Palma – Museu Fundación Juan March

This modern art gallery is named after Juan March Ordinas, who lived from 1880 and 1962 and was the wealthiest man in Spain. A bit like Gordon and Old Catton. And this gallery is beautiful in terms of its design, functionality and efficiency, it’s clear that a lot of money has been spent on it.

The art gallery is located in a sixteenth century residential building.

One of the artworks visible in the courtyard.

I’ll have to be honest. I didn’t understand most of the artworks in this gallery, although I liked how accessible they were and some were interesting. I’ll post about some of the artworks separately, but there were many that I found were difficult to get a hold of in terms of their context and what the artist was trying to say.

I mean, what does the above really say? This is the “Rising Figure” lump of metal by Andreu Alfaro. I don’t deny that it is quite probably brilliant, but I don’t have the knowledge or understanding to be able to explain it.

“The Room” by Guillermo Perez Villalta. It’s an interesting artwork, but it’s another one that I don’t really understand.

“Black Painting” by Eva Lootz. I have no idea.

I did like this gallery, and some of the artworks were intriguing, but I’d have liked some greater explanation on the information panels to give me a greater context on what was going on. It’s easy to write off modern art, which is a huge genre, but to make it accessible it’d be good for there to be more background on what an artwork is trying to say. Unless it’s not trying to say anything, which is intriguing in itself…

The gallery is free of charge and centrally located in Palma, so the family has offered a wonderful gift to the community in allowing such access to these artworks.