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  |   3. November 2016

ES BALUARD

Artistic architecture inside Palma's city wall

Joan Miró – 'Ubu aux Baléares'

Pablo Picasso, decorative wall plates

Sculpture 'Es Bou' (The Bull)

Modern Art in Palma's City Walls

'Es Baluard' means bulwark in Catalan. This can also be interpreted as a reference to Palma de Pallorca as a bulwark of art. The museum is built into the Renaissance city wall, which dates from the 16th century. The integration of the historic elements in the modern parts of the wall has been successful, the whole structure is harmonic. It is truly an extraordinary art museum.

The narrow, extended museum building was opened by the former Spanish monarch King Juan Carlos in 2004. A huge exhibition space covering some 5000 sq m spreads out on two floors, with various galleries on different levels interconnected by ramps. The museum’s rooftop offers a splendid view on the city's naval port.

Inside, the museum presents extended collections and temporary exhibitions of renowned artists from all over the world - from Mediterranean landscape paintings to contemporary art trend. Not forgetting the sculptures outside, where visitors can enjoy artworks by Pablo Picasso, René Magritte and Joan Mirò.

The Spanish artist Joan Miró (1893 – 1983) spent his last years in Palma, until his death in 1956. He worked on the island as a painter, graphic designer, sculptor and potter. He had his own unique style, his paintings have been used widely to create logos, for example for the Football Word Cup in Spain in 1982. Also, the Spanish Tourist Department uses them for its brochures. The logo of the Olympic Games 1992 in Barcelona, although not designed personally by Miró, recreates his style.

Outside the museum 'Es Baluard', a black sculpture made of cubes has become an  emblematic object and a popular site for taking selfies of all kind. Its stair-shaped metal cubes have been conceived by the Spanish star architect Santiago Calavatra and resemble Spain’s national symbol 'Es Buo' - the bull - which is also the statue's name.

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