans, reaching a total of 25 artists.