Mallorca offers a wealth of cultural attractions for visitors and residence, with a number of excellent museums dotted around the island, artist’s studios open to the public and indeed commercial art galleries. Here we have selected the ones that are a ‘must visit’ for those of you that are interested in art.
Major annual art event
For one night in September, on La Nit de L’Art, the city’s old town comes alive with boutiques, restaurants, galleries and museums presenting exciting collections of artist works. All are unified by a love of beauty, and the captivating backdrop of a mellow autumnal evening in historic Palma.
Top art galleries in Palma
Palma is said to have more galleries per capita than any other Spanish city, and this predilection for nurturing artistic expression extends island wide.
In this guide, we show you a selection of locations you need to know, focusing specifically on galleries which offer the opportunity to buy. Be inspired, be uplifted, be fascinated, be perplexed; the island’s art scene is as diverse as its natural landscape.
Worth the walk
Sitting behind La Lonja, in a 5,000 square metre site which used to be a ship building factory over 100 years ago, HM gallery showcases some of the most ambitious and internationally relevant exhibitions on the island. Susy Gómez, darling of the Spanish art world, is a staple.
Started in 1969, Pelaires is the gallery with the longest history of exhibiting contemporary art in Spain, and a must for anyone interested in both this, and historic architecture. Across two floors of amazing arched spaces, the gallery presents some of the most notable names from the international art scene’s who’s who list.
During Franco’s regime, the owners often had to tussle with the authorities who frowned on some of its more daring programming.
Designed to create memorable moments for a savvy crowd, Gallery Red introduces to the Balearics a combination of the coolest lifestyle, iconic design, one-of-a-kind contemporary art as well as vintage handbags and accessories by the most coveted designers.
Carrer Sant Feliu
Always to be relied upon to come up with exciting shows is Rialto Living, whose sumptuous gallery space displays many a stand-out artistic talent. Recent exhibitions have included ‘Prints’ by Mallorca’s own Joan Bennàssar; moving abstract depictions of blue-green sea grass by Estefanía Pomar Aloy, and powerful photographic works.
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Almost opposite Rialto Living, Kewenig Gallery is an architectural masterpiece worth a visit in itself: a synagogue in the 10th century before becoming a mosque and finally a church in the 13th century. The Kewenig family invite some of the most reputable international artists to Mallorca to create artwork inspired by the building and the island’s unique history. Hence, pieces are shown here you would never be able to see elsewhere.
Carrer Sant Jaume
Pockets of peace on this busy shopping street are Galería Pep Llabrés and, steps away, Galería Xavier Fiol, their stark minimalist interiors providing the canvas for an array of new and established contemporary artists. If your preference is for geometric abstraction, you’ll find much to interest you in these calm, neutral spaces.
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Collectors interested in gaining further insight into local artists can do so at ABA ART LAB, whose private area offers a window into archives and examples of sketches and works in progress. The modern loft is dedicated entirely to young, emerging art.
A stone’s throw away, Galeria Maior is a tiny but perfectly formed space, a deceptively potent little outfit that collaborates with major international art fairs in a bid to promote contemporary artists.
Top art galleries in Santanyí
The narrow alleys of Santanyí in Mallorca’s south bear witness to its status as an artist haven. In June each year, upwards of 20 exhibition spaces participate in the town’s bustling Art Fair.
Stand-out galleries include Sailer Gallery: a sublime treasure trove of textiles, artwork and modern paintings housed in a charming 17th-century townhouse. Of particular interest is the gallery’s kilim collection; intricate oriental carpets and rugs of rare beauty.
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 10:00 h to 14:00 h, the Gemma Leys gallery in Santanyí is opened up to visitors. Drawing upon her worldwide travel experiences, Dutch-born Gemma creates intricate oil and pigment paintings, some incorporating exquisite inscriptions of poems by Pablo Neruda, and striking symbolism.
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Top art galleries in Portocolom
Right on the promenade in Porto Colom on the east coast, Galeria Simon Nolte fills its gallery space and secluded patio with varied exhibitions of modern art and sculpture. Visit to be surprised and delighted by its selection of typically playful works.
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Top art galleries in Deià
Star Hotel Belmond La Residencia in Deià welcomes visits to its small but perfectly formed Sa Tafona gallery space. Displays of treasured island artists Joan Miró, David Templeton and Arturo Rhodes regularly appear; the latter two living and working in Deià itself.
Exhibitions change monthly, and opening nights are great social occasions.
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Top art galleries in Alaró
If you needed a culturally enriching excuse to visit the lovely town of Alaró in the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana, this is it.
The Addaya Centre of Contemporary Art, in the centre of town by the church and spread over three floors of an old restored village house, presents changing and permanent exhibits of painting, sculptures, photography, video and graphic design. A succession of artists takes up residence in the second floor studio-workshop.
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Top art galleries in Andratx
The largest centre of contemporary art on Mallorca is CCA Andratx. Art lovers converge on this dynamic cultural centre throughout the year in the knowledge that what they will find there is freshness, difference, and great variety.
Incorporated into the huge building’s array of attractions – including artists’ studios, a café/restaurant, shop and lush grounds – are CCA Gallery and CCA Espai. The first is dedicated to international artists, while the latter is dedicated to artists living in the Balearic Islands.
Meanwhile, the Kunsthalle exhibition space gives the opportunity for visitors to see a range of thought-provoking artistic projects presented in a range of forms.
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Top art galleries in Port d’Andratx
Galería HMH, close by in Port d’Andratx, displays a 1,000-plus strong collection from over 40 artists. Continually changing works by established artists like Jörg Döring, Carsten Westphal and Hans Christian Ribbe sit alongside lesser-known gems like Gerd Kanz and Eva Konya.
Abstraction and pop art are big here, with many home-friendly works on sale ranging from between 500 and 30,000 euros, including a great many sculptures crafted from iron, steel, terracotta, and wood, for outdoor areas.
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