The CaixaForum in Palma is a fitting venue for the permanent exhibition of works by the artist Hermenegildo Anglada-Camarasa
The CaixaForum in Palma is a fitting venue for the permanent exhibition of works by
the artist Hermenegildo Anglada-Camarasa. Like Miro, he was not born in Mallorca, but has strong links to it having lived on the island for two long periods and dying in Pollença in 1959.
Born in Barcelona in 1871, he moved to Paris to study in 1894 and was soon engulfed in the whole Parisian/Bohemian/Music hall/nightlife scene of the Belle Epoque and his paintings – a chronicle of
the time – certainly reflect this and were exhibited in the great capitals of Europe.
The onset of the First World War saw him seek refuge in Mallorca where he discovered the marvellous landscapes of the island, before again seeking refuge when the Spanish Civil War broke out until
returning for the final time in 1949.
The CaixaForum in Palma is the perfect place to show Anglada-Camarasa's work as its roots were in Barcelona – it was designed by the Catalan Architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner in the Modernist
style influenced by French Art Nouveau in the Belle Epoque period.
The exhibition contains 328 works of art; oils, drawings, lithographs and sculptures as well as many of Anglada-Camarasa's personal objects. To whet your artistic appetite here's the trailer for a
film produced about his life which also features many of the artists in his circle of friends, whose landscape paintings were seen in a recent exhibition at Es
Baluard. The entire, beautifully shot documentary was actually shown a few weeks ago to mark the end of the exhibition – it makes you want to travel back in time, doesn't it?