Though it may only be a small island, Majorca is a real haven for artists and is packed with galleries for you to visit. Several famous names have left their mark here over the years, including Miró and Barceló, and it continues to be a scenic place to take your inspiration from. Find out the best spots for tracking down the island’s arts scene.
· Pilar & Joan Miró Foundation – step inside Joan Miró’s practically untouched studio and experience where a world-famous artist created his work, on the outskirts of Palma. He visited Majorca as a child and came to live here in the 1950s, making a permanent impression that can be seen here in the Foundation’s archives today but also further afield in Palma’s Parc de Mar (look out for the huge mural) and in the train station at Soller.
· Es Baluard – right in the centre of Palma City, Es Baluard is an incredibly popular museum and gallery with permanent displays including a Modernism and Post-Modernity exhibition and ceramics by Picasso. The main collection, which has been constantly growing since 1980, ranges from the controversial video work of Marina Abramovic to the everyday object sculptures of Dennis Oppenheim. Look out for arts events held here such as film screenings, concerts and family workshops.
· CCA, Andraitx – Majorca’s largest contemporary art venue has an intriguing collection which you can actually buy from, though you’d need pretty deep pockets. There are regular group exhibitions alongside the permanent displays and there’s also a dedicated show space for artists who live in the Balearic Islands, allowing them to gain exposure.
· La Seu Cathedral – both Gaudi and Barceló contributed to the art and architecture inside Palma’s stunning cathedral, which was a work in progress for 400 years until the structure was ready. Gaudi added details such as electric lighting and a canopy over the altar, whilst local artist Barceló produced a beautiful ceramic mural which covers more than 300 square metres.
· Yannick & Ben Jakober Foundation – arguably the most child-friendly venue in Majorca for the arts, the Foundation is a must-see for families, held at the Museum Sa Bassa Blanca in Alcudia. Visit the sculpture park and rose garden for inspiration, then head inside to view historical portraits of children dating back as far as the 16th century. More modern pieces are displayed in the SoKraTES Space.
· La Residencia, Deia – this luxury hotel has art classes for guests to participate in, as well as a much-loved sculpture garden which showcases the work of modern sculptors, both household names and newer faces. There are also two galleries in the grounds, called Sa Tafona and Albéniz. Deia itself is a very creative place and was the home of the poet and author Robert Graves.
· Addaya, Alaro – one of the island’s newest galleries, Addaya – renovated from a house in the centre of this small mountain village – focuses on modern painting, photography and graphic design from Spain and beyond. It’s free to visit and is open from Wednesday to Saturday, with on-site studios hosting artists in residence as well.
· Hotel Formentor – this famous hotel was built by an Argentinian artist, Adan Diehl, in 1928 and played host to many celebrities over the years including Agatha Christie and Winston Churchill. The dramatic windswept coastline around the Formentor Peninsula is the perfect environment for painting or sketching landscapes and seascapes.
About the Author: Polly Allen is a travel writer for easyJet Holidays with formal artistic training (specialising in fine art drawing) and a huge interest in the arts. She’s visited galleries around the world, most recently Florence, Majorca and Boston.