Sóller was also strongly marked by the Modernista movement. In 1904, a new façade was added to the church, the works led by architect Joan Rubio Bellver, a student of Gaudí, who also designed the modernist Banc de Sóller in the square.
Soller Square with bank building and church
Can Prunera Jugend Museum
The iconic and extravagant modernist house serving as a jugend museum is about 2 minutes walk east from Sóller’s square on the Carrer de sa Lluna, the main pedestrianised shopping street. Ca’n Prunera was designed by architect Josep Rubio i Bellver, who’s other works in Sóller were the façade of the Church of Sant Bartomeu and the next-door Banco de Sóller. The wrought iron work was executed by Manuel Carrascosa, the acclaimed local blacksmith.
Art Nouveau Staircase, Ca’n Prunera;
Ca’n Prunera shows a permanent Modernist art collection with works by national and international artists such as Picasso, Miró, Matisse, Basquiat, Rusiñol, Magritte, Leger and Chillida, who were either part of the modernist movement or inspired by it. The main focus is upon local artists or those related to the Balearic islands.
There are also temporary exhibition halls, and an art library that among other items displays books illustrated by Joan Miró. Ca’n Prunera’s gardens also serve as a stage for concerts and other cultural events.
The building was completed in 1911 by the Magraner family, and remained the family home until 2006. The building as well as the period furniture and fittings have been carefully restored to recover their original majesty. It is supposed to be the best example of Sóller’s economic splendour of that era, which was fueled by the return of emigrants having made their fortunes in South America or Europe.
All photographs ©Christina Rahm/MallorcaImages 2013