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Palau March (Bartolomé March Foundation)


In the Palau March part of the Foundation's excellent collection of modern and contemporary sculpture can be seen. The collection gathered partly reflects the personal taste of the collector and partly, most of the trends that have shaped the history of sculpture in the 20th century. Works by renowned international artists are complemented by Spanish artists of international standing.

The variety of materials - granite, marble, bronze, iron, steel, etc. - textures, colours and shapes, transform the space chosen for the exhibition into a powerful and suggestive garden of art.  Regarded as the jewel in the collection, this magnificent ensemble started with an interest in collecting 18th century Neapolitan figures.  Since the 1970s, and encouraged by his mother, Leonor Servera, a woman with a great character and very refined taste, Bartolomé March acquired almost 2,000 pieces, some signed by renowned makers of nativity scenes. In the current installations, exhibition criteria have been chosen that make it possible to appreciate all of the splendour of the scenes and the sumptuous detail that adorns the figures. By invitation of the body in charge of Spain's national heritage, this nativity scene was displayed in the Royal Palace in Madrid at Christmas 2008 and was a great success with the public and critics alike, receiving over 70,000 visitors.

Bartolomé March's collection of Majorcan cartography is another of the many collections he put together. In Majorca, between the 14th and 15th centuries, large numbers of navigational charts signed by local cartographers were made. The great majority of these charts left the island and the most famous ones ended up in public libraries or in the hands of individual collectors. Uniting this collection, considered to be one of the finest in the world, was an arduous task. The sample displayed here is very well documented and is a collection of great interest, both for its technical perfection and its exquisite ornamentation.