The afternoons of the conference are aimed at visiting different centres of the island so that participants can learn about the museum reality of Mallorca.
The visit format makes it possible to know different realities, expand the voices involved in the program and establish a close relationship between participants.
The aim of the visits is not so much to know the museum in question, but its educational programs and their projects of a social nature. As far as possible, there will also be the participation of members of different entities linked to the museum so that they can contribute their vision of collaborative work in museums from the social perspective and be the counterpoint of museum staff.
There will be three outing options, participants should choose two of them to cover the two afternoons of the congress.
Outing 1 – Palma
Es Baluard is a museum of modern and contemporary art. It is located in the center of Palma and was inaugurated in 2004, in a unique historical (the Renaissance bastion of Sant Pere) and architectural surroundings.
Its collection, which can be seen through constantly-renewed interpretations, includes over 700 works dating from the late 19th century to the present. The mission of the exhibition programme is based on research and dissemination of modern and contemporary art linked to the Balearic Islands and international contexts.
Activities are organised around the permanent collection, the temporary exhibitions, current affairs or analysis with programmes that approach interdisciplinary matters that allow for activation of the gaze, debate and knowledge.
Within the Education and Training Area, work is carried out along with different groups and regions, going beyond the building itself, promoting the creation of collaborative projects in which different agents intervene, not only those from the realms of culture and education but also from the social field in all its variants, and we adapt to global changes and the demands of society.
Fundació Miró Mallorca is a cultural institution and the space linked to Joan Miró which enables one not only to discover his work and study the creative process where the artist lived and worked for nearly 30 years, but also to enjoy his two ateliers and creative spaces, Taller Sert and Son Boter, where the Graphic Work Studios of Joan Miró are also located.
The headquarters of the foundation, designed by architect Rafael Moneo, houses the exhibition rooms, library and auditorium.
Every year the foundation runs an extensive programme of exhibitions and cultural and educational activities with an interdisciplinary focus. The foundation is a space for knowledge and participation, an appropriate centre for contemporary artistic creation and for reflecting on issues lined to the work of Joan Miró.
Outing 2- Montuïri – Manacor
The Museu Arqueològic de Son Fornés is the only archaeological museum on the Balearic Islands devoted monographically to one of the most emblematic Talaiotic sites, enabling us to understand the transformations of the islands’ communities of the first millennium BCE. The close connection to the site which lends it its name makes this a living, dynamic museum in perfect symbiosis with its surroundings.
The museum’s installations are located in the Molí des Fraret, an old 17th-century flour mill. Inaugurated in 2001, its singularity resides in the fact that it is an authentic R+D centre which simultaneously offers a broad, diverse range of recreational, educational and training activities, with its own educational outreach programme since the year 2005. Today, the permanent exhibition includes a unique display of the most significant finds made during the excavations of the site, which began in 1975.
The Museu d’Història de Manacor is housed in a medieval tower, the Torre dels Enagistes, and contains a collection of objects ranging from prehistorical times to the modern era. From its origins in 1926 the museum has had a didactic vocation, as it has always tried to involve the local population in its everyday life. As part of the classic programme we may find in any museum, we provide diverse activities for schools and associations, such as workshops, guided tours and recreational symposia, among others. But over more recent years we have started up an accessibility project, reflected on our website, which goes beyond classical didactics using volunteering programmes, agreements with disabled persons’ associations, incorporation of reproduction of objects which can be touched in the museum rooms, more visual resources and the introduction of easy reading. If you come to the museum, we’ll explain it all to you!
Outing 3 – Sóller
The Museu Balear de Ciències Naturals in the municipality of Sóller is an institution dedicated to the dissemination, study and conservation of the natural and cultural heritage of the Balearic Islands with the objective, amongst others, of raising awareness in the general public of the importance of preserving the nature of these islands.
Within the framework of the scientific culture of our islands the museum has, from its beginnings, helped bring scientific knowledge of the nature around us closer to the general public by running educational activities such as exhibitions, courses, publications, conference seasons, displays, science excursions, and others. The museum’s contribution to knowledge of the nature of the Balearic Islands is significant: over one hundred scientific works published and around 30 papers presented in congresses and conventions endorse it.
The museum contains a rich array of important collections such as the Guillem Colom micro-palaeontological collection, the Juan Bauzá palaeontological collection and William Waldren collection of Myotragus balearicus, as well as an interesting scientific library and diverse scientific materials.
A complete and successful programme of activities from the sphere of education is offered by this museum, geared towards all types of audiences and including different workshops on palaeontology, geology, mycology, ecology, zoology, biodiversity of the Balearic Islands, and many more.
A series of sinuous, animal and floral works provide the welcome to Can Prunera Museo Modernista, owned by Fundació Tren de l’Art since 2006 and located in the Sóller valley, at the foot of the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains. The house, which was built between 1904 and 1911, is the result of the wave of emigration to France from Sóller in the second half of the 19th century. This wave included the Magraner family who, having made their fortune in Belfort, decided to return to their native region in order to build their home, Can Prunera, in the new style that prevailed in France at the time: Art Nouveau.
Aside from its architectural interest, Can Prunera exhibits pictorial works; part of its permanent collection is also formed by the works of the Serra art collection, works by great masters of the 19th and 20th century, artists such as Joan Miró, Pablo R. Picasso, Miquel Barceló, Manuel Millares, Rebecca Horn or Helen Frankenthaler, among others. Can Prunera Museo Modernista works every day to be a dynamic, contemporary space, one which tries to win over the loyalty of spectators with all types of activities, including annual reinforcement of the educational programme in order to increase its proximity to the pupils of the islands’ educational centres.