In the eternal debate regarding the dialogue between art and exhibition spaces, the Pelaires Gallery opts for having its very own distinct identity. It stands out not just due to its location in a 13th-century building, but also because its project is closely linked and committed to the Island of Majorca, the territory it calls home since it opened back in 1969.
With a trajectory spanning over half a century, Pelaires is one of the first modern art galleries in Spain, and in Majorca – the delightful Mediterranean island whose strong creative heartbeat is found within it. Its founders, Pep Pinya and Niní Quetglas, designed the gallery to be a place of inspiration for artists from all over the world. Its presence internationally has always been exceptional, thanks to the participation of such artists as Joan Miró, Antoni Tàpies and Alexander Calder among others, as well as a large family of curators, critics and collectors.
It is a very personal way of understanding the profession and it is no surprise that Frederic Pinya, who now runs the project started by his father, does so with the same passion and respect.
What is the Pelaires Gallery today, where does it stand and what are its core values?
Today, the Pelaires Gallery is the sum of all its experiences over the past fifty years. These experiences, involving artists, collectors, curators and critics have made us what we are today, with a core value that has remained unchanged since the very first day: our commitment to modern art. That is our passion and, at the same time, our primary value. The main purpose behind the Pelaires Gallery.
Where does the Pelaires Gallery’s strength lie?
We like what we do, it is a vocation that we work rigorously at and with the utmost professionalism. This is what has allowed us to progressively adapt to societal changes without succumbing to fashions or superficialities, maintaining the essence of modern art and staying away from opportunismus. This has given the Pelaires Gallery the credibility it currently enjoys.
The gallery’s building is an authentic palace that conserves architectural elements from its various periods of construction. How has this space changed over the years?
It is a 13th-century building which we have renovated with the aim of recovering and highlighting its own unique identity. We feel very fortunate as the connection between the works of art and the space in which they are exhibited has always been a guarantee of success for us. This gives the Pelaires Gallery a soul that can be felt even in the entrance courtyard, and is also another of our values.
How has your profession evolved and what does the future hold for the Pelaires Gallery?
Our story spans more than five decades because we have been able to continually adapt over time. Because of this, we look to the future with confidence and optimism. We are well-placed digitally, allowing us to reach artists and collectors from all over the world, creating new connections and opportunities. I am aware of the importance of the digital world, but I enjoy it even more when I see a collector’s face as they fall in love with a piece in the gallery. We must be able to enhance both experiences, it is a great challenge.