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  |  15. November 2016

FUNDACIÓN JUAN MARCH

Joan Miró – Le perroquet (The Parrot)

Spanische Kunst der Moderne

Pablo Picasso – Armut und Leid

Michel Barceló – La flaque (The Puddle)

Private Collection of Mallorca’s Richest Financier

Nobody would expect a museum of Modern Art in Palma’s most expensive shopping street Sant Miguel. Since 1990, the historic 17th century city palace and former apartment house hosts part of the extensive Fundación Juan March art collection. Today, visitors can find it next to Gucci, Prada and Desigual.

Amidst the crowded boulevard, the museum is an island of tranquility where art lovers can enjoy contemporary works by 55 Spanish artists, among them famous names like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí or Joan Miró, who spent his last years in Palma. There are also works of young avant-garde artists like the Majorcan Miquel Barceló.  The collection shows the entire range of important artistic trends of the 20th century in Spain.

The Fundación Juan March is a private colletion, founded by Spanish financier Juan March in 1955. The name 'March' is synonymous with the merger of the finance sector and the arts, it is the namesake of Mallorca’s biggest bank and its most famous collection of Modern Art. Other museums in Spain, for example in Cuenca and Madrid also belong to the foundation that promotes young artists all across the country.

Juan March was born in the north of the island in 1880. He made a fortune with tobacco smuggling and bank lendings to peasant farmers and builds a kind of a mafia-like system that he uses to buy up Mallorca’s most precious properties during the Franco regime. In the 50s he becomes one of Spain’s most generous patron of the Arts. In 1962, he dies in a spectacular accident with his Rolls Royce.

Just in time before his death, he opened his extraordinary collection to the public. The museum of the foundation Juan March in Palma's pedestrian zone is a must-see for all art lovers. The entrance is free!

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