Caixaforum Palma occupies the beautiful Modernist building of the Gran Hotel, transformed into a unique cultural space where one can enjoy exhibitions, symposia, workshops or concerts throughout the year.
Behind each of the eight CaixaForum centres in Spain there lies a special way of conceiving culture, starting with the buildings they occupy. In the case of Palma, the foundation is in what was the Gran Hotel, the city’s first luxury hotel establishment. A Modernist construction designed by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, inaugurated in the summer of 1903.
In the 1990s, the building was subject to broad-reaching restoration to become the headquarters of Caixaforum Palma, an all-round cultural centre open to all. Over the year it is the venue for magnificent temporary exhibitions, workshops, guided tours, symposia, conferences or concerts, amongst other activities, as well as a significant range of educational options aimed at families and schools in Mallorca. A multi-purpose space which is now a beacon and a cultural meeting place in the heart of the city.
A good way of discovering the building is to take part in one of the guided tours CaixaForum organises on Modernism, its historical and cultural context and the details of the construction of the Gran Hotel. The centre also has a bookshop specialising in art, a restaurant-cafeteria and a large conference room. And on the upper floor, one can contemplate the permanent collection of works by the painter Hermen Anglada-Camarasa, who formed part of the artistic movement in Europe in the early 20th century and lived in Port de Pollença. The current exhibition includes works showing some of the motifs that most captivated him, above all the female figure, landscape, the seabed and flowers.