Details of several current exhibitions focussing on ethnic and local Ibicenco art.
Now the temperature is rising, a good way of escaping the summer heat is to take refuge in one of Ibiza’s air-conditioned galleries and look at some art. Here’s a quick roundup of what you can see in Ibiza Town at the moment. What’s even better is that they are all free to get in and most are open into the evening.
Light & Colour, Santa Eulalia
Diana Bustamante will present ‘La llum dels dies’ (The light of the days) next Friday in the municipal exhibition hall of Santa Eulalia.
Diana Bustamante, born in Madrid, grew up in Santa Eulalia and she made it her permanent home in 1999 when she returned to the island after finishing her degree. Up until now, Bustamante has led a brilliant trajectory as a graphic designer and a more personal trajectory as a painter. The municipal exhibition hall of Santa Eulalia will be hosting from next Friday at 8.30pm, until July 18th, an exhibition of her latest works. Diana has wanted to make a personal tribute to the images of the area as she remembers them from when she was a child, giving a view of the simple and authentic Ibiza. The result of ‘The llum dels dies’ – which brings together an essentially cheerful and colourful work, enhanced by a palette of blues, greens, browns and reds, a very Mediterranean tonality – is to move the viewer to the calm and fragile natural environments Ibiza and, above all, to the places trapped in her memory. Bustamante’s landscapes are clearly recognizable but are not figurative. Part of the exhibition is occupied by images of ball pages (traditional Ibicenco dancing)
Bejas’ Mar D’Amor
Juan Vallet Martinez, known as Bejas, is a skin craftsman by trade and artist by vocation. From last Tuesday until the 11th of July, at the Pacha Hotel, he will be displaying a sample of his most personal and creative side through an exhibition, entitled ‘Mar de Amor’ (Sea of Love), aims to immerse the observers in the threatening beauty of the waves to invite them to reflect about the dual facet of the sea.
Vallet Martinez was born in Orihuela in 1963 and currently lives in Cullera, where he has his studio. He is the father of eight children and countless works of art and craft. He does not consider himself an artist but a researcher that combines in a chameleonic fashion tradition and new technologies.
He comes from a family of puppeteers, the Montoya, and early in his life he felt intensely drawn to theatre. He has worked with Joaquín Hinojosa and Vicente Genovés and performed plays by authors such as Dario Fo, Bertold Brecht and Alfred Jarry, amongst others. Between 1998 and 2000 he worked in various apparel and setting creation projects for the Cullera museums.
He is booked to exhibit in the Zieglerhof de Lüneburg gallery in Germany next May.
If you can’t make it to the Pacha Hotel, you can have a look at his work on his website:
Tribal Art at Atzaró
The Agroturismo Atzaró in Sant Carles, hosted Monday and Tuesday a Central India Tribal Art exhibition to benefit the organization Adivasi Arts Trust whose aim is to help promote and preserve tribal art and culture.
In Central India there are about 600 different tribal groups called ‘adivasis’, which means ‘original inhabitants’. The exhibition has toured several galleries in London before joining Ibiza and aims to support artists and their communities.
Joan Miró exhibition
The must-see exhibition at the moment in Ibiza is the Miró exhibition ‘The Light of the Night’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Dalt Vila. On show are 25 paintings, 14 bronze sculptures and a tapestry, all created towards the end of his career in the 1960s and 70s. It is a unique opportunity to see some of the late work of this internationally renowned Catalan artist. Until August 15.
The museum also has an interesting permanent collection of art from the mid 20th Century, much of it from artists who have lived or been based on the island. In the basement you can see some of the Roman and Punic remains that were uncovered when the building was extended, which are entombed underneath a glass floor.
The museum and Miró exhibition is free and is open every day, except Mondays. Ronda Narcís Puget, Dalt Vila. For location and opening hours see:
Old photos of Ibiza
Fourty fantastic black and white photographs taken by the German photographer Heinz Vontin are on show at the Puget Museum in Dalt Vila. Taken when he spent the summer on the island in 1955. There are some great photos showing what the island and its people looked like back then. Scenes in Ibiza Town (Vara de Rey, Dalt Vila, La Marina and the port) are juxtaposed with shots in San Antonio and the countryside around the island, showing people at work and at play. Shopkeepers, street traders, fishermen, girls cleaning wool, people relaxing outside on the terrace of the Teatro Pereira and scenes outside the old Cinema Serra are all depicted. Until October 31st.
The museum is in a beautiful old palace and it also houses the permanent collection from father and son artists Narcís Puget Riquer and Narcís Puget Viñas who both lived in Ibiza and painted scenes of island life. Also worth seeing.
Entrance to the museum and the exhibition is free. For opening hours check their website, but it’s always closed on Monday. C/ Major, Dalt Vila.
Quico Torres, Es Polvorí
There is an exhibition by Alicante sculpture Quico Torres until July 14th at Es Polvorí. It is a series of unique works sculpted from krion, a new material made of one-third organic material (high-quality polyester polymer resin) and two-thirds natural minerals (alumina), which is characterised by its pure white colour and being strong but malleable. Es Polvorí is the old ‘powder room’ or arsenal below the Bastion of Santa Llúcia in Dalt Vila (behind the terrace bar). It has been transformed into a cultural space, managed by Fundació Baleària, who put on regular interesting art exhibitions by local artists (as well as other cultural events). Free entrance. Open 10am-1pm and 5pm-8pm (shut on Mondays). Details at:
Jean Willi, Can Botino
Thirty recent watercolours by the Swiss artist Jean Willi are on show in the foyer of City Hall Eivissa (Can Botino). Willi has lived in Ibiza since 1975. The exhibition has been coordinated by Elena Ruiz Sastre, the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACE) in Ibiza. On until January 2015. Free entrance, Monday-Friday from 10am to 3pm. Can Botino, C/ Pere Tur 1.
‘DreamScapes’, an exhibition of photographs by Ibizan resident Lucien Lecarme opens at The Ocean Drive Hotel in Marina Botafoch on Friday July 4th at 9pm. It features photographs that give impressions of urban, rural and vital Ibiza.
Sala de Cultura
The Sala de Cultura, jointly sponsored by Sa Nostra and the Consell d’Ibiza houses a range of temporary art exhibitions.
Current exhibition is work by Catherine Javel ‘Posidonia’, until July 4th. Free entrance. C/ Aragón, 17. Usually open Monday to Friday 11am-2pm and 5pm-8.30pm during exhibitions.
Marta Torres Gallery
This small gallery has a permanent exhibition of the works of Marta Torres, but also mounts regular temporary exhibitions. Next to the Teatro Pereyra, C/ Conde de Roselló, 1. Open from 11am-2pm and 5pm-9pm.
Club Diario de Ibiza
The Club Diario de Ibiza holds regular free art exhibitions. The next exhibition will be ‘Life is Love’ with work from Sergio Ferrero, which opens on July 29th. Free entrance. Open Monday to Friday from 5pm-9pm. Club Diario de Ibiza, Avenida de la Paz, Ibiza.
Urban in Ibiza #6
This annual event and urban art show is back again with a launch party on August 7th at Atzaró. The party will combine an exhibition of urban art, live painting by some of the foremost contemporary and street artists of the present day, with live and DJ music and fashion shows. Held in the sumptuous setting of Atzaro, it’s always a must-do in the cultural calendar and enjoyable for all the family.
The exhibition will feature live painting and prepared artworks by the London Westbank Gallery’s network of contemporary and street artists: Gareth Knowles, Patrick Bremer, Banksy, Mr Brainwash, Cunni Outsider, AK 47, Inkie, Zeus, Snik, Ryca, Pure Evil, Milo, Mau Mau, Jim Star, Kristian Hornsleth, K Guy, Ben Allen, Rowan Newton, Henry Hate, Gemma Compton, Jim Vision, Chu, David Walker, Thomos Brothers, Copyright, Fin Dac, Elmo Hood, Chapter, Beejour, Dank, Dale Grimshaw and My Dog Sigh. Music in the form of a cutting edge selection of live and DJ music from the past four decades will be provided by Studio Killers, RIVRS, Scorcher/Ironik, Andy Caroll, DJ Samir and Ibiza’s own Shovell Lovell. And there’ll be fashion shows from Mark Powell and Coco Safari.
Be sure to be the date in your calendar as it’s a great event. Opens 7th of August, with exhibition continuing to August 21st. Atzaro Agroturismo, Ctra. Sant Joan Km 15, Ibiza.