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Erwin Broner exhibition @ MACE

March 2, 2015

Photo of paintings and archive materialThe Erwin Broner exhibition continues at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACE) in Dalt Vila until March 15. Broner was a German architect who lived in Ibiza in the 1960s and designed several houses and apartments on the island, mainly for friends. In 1960 he built a house in Sa Penya for himself and his wife Gisela to live in. After his death, the house was left to the city of Ibiza along with its furnishings, paintings, books, objects, letters, photographs and personal documents. All of the documentation associated with his architectural career was given to the Ibiza and Formentera branch of the Balearic Islands’ Architect Association. Casa Broner was restored and opened to the public as a museum in 2011 with the original furnishings designed by Broner himself on display. In the current   exhibition, some of the artefacts from the archives are on display in both the Museum of Contemporary Art and in Casa Broner, including photos of Broner and his wife Gisela, many of which were taken in the house in Sa Penya.

Broner2Also on display are plans and drawings of many of the 30 houses that Broner designed in Ibiza, as well as several of his paintings and drawings. We learn that Broner was not only an architect, but also a painter, a musician and that he worked in the film industry as a set designer and on animation films, spending time in the USA, Paris, London and Barcelona as well as periods on and off the island of Ibiza, where he finally settled in 1959.

If you’re interested in 60s architecture and design it’s worth going to see the exhibition at MACE, combining it with a visit to Casa Broner too if you haven’t already been there. Not only is it a fine example of 60s minimal architecture and design, but the location on the cliff edge of Sa Penya facing the sea is stunning. There’s always an assistant present on site, who is happy to show you around and tell you more about Broner and the house, and make sure that you go onto the roof terrace to take in the views. The exhibition brings to life the man who designed and lived in the house along with his wife, and gives fascinating insights into his life and career and a sense of what they experienced in Ibiza in the 60s.

The exhibition is on until March 15. Open Tuesday-Friday 10 am to 4.30 pm, Saturday-Sunday 10 am to 2 pm. Always closed on Mondays. Both museums are free.

More info at: http://www.eivissa.es/mace

Link to original article in The Ibizan: http://issuu.com/nickgibbs/docs/ibiza_sun_772_eissue/5?e=11370878/11596978

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