Palma de Mallorca


Sant Miquel, 11

Phone: 0034 971 713 515
Fax: 0034 971 712 60

Museu D’Art Espanyol Contemporani

The Museu d'Art Espanyol Contemporani in Palma de Mallorca has a permanent collection of seventy works by the most important Spanish vanguard artists of the twentieth century (Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Juan Gris and Salvador Dalí among them). The collection also includes representative examples of the innovative artistic movements of the mid-twentieth century with works by the most recent generations of Spain's artists. A total of fifty-two artists are represented.

The Museum's galleries for temporary exhibitions display works by both national and international contemporary artists. Inaugurated in 1990, the Museum is centrally located in Palma, in an eighteenth-century building of regionalist style with touches of modernist inspiration. As a result of its recent renovation and expansion in 2003, it now has a major exhibition space and an assembly hall for cultural activities, classes and lectures, concerts for children, and other activities.

The Museum is directed by the Fundación Juan March (see also Fundación Juan March and Museo de Arte Abstracto Español).

 Permanent Collection Highlights (7)

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Permanent Collection

The Museu d’Art Espanyol Contemporani in Palma has on view a permanent collection of seventy works by fifty-two artists distributed over sixteen galleries. The collection begins with Head of a Woman (1907) by Pablo Picasso, one of a series of studies for the Demoiselles d’Avignon of that same year. The most recent is a ceramic work by Miquel Barceló, Grand pot avec cranes sur 1 face, created by the Mallorcan artist in 2000. In addition to Picasso, there are works by Juan Gris, Julio González, Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí.

The catalogue of the Museum provides commentaries on the works exhibited and their artists, with an introduction to the collection, artistic movements, and the distinct generations represented within them.

These works principally come from the collection begun in 1973 by the Fundación Juan March, which has promoted and directed this center since 1990.


22nd May to 8th September 2007

The artistic tendency known as Minimalism, and in particular the installations and objects by “classic” Minimalist artists of the 1960s, such as Carl André, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt, had such a profound impact in their time that they are frequently seen as a home-grown and purely North American phenomenon. In fact, without denying that Minimalism was an artistic trend that arose in America, it could be said that it was not so much a thematic “school” characterised by specific “content” (in itself “minimalised”), but rather a “method” or “function” that worked on the basis of abstraction, constructivism and reduction. From this perspective, the more or less remote origins of Minimalist practices need to be looked for in the rich sources of early 20th-century European abstract and constructivist artistic tendencies.
Taking this idea as its starting point, the exhibition Before and After Minimalism offers a lengthy route around more than a century of art, spanning two continents – Europe and America. Organised in collaboration with the DaimlerChrysler Corporate Art Collection, the exhibition comprises 64 works, all from that collection, by 41 artists. Most are paintings, but the exhibition also includes graphic work, multiples, sculptures, installations and multi-media works by German, Austrian, English, Irish, Swiss, Belgian, French and North American artists. These range from the early works (1909) of Adolf Hölzel (1853-1934), a guiding figure at the Stuttgart Academy, to the creations of artists such...+ [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions

Equipo Crónica; Crónicas Reales.
January 23rd to April 28th 2007

Gary Hill. Images of Light.
Works from the Collection of the Kunstmuseum Wolfsberg
September 27th to December 30th 2006

Lichtenstein, in Process.
March 7th to September 9th 2006

Faces and Mask. Photographs from the Ordóñez-Falcón Collection.
November 29th 2005 to February 18th 2006

Beckmann. Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal.
September 19th to Nivember 19th 2005

Egon Schiele. In Body and Soul.
July 26th to September 3rd 2005

Tauromaquia: Goya and Picasso.
July 5th to 17th 2005

Kandinsky: Watercolours.
December 17th 2004 to March 28th 2005

Gordillo. Duplex.
December 20th 2004 to March 26th 2005

New Technology, New Iconography, New Photography. Photography of the 80s and 90s in the Collection of MNCARS.
September 14th to December 4th 2004

June 4th to September 4th 2004

Esteban Vicente. Gesture and Colour.
February 23rd to May 22nd 2004

Lucio Muñoz. Close-up.
November 26th 2003 to February 14th 2004

Chillida. In Praise of Hands.
July 23rd to November 15th 2003
Saura. Ladies.
July 23rd to November 15th

Picasso. Prints.
March 24th to July 12th 2003

Exhibitions (10)

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Entrance is free.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 6:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 am to 2:00 pm
Sunday and public holidays: Closed

Getting there

Sant Miquel, 11
07002 Palma de Mallorca

Tel: (+34) 971 713 515/ 710 428
Fax: (+34) 971 712 60


The Museum has a shop where visitors can purchase exhibition catalogues, art books, graphic work, postcards and other art-related items.

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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News and events

During the September to June season the Museum conducts classes on art and presents lectures on temporary exhibitions and the permanent collection.
It also organizes, fortnightly, "Recitals for Young People" for students from schools and other educational centers in Mallorca, who attend with their teachers upon prior arrangement with the Museum. The concerts are accompanied by a didactic discussion with a music critic.


The Museum implements, via its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, an educational initiative aimed at school children, college students, families, and diverse groups. The program proposes a way of looking at works of art via an immersion in the world of color, medium, brushstroke, and volume, utilizing games in which smells, sounds, movement or touch are evoked. It offers its participants a way of learning to read a work of art, with the ultimate goal of teaching them how to understand art.
The programme includes:
- didactic portfolios for pre-school, elementary and junior- high-school education
- guided tours of the permanent collection
- guided tours of the temporary collection
- storytelling


Guided tours, with prior appointment, take place Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. It is recommended that groups be no larger than 25 people, especially for those visits with complementary workshop activities.
Tel: (+34) 971 713 515
Fax: (+34) 971 710 428