History

History
/ The Foundation

The Foundation was established in 1993 by the couple formed by artists and collectors, Ben Jakober and Yannick Vu and philanthropist Georges Coulon Karlweis. In that year a former underground cistern of the Sa Bassa Blanca property was transformed to accommodate a unique collection of children's portraits from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

In 1995, the Foundation received the first visits of groups connected to the world of art and culture, and  finally in January 2001 it was opened permanently to the public in general. Visits to the "Nins" space,rose garden and Sculpture Park, so characteristic of the Foundation, combine the enjoyment of art with nature.

In 2006 part of the main building designed by Hassan Fathy was opened to visitors: the Karlweis Wing which houses a collection of modern and contemporary art and the “Mudejar” polychrome coffered ceiling on the top floor.

Finally, in 2007 the SoKraTES exhibition space was added as well as the area of the "Zoo", a Sculpture Park with huge granite animals inspired by ancient civilisation representations.

Since autumn 2009 the didactic program is one of the principal activities of the Foundation, bringing art and nature of the Museum to schools as well as numerous groups with specific needs.

During its young history, the heritage  of the Foundation has been recognized on numerous occasions. The Nins collection was declared Catalogued in the Historical Heritage Patrimony of the Balearic Islands, and the “Mudejar” coffered Ceiling as Heritage of  Great Cultural interest. The Foundation has also received awards and recognitions like the special mention of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards (2009), the Gold Medal of the Town of Alcudia (2008) or the Gold Plate of the Foundation of Majorca Tourism Development  (2008) among many others.

Art Works belonging to the Foundation, especially the Nins collection and works by Domenico Gnoli ,Yannick and Ben Jakober have travelled to other museums and galleries at national and international levels, both forming an exhibition onto itself aand participating with specific works to larger exhibitions.

The Foundation is renowned since its inception for being in constant renewal and change that culminated in 2014 with the beginning of temporary exhibitions. 

Located in Alcudia, Majorca, Spain, msbb is a museum fully integrated in a Protected Area declared Wildlife Sanctuary.
msbb - Museo Sa Bassa Blanca

msbb

Museo Sa Bassa Blanca

Fundación Yannick y Ben Jakober

 

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