From November 2, the exhibition galleries of the Moneo Building will be emptied and temporarily closed to the public for the first time in its history. The emblematic building will now undergo, as was done in 2017 with the Taller Sert, a process of rehabilitation, maintenance and safety.
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It should be noted that, despite the closure of these exhibition galleries for a few months, the Foundation will remain open to the public and you can continue to visit, the two creative workshops of Joan Miró, the Taller Sert and Son Boter, as well as the Espai Cúbic and the corridor of the Moneo Building. This will mean a reduction in the price of the general ticket, which will temporarily cost from € 9 to € 5.5. However, a micro-patronage campaign has been launched, and as the Foundation’s managing director, Francisco Copado, points out, “all visitors who come to the Foundation during the works will be informed of these works and they will be given the option of acquiring the full ticket to collaborate and help the Foundation in the preservation not only of the collection but also with the architectural heritage of the institution”.
The area where the rehabilitation work will be focused will be mainly the water deck that welcomes the visitor. A kind of trompe-l’oeil that simulates bringing the sea and the horizon closer to the observer to try to emulate the vision that Miró enjoyed. This water deck presents a series of deficiencies that now, after years of procedures, preliminary studies, competitions and waits will be remedied.
This intervention space represents almost 800 square meters of surface and the direction of the work will be carried out by the technicians of Infrastructures of the City council of Palma, Toni Sbert, Eva Borràs and Miquel Moll. The work has been tendered for a total amount of € 430,269.68. Of these, € 177,000 comes in the form of a grant from the Tourist Accommodation Exchange Consortium and the rest is assumed by Palma City Council.
The Moneo Building, inaugurated in 1992 and designed by the renowned architect Rafael Moneo, winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1996, is the result of a donation from Pilar Juncosa, Miró’s widow, who in 1986 donated land and 42 works to be auctioned by Sotheby’s for the benefit of the institution.