French-born Patricia Asbaek and her Danish husband Jacob had owned an art gallery in Copenhagen for many years when they decided to create a space for the enjoyment and creation of modern and contemporary art on Mallorca. In the late ‘90s they bought a large property in Sa Coma, outside Andratx, selling the house, pool, and tennis
court to raise half of the money needed for their project, and retaining the land and its mountain. CCA – Centro Cultural Andratx – opened its doors in 2001.
Art was Patricia’s passion from a young age and, as a teenager, she visited the Louvre weekly. Aged 19, she moved to Denmark, where her career blossomed as a gallerist and art consultant.
On Mallorca, the couple’s intention was to “assemble people who are interested in art … with a passion for it … in a place of its creation,” Patricia says.
Jacob designed the distinctive building, constructed from Mallorcan ‘marés’ stone, although a local architect and labour were used for the project. The 4,000sqm premises – with central courtyard – include three exhibition rooms, four artist studios, shop, and café/restaurant, and are backed by the pine-clad mountain.
Annually, CCA holds up to four exhibitions with artists from all over the world; Mallorca-resident artists exhibit in the ‘Espai’.
The studios are part of CCA’s spirit and were Patricia and Jacob’s dream: here, artists can disconnect, experiment, and exchange ideas and opinions, as in a ‘think tank’.
CCA Andratx successfully adapted to weather the recession and funding partner changes: “We have had to do what many museums do, and open our spaces to events, such as weddings and meetings,” Patricia says.
The centre appointed Mercedes Korzeniowski as its new director in October 2015. “Institutions like CCA make Mallorca stand out favourably in comparison with other holiday destinations,” says the half-German/half-Spanish Mercedes, whose role at the centre combines her experience in marketing, communication, and business development, with her own passion for art.
“Art is like music or books,” says Patricia Asbaek. “It moves you … it moves your spirit.”
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