The museum for modern and contemporary art ‘Es Baluard’ is situated on Plaça Porta in Palma de Mallorca, overlooking the city and the port. The name ‘Es Baluard’ is catalan and means bastion, referring to the function of the building which used to be at this same spot. The museum opened its doors in 2004 and has since then become one of the most important modern art museum in Spain. The collection counts over 500 pieces of contemporary local and international artists, many times with a reference to the island.
The museum is situated in a new building, which is constructed inside the ancient fortification of the renaissance city wall, which was known as the Sant Pere bastion. Defined by clear lines and simplicity, the new building integrates harmoniously with the surroundings and the ancient renaissance bastion. While walking through the museum, you will feel the dialogue between the modern building, the old structures and the contemporary art. The building of the museum comprises an area of 5’000 square meters, of which 2’500 square meters are dedicated to the exhibitions. The exhibition space expands over three floors, which are connected via balconies, ramps and galleries. The interior of the museum is illuminated by huge skylights, which flood the rooms with natural light. Worth a visit is also the terrace of the building, from where you will have a spectacular view over the mediterranean sea, the port and the city with the cathedral to the left.
Es Baluard shows different temporary exhibitions throughout the year. These are normally inaugurated with a small opening party the night before. Artist shown vary between known contemporary artists like Picasso, less known artist and local artists like Joan Brossa. Exhibitions may also be to a certain theme like contemporary sculptures or collections of various artists. Cultural and didactic activities are offered by the museum on a regular basis, these are free of charge in order to bring modern art, artists and fine arts closer to the public.
You can take the bus routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 20, 46 and the tourist bus 50 in order to get to the museum.