Art in Palma: Fundacion Juan March

As well as its beautiful beaches and glorious sunshine, Palma de Mallorca has a wealth of stunning art galleries. This may surprise you, they are often under promoted to visitors, so next time you visit make sure you check them out! Today we wanted to share with you our visit to Palma's Fundacion Juan March.

The Fundacion Juan March occupies a glorious 17th Century building remodelled by architect Guillem Reynes i Font. Spanish financier Juan March Ordinas bought it in the 1950s, he was at this time the seventh richest man in the world. He established the building as a gallery to support the arts, music and social sciences, also developing a research facility which still thrives today.

Its rich collection effectively traces the development of 20th Century Spanish art, with some of Spain's most important artists exhibited from Joan Miro to Salvador Dali.

We wanted to show you a few of the works which caught our eye …

The work below is by José Manuel Broto who was one of the key figures to revive abstract art in Spain in the late 1970s, when many artists were turning to conceptual art. Instead Broto turned to gestural painting which engaged him with the materiality and colour of his paint. We loved the rich colouring and expressive energy in this work.

Miguel Ángel Campano’s painting produced in 1979, pictured below, again ties in to this idea of expression and abstraction. Campano first explored automatic techniques, allowing his hand to move rapidly and randomly across the canvas and then looked at geometric forms. Through exploring these two aesthetics he developed his own style which merged geometric forms and abstract expressionism.

When choosing works of art for your home, abstract works can often be the best choice as their colours can enliven your home without overpowering them with figuration.

We were also struck by the work of Alfonso Albacete whose style sits between abstraction and figuration. The work below, painted in 1950, reinterprets Courbet’s ‘L’atelier’. Albacete shows us a window, easel, stacked canvasses and the artist leaning over as he prepares his paints. He wanted this work to be symbolic of the painting process rather than clearly mirror it.

The artwork below is by Rafael Canogar whose work explores abstraction and mass media imagery, combing the two to form his own unique style. Canogar's work often expresses grief, violence and protest. We could sense a confusion and grief in this work, and despite his figures being faceless, their postures and incredibly emotional. We were also struck by his use mixture of block colour and scrubbed paint, elements appear patchy as if unfinished, in a deliberate style which for us creates a greater sense of immediacy.