On the 23rd September 2023, the Balearic capital of Palma will once again be transformed into an open-air art museum for the annual Nit de l’Art (Art Night). This year will see a host of impressive new exhibitions inaugurated in Casal Solleric – an 18th century Baroque building housing contemporary art and photography – and Can Balaguer – one of the city’s most beautiful traditional courtyards.
This annual event sees the art galleries and museums in Palma’s historic centre stay open all night, as well as work from local artists displayed in cafes, bars and balconies, transforming the city into an open-air exhibition. To celebrate the start of the art and culture season, each gallery in the city has its own programme of activities in the days leading up to the main evening, when visitors are offered free entry.
On the 23rd September, exhibition openings will include a collective exhibition at The Fermay Gallery, displaying works by Nadia Barkate, Alex Hudson and Nadia Naveau; The Baró gallery, showcasing Susy Gómez’s work, and the Aba Art Lab, portraying works by Teresa Matas.
In addition, award-winning visual artist Maria “La Ribot” Ribot will be performing a dance in Can Balaguer on the 20th September, whilst at Casal Solleric, renowned artist Patrick Hamilton will be opening his new exhibition named ‘The Forgotten’ on the 21st September and Portuguese artist Sandra Baia will present her sculptures and installations on the same day.
This Art Night, four galleries will host exhibitions for the very first time: LA BIBI; Galería Fermay; M77 Gallery; and PGallery. In the weeks following the main event, free guided tours will also be provided in Spanish, Catalan and English in the participating galleries.
Pedro Homar, Manager of the Palma Tourist Board, says:
“We have celebrated this occasion for more than 20 years. The event first began in 1997 as an initiative organised by the galleries in Palma to showcase the work of local talent and encourage visitors to engage with the artwork. The museums and galleries continue to play an important role in the celebrations, offering free entry to their exhibitions at night. The surrounding bars, cafes, shops and restaurants also get involved, offering their spaces for work to be exhibited for people to admire. It is a fantastic weekend to discover Palma’s culture offer”.