Pelaires is a contemporary art gallery founded in 1969, located in the old town of Palma. Its focus ever since has been on showcasing and representing international artists who exhibit their pieces on Majorca —and usually also Spain— for the first time ever.
In 2012, Frederic Pinya (second generation), decided to take a new approach and focus on artists such as Carlos Amorales, Gregor Hildebrandt, Jason Martin, Christian Jankowski, Oliver Osborne, and mainly on female artists including Ângela Ferreira, Rebecca Horn, Claudia Peña Salinas, Jorinde Voigt, Alicja Kwade, Alice Channer, Tala Madani, Ana Laura Aláez and Inês Zenha.
Ever since, Pelaires has been promoting and producing projects by young and mid-career artists, combined with established 20th and 21st century artists linked to the gallery’s background and tradition, and who are not usually displayed in a context considered to be peripheral.
The gallery also collaborates with international curators to develop a rigorous, ambitious, and ever-changing programme. Likewise, it shows a clear commitment to promoting the region where it operates by producing and exhibiting the works by young artists from the island.
In 2019, the gallery decided to open Pelaires Cabinet on the first floor, a space conceived to promote emerging artists and site specific projects.
The main goal of the gallery is to provide room for artists whose works capture the complex and diverse current art scene, even if they do so using very different languages and aesthetic proposals. Pelaires works closely with the artists it represents, producing and displaying their pieces at international fairs while also encouraging professional exchange with other galleries.
Pelaires opened its first exhibition space on the homonymous street more than 50 years ago. In 1990 it relocated to the emblematic 17th-century historic building that now houses its premises. Today, the two-storey building hosts exhibitions all year long. The gallery has even featured the works of some of the most prominent 20th-century artists, including Miró, Picasso, Boetti, Tàpies, Chillida, Lüpertz, Kounellis, Brossa and Beuys.