Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma presents the exhibition «Gabinet. Ibiza-Mallorca: 50-90 years. First part, Don Kunkel and his context”, a show about a series of interpretations around the collectives and groups developed in the islands of Ibiza and Mallorca between the fifties and nineties, giving priority, in this case, to the figure of the painter of North American origin Don Kunkel. The opening is November 3 and can be visited until March 18, 2018 in the Gabinet of Es Baluard.
This exhibition aims to rethink the history of contemporary art of both islands from new perspectives, advancing between the testimonial, from the recordings of the Arxiu Balears (project based on video interviews to the main protagonists of past history and art present), and the critical theory linked to the case studies and monographic exhibitions from the Es Baluard collection.
The Gabinet presents a total of four works by the North American artist Don Kunkel, accompanied by others by Erwin Bechtold, Frank El Punto and Rafael Tur Costa and a whole series of audiovisual documents resulting from the research processes of the museum focused on the emerging collectives in the islands of Ibiza and Mallorca between the fifties and nineties.
According to the director of the project, Nekane Aramburu, the main objectives of the exhibition consist of “historiographing beyond the names and milestones, thinking about the collectives, the social movements, the peculiarities of peripheral contexts that create new synergies, changes of tendencies, steps back or forward. Perceive the permeable, the doubt and the cross-linked stories, the horizontal, the detail or the global “. In this way, the show is configured as “a tasting to understand an island stratigraphy through a comparative analysis of situations and creative processes in the margins of contexts that span several decades”.
In this first exhibition, in addition to approaching Don Kunkel, now included in the museum’s collection thanks to the deposit agreement with the MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Es Baluard also approaches his peers and the situations experienced during these decades, in which the beginnings of artistic groups are simulated, such as the Ibiza 59 collective and the Tago group in Mallorca.