May 31, 2024
Art Palma Summer Opens On June 6th
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Blaire Dessent
Art Palma Summer Opens On June 6th
May 31, 2024
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Blaire Dessent
Art Palma Summer Opens On June 6th
May 31, 2024
by
Blaire Dessent
Art Palma Summer Opens On June 6th
May 31, 2024
- By
Blaire Dessent
Art Palma Summer Opens On June 6th
May 31, 2024
- By
Blaire Dessent
Art Palma Summer Opens On June 6th
May 31, 2024
- By
Blaire Dessent
Post fro Grip Face exhibitionat La Bibi
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rt Palma Contemporani kicks off the summer season on June 6th with Art Palma Summer, an annual event that celebrates the island’s dynamic and expanding contemporary art scene. This is the 9th edition of Art Palma Summer, and is the most ambitious to date – with more than 30 exhibitions and 60 artists featured in galleries, museums and cultural institutions. In addition to Palma, there will be events taking place in Andratx and Pollensa. It is also timed to coincide with the 3rd annual International Art Week Congress organized by ADEMA Escuela Universitaria. 

Art Palma Summer is organized by Art Palma Contemporani (APC), an association of gallerists launched in 2004, with the idea of creating a community of galleries and institutions to support and promote contemporary art on the island. Currently the organization includes 12 galleries: ABA ART LAB, BARÓ, CCA Andratx, Galería Fermay, Galería Fran Reus, KEWENIG Palma, LA BIBI, L21 Gallery, Maior Pollença, Galeria Pelaires, Pep Llabrés Art Contemporani y Galería Xavier Fiol. “New galleries can apply but must be accepted by all the galleries”, explains current APC president, Fran Reus, whose own gallery focuses on emerging artists. 

Diego Delas, Untitled, 2024, Oil on Canvas, Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Pelaires
Victorial Civera, Espejo Roto, 2023, Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Maior

APC organizes three annual events: Art Palma Summer, Art Palma Brunch, which this year took place on March 23, and Nit del Art in September, a huge, festive event that takes over the city and has been going on for nearly 30-years. As part of each event, APC brings in journalists, curators and collectors from outside of Mallorca, to visit and see the exhibitions. They often coordinate outside visits as well, including trips to other towns and cultural institutions, an important opportunity to shed light on Mallorca’s diverse artistic scene. In 2023, they initiated a collaboration with Untitled Art Fair, a leading contemporary art fair in Miami Beach, to bring over a group of collectors and art world professionals to visit Mallorca for several days and discover its creative community. This year, the group will visit again just after Art Basel in June. 

Reus notes that, “while the organization is small, it is important to have this community to give a platform for what is happening and make connections to the art world beyond Mallorca, not only for the galleries but the artists as well.” Art Palma Contemporani is supported by the Consell de Mallorca, the Palma Town Hall/Palma Cultura and the Institut d’Estudis Baleàrics as well as some private support, including the Hotel Nivia Born, which hosts many of the invited professionals from off the island.

This year, Art Palma Summer will feature 60 artists of various nationalities, generations and visual languages ​​across 23 participating spaces. In addition to the 12 galleries of Art Palma Contemporani, TUBE Gallery continues to collaborate as Espacio Adherido, while the two Independent Spaces, managed by artists, TACA and STAIN projects. Casal Solleric is also part of the programming of APC, with their exhibition Luis Gordillo and “Prender la mirada” a group show curated by Esmeralda Gómez Galera. 

Art Palma Summer  events are opening between 18-21h on Thursday, June 6th, with most exhibitions continuing on for a month. All events are free and open to the public. Visit their website to learn more about individual exhibitions and programming as well as to sign up for one of their guided walks. 

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Maite Manuel Studio, Courtesy of the artists and Galeria Fran Reus
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