The island of Mallorca, off the east coast of Spain, is usually thought of as a place for sun, fun, food, and wine. If Pere A. Serra has his way, that's all about to change. Serra, a native Mallorcan art collector and businessman, was the inspiration and guiding force behind the newly opened Es Baluard, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Palma.
It is a contemporary structure built within and incorporating a corner of the city's 16th-century walls, part of an ancient fortress known as Baluard de Sant Pere (or bastion of Saint Peter). The upper level, with outdoor exhibition areas, affords stunning views of the city and harbor from the bastion walls.
The collection, spanning 1900 to the present, tells the history of Mallorca (one of the Balearic Islands) through the artists who lived there or passed through. Painting, sculpture, ceramics, and drawings by Picasso, Mir, Klimt, Czanne, Giacometti, Henry Moore, Antoni Tpies, Fernand Lger, Robert Motherwell, and many others are showcased in 2,500 square yards of exhibit space.
Es Baluard, Placa Porta de Santa Catalina s/n 07012, Palma, Mallorca; 011-34-971-908-203.