The art scene in Mallorca engages back these weeks with art lovers. Museums and art galleries gradually reopen their doors, with the new pertinent security measures to adapt to this new normality that the coronavirus leaves us.
This is the case of CaixaForum, which opens its facilities “with great enthusiasm and emotion”, as explained by Margarita Pérez-Villegas, director of CaixaForum Palma. In addition to security measures such as the use of hydroalcoholic masks and gels, “cleaning and security have been reinforced so that all users feel comfortable”, she points out. At the moment, the exhibitions can already be visited but the activities will have to wait. Thus, “we have created the figure of the mediator, educators who remain in the room to explain any questions to visitors from 11:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 20:00,” Pérez-Villegas specified.
The exhibitions that can already be visited from June 1st are ‘Azul. El color del modernismo’, until next October 12 , and ‘H. Anglada-Camarasa. Una revisión pictórica de la Colección la Caixa’, until August 29, 2021. One of the first visitors, Luis Oliver, comments that “I did not know it was the first day, but I am fond of painting and it is a magnificent exhibition that I wanted to see. I already wanted to have a normal life ”. Users can visit the Caixa Forum during its regular hours, Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sundays and bank holidays, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Es Baluard, one of the benchmarks for modern and contemporary art in Palma, reopens on June 2nd. The exhibitions ‘Martha Rosler ¿Cómo llegamos allí desde aquí?’, ‘Marina Planas. Enfoques bélicos del turismo: todo incluido’, and also continues ‘Colección. De la posguerra a la contemporaneidad’. The museum can be visited during its regular hours, from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Sundays, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
“The lockdown helps to reflect”
Art galleries are other cultural spaces that are gradually back to normal. In Palma center, the Galería Pelaires has two exhibitions: ‘The Gates of Many Colors’, by Slater Bradley, and ‘Cinzas e Mel’, by Rui Moreira. At the moment, the gallery is only open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays, however clients can also call to make an appointment on different days. “We are facing a new scenario and adaptation takes time”, explains Federic Pinya, director of the gallery, who points out that the idea is to open in full in July, “although we are studying formulas, as the situation is changing”.
In the case of art galleries, “we have never had large crowds of people, except in specific events such as ‘La Nit de l’Art’. They are temples of worship, calm”. Furthermore, Pinya is clear when stating that “the creative crisis is non-existent. The lockdown helps to reflect and evaluate what has been done so far. For the artist, creation has always been done indoors, in his studio, practically alone ”. One more incentive to enjoy art again, which returns with more strength and renewed ideas.