'History of a Friendship' exhibition
If you're a regular reader or you've ever been up to Soller on the train, you'll know that the station and ticket office building there, designed in the superb 'Modernism' style also houses a permanent exhibition of two of Spain's most famous modern artists, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro.
Aptly housed together because the two artists enjoyed a long friendship until the death of Picasso in 1973 the collection contains ceramics by Picasso and engravings by Miro as well as several photographs of the pair together. Now, an exhibition dedicated to their friendship is to open just down the road in Can Prunera Modernist Museum on Calle Luna in Soller.
Curated by Miro's grandson, Joan Punyet (who we saw at the Marivent Palace last week,) the exhibition contains personal letters exchanged between the artists over many decades, photographs, ceramics and engravings. What we learn about them is that despite their differences in age – 12 years – and character; Picasso was outgoing, proud, forceful, and a womaniser, whilst Miro was shy, quiet and a one-woman man, the bond between the two was really strong.
Worth going for in itself, it is also housed in the most amazing setting both architecturally and for its interior décor and style. Can Prunera was built for a wealthy Soller family in the early 20th century and no expense was spared on its design, fixtures and fittings, the majority of which are still in place today. It is an absolute gem, both inside and out, with permanent artwork and sculpture on display both inside and out in the wonderful garden, and immaculately styled furniture and decoration in the house.
The Picasso/Miro exhibition opens to the public on 13th May until 26th November and Can Prunera is open every day from 10:30 to 18:30. It costs only €5 for adults, €3 for concessions and free for under 12's and my tip is to spend some time in the shop because they have some wonderful souvenirs.