It baluard

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It baluard

Es Baluard is the new museum of the city of Palma for modern and contemporary art .

In the Catalan language , baluard means “ bulwark ” and thus refers to the location and the historical function of the building originally located at this point. The meaning of a stronghold of art also resonates in the name Es Baluard .


The museum is located in a corner bastion of the Renaissance city ​​wall on Passeig Marítim in Palma on the Balearic island of Mallorca .


The museum was built as a new building within an old fortification of the Renaissance city wall. The fortress known as Baluard de Sant Pere in the old town of Palma was in a state of decline. The willingness of the city administration to make this bastion available for the construction of a museum for modern and contemporary art solved the problem of space for the art collections and contributed to the urban dynamism of the entire zone. The museum opened on January 30, 2004.

The museum with a total area of ​​5,000 m² is connected to the city on different levels by different routes. It extends over three floors, the different levels are connected by ramps, balconies and galleries, and skylights let in daylight. A route leads from the city through the Porta de Santa Catalina with the viewpoint to the sea and from there to the Sant Pere district and the Paseo Marítimo boulevard. Another path leads to the top area of ​​the city wall, from which the bay of Palma and the museum itself can be seen. A visit to a museum therefore also enables a visit to a historical monument, on whose terraces spectacular views open up: of the city and the cathedral , towards the Mediterranean Sea and the Castell de Bellver .


Inner courtyard (2015)



  • Logbook: Natasha Hall and her crew
  • Sound responses. Composition by Hayden Chisholm
  • Gabinet. Manolo Millares
  • Natxa Pomar. Las Hermanitas
  • Rafel Joan. Paintings 1983-2013
  • Project Moscow. Primavera Russa
  • Cabinet: 6x6
  • Saltando Muros
  • Tabula Rasa or the (im) possibility of building a generation
  • Miao Xiaochun . Microcosmos
  • Marcelo Viquez. Riesgo Necesario
  • Reproductivity 1.2. Fundación Aena + Es Baluard
  • Implosió. Carte Blanche for CòmicNostrum



  • Esther Ferrer . In four movements
  • Realities / Fictions. Works from Es Baluard's collection
  • Joan Bennassar . The wine I drink tastes of the sea
  • Toni Catany . Works from the Es Baluard's collection
  • Pictorial Fragments, 1980-2010. Insights into the collection of Es Baluard
  • The Perception of Space. Works from the Es Baluard's collection
  • Biblioteca Nacional de España . Otras Miradas



  • Juan Uslé . Nudos y Rizomas (knots and rhizomes)
  • The Sites of the Latin American Abstraction. Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection
  • Dietrich blade . Transformations
  • Lou Reed . Romanticism
  • In Private 2. The unamiable option
  • Pep Llambías . Septem
  • Alberto García-Alix . Lo más cerca que estuve del paraíso
  • The Murmur of the World. From Informalism to the New Abstractions, 1950–2010. Curator: Juan Manuel Bonet


  • Anselm Kiefer . Works from Collection Grothe
  • Power food
  • Study: Mallorca and the Landscape's Renovation
  • Robert Mapplethorpe
  • Ilya & Emilia Kabakov . Under the snow
  • July Ramis visits Picasso, Marie Laurencin, Wifredo Lam, Wols, Archie Gittes , Joan Miró, André Masson, Nicolaes de Staël, Poliakoff, Fautrier.
  • Joan Cortés. Memòria de l'aigua (Water's Memory)
  • Crossed Landscapes. Views of Es Baluard's Collection
  • Joana Vasconcelos . Garden of Eden # 2


  • Light messages. Chema Alvargonzález, Daniel Canogar, Bernardí Roig
  • Jason Martin. Nomad
  • En private 1
  • Francesca Martí. Echoes
  • 80 and driftings. Glimpses of Es Baluard Collection
  • Animar-te. 20 años de animación por ordenador en la UIB
  • Joan Miró . Posters


  • Santiago Calatrava
  • Century of Landscape Painting in the Balearic Islands
  • Rusiñol , Passion for Mallorca. From Luminism and Symbolism to the Japanese Print
  • Aporia
  • Antonio Calvo Carrión
  • M + M Collection. Passion for Photography
  • Mallorcan Landscapes. The Es Baluard Collection



  • The Games and Paths of Joan Brossa
  • Erró . Retrospective. 1958-2004
  • Planning shapes. Contemporary Sculptures in the Mallorca Collections
  • Becthold 80. Beginnings and Recent Work



The museum also offers cultural and didactic activities. The main objective is to expand the collections and to make them known, to strive for maximum closeness to the public, for example through special tours and workshops for families to familiarize the youngest with the technology of artistic design, as well as the parents. All of these activities are free, as are the lecture series in the museum's program.

Web links

Commons : Es Baluard  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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Coordinates: 39 ° 34 ′ 12 "  N , 2 ° 38 ′ 29"  E