THE “La Caixa” Foundation is commemorating the centenary of the Grand Hotel in Palma.
Simultaneously, it is the tenth anniversary of the Foundation being housed in this modernist architectural landmark. For the occasion, it has launched an exhibition entitled “10 years of culture, 100 years of history”, a walk down memory lane. The Grand Hotel was built in 1900 by the Catalonian architect, Lluís Doménec. His commission came from Joan Palmer who made a fortune in the shoe industry in Montevideo and later wanted to donate to Palma a hotel of the finest kind. In 1987, the “La Caixa” Foundation, a brainchild of the bank of the same name, acquired it for conversion to a cultural centre. The exhibition which commemorates these key events in the life of the building can be visited from 28 July. It takes up three floors of the building, arranged according to subject matter. The first floor is dedicated to images of the restoration of the building in 1987 after being acquired by the banking organization. The second highlights the most important exhibitions that have been inaugurated over the last ten years when the building has been run by “La Caixa”. The third which explores the link of real estate to the modernist movement, centres on a collection of photographs by Serge Brison and shows how Palma's Grand Hotel is included in this heritage. The images are complemented for the visitor by audiovisual material entitled “The Stages of Modernism in Majorca” which illustrates the many areas where this architectural style can be found on the island. The exhibition will be inaugurated on 28 July from approximately 8pm onwards.
A visit to the museum will be followed by a dance spectacle “Hommage to Loie Fuller” interpreted by the dancer Amelia Llop.


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