Ever since the Consell Insular was established, its art collection has been continuously growing, bringing together the wide variety of techniques and styles that make up the modern and contemporary Eivissa art scene.
In this virtual museum, visitors can enjoy the current art collection belonging to the Consell Insular of Eivissa. Any new acquisitions will also be included in this collection, as well as art exhibitions presented in Sa Nostra Sala and the Ethnographic Museum of Eivissa.
The Consell Insular of Eivissa art collection was created in 1979, the same year in which the Consell Insular of Eivissa and Formentera was established. From that moment on, the Consell Insular has been responsible for cataloguing, inventorying, preserving and restoring, as well as publicising this essential part of Eivissa artistic heritage.
This art collection is mainly made up of works by artists born in Eivissa or related to the island. It started up as a humble set of pieces, but it has been progressively growing as circumstances, opportunities and cultural policies have allowed or encouraged it. In recent years, a significant effort has been made by the Consell Insular of Eivissa in order to expand its art collection by means of acquisitions, donations, transfers or deposits of artworks. In addition, the artwork catalogue updating has also been fostered.
It is said that Art is sensitivity of people and expression of the society that creates it. Artists may be led to create, draw, paint, model or chisel by so many motivations and circumstances; and their creative inquisitiveness may be awaken by so many feelings. Thus, it would be rare and difficult for an artist not to be influenced by their environment at all. This is the reason why, among other more aesthetic and artistic aspects, the study of a society and the knowledge of a people help us to understand artists’ creative motivations. On the other hand, studying artists and their artworks provides people with an enriching and complementary knowledge of each people. The Consell Insular of Eivissa understands it that way, being an essential motivating factor when creating and expanding its art collection. An institutional collection whose aim is to present the wide variety of techniques and styles that make up the modern and contemporary Eivissa art scene.
Like in many other places at the end of the nineteenth century, in the largest Pitiusa Island an interest in reproducing ground-truth images emerged: photography. Several events, landscapes, portraits, among other subjects, are frozen and captured in an image for the future to come. In this world of "technological innovations", the curious artist spirit of the young Narcís Puget Viñas, considered by many to be the father of modern painting in Eivissa, grew and developed. At first, his concern was to capture reality quite faithfully and, as a result, he travelled to Barcelona to be trained in photography. However, once there, he quickly realised reality was made up of colours, hues, textures, and began to show an interest in art. Greatly influenced by Impressionism he started his training, specifically in painting.
Upon returning to Eivissa, he combined his work as a photographer with teaching pictorial technique in an atelier to those young men who showed an interest in it: Josep Tarrés, Antoni Pomar, Vicent Ferrer Guasch and his own son, Narcís Puget Riquer, among others. Many of his pupils developed defined personalities and creative techniques. Since the 1930s and later on, in a second stage in the 1950s, that batch of young painters, disciples of Ciset, as the old painter and teacher was known, coexisted with the arrival on the island of many artists from all over Europe. Those artists sought after refuge, being enchanted by Mediterranean colours, a pleasant climate and a kind of social environment, based on the premise laissez fer, laissez passer.
Most of those foreign artists created the group Ibiza 59, a greatly influential artistic cluster. Cosmopolitan and groundbreaking people, whose ways of expression and pictorial techniques were abstract and avant-garde. In turn local painters, also outstanding technically and artistically, founded the group Puget in 1962. Following the former impressionist technique taught by Puget Viñas, they all left an important personal mark comprising scenes painted in a costumbrista style (depicting everyday manners and customs), local landscapes, seascapes, portraits and still lifes. This figurative painting style would evolve from Antoni Mari Ribas Portmany‘s thick brushstrokes to Ferrer Guasch’s stylised lines and luminous whites; from Puget Riquer’s outstanding watercolour technique to Pomar’s scenes inspired by Sorolla; and from Josep Tarrés, the painter with topaz eyes, to Tur Costa, possibly the father of abstract painting in the Balearic Islands.
Up until today, the artistic scene of Eivissa gathers a wide mix of different techniques, themes, disciplines... giving way to a variety of trends and styles that reveal its remarkable artistic production and innovative creative initiatives.
The Consell Insular of Eivissa art collection was created in 1979, the same year in which the Consell Insular of Eivissa and Formentera was established. This art collection is mainly made up of works by artists born in Eivissa or related to the island. It started up as a humble set of pieces, but it has been progressively growing as circumstances, opportunities and cultural policies have allowed or encouraged it. From that moment on, the Consell Insular has been responsible for cataloguing, inventorying, preserving and restoring, as well as publicising this essential part of Eivissa artistic heritage.
The pieces forming this collection can be found in different locations, such as storerooms, presiding over offices and meeting rooms across different institutional buildings, in exhibition rooms and cultural spaces, or on temporary loan to town councils of the island. In recent years, a significant effort has been made by the Consell Insular of Eivissa in order to expand its art collection by means of acquisitions, donations, transfers or deposits of artworks. In addition, the artwork catalogue updating has also been fostered.
All in all, this virtual visit around the Consell Insular of Eivissa art collection is a way of acquainting knowledge and understanding of Eivissa artistic evolution from the end of the nineteenth century up to the present day; and, in addition to providing knowledge about our society, it is a treat for the senses. Fondo de Arte del Consell Insular de Eivissa nos ayuda a conocer y a comprender la evolución del arte en Eivissa desde finales del siglo XIX hasta nuestros días, contribuyendo al conocimiento acerca de nuestra sociedad, además de representar un placer para los sentidos.