This is what Joan Bennàssar, born in 1950 in Pollença, calls his three exhibitions currently on Mallorca (more information about the artist under the photos).
Part of it is in the east of the island at the foot of and inside the tower of Canyamel. The other two parts are here in Pollença.
We are very fortunate that the largest part of the exhibition entitled "vivir" (living) begins right in front of our delicacy shop.
The exhibition was originally intended to be spread over three years (beginning in 2021) and was brought forward by the artist to 2020 in order to contribute to the revitalization of tourism and the local economy.
In terms of content, Joan Bennàssar deals with fundamental human issues. Where are we and where are we going in the future? This path should be togetherness, with intelligence and many opportunities for everyone.
Our stairs to the Calvary also show that it can be a strenuous, arduous journey. The goal rewards - in a figurative sense - the fantastic view from the Calvary over the villages and mountains of Mallorca.
All figures are made of wire mesh that is covered with concrete. Color pigments are incorporated. They are usually over 2 meters high and often weigh more than a ton.
They are beings of the Mediterranean who are supposed to exude calm and friendliness, but also thoughtfulness and reverie.
You can see all the figures on the Calvary Staircase below, some of them from multiple perspectives. All in the order of ascent.
Information about the artist
Joan Bennàssar was born in Pollença in 1950. From an early age he showed a remarkable skill and vocation for drawing. In 1969 he began his studies of Fine Arts in Barcelona and exhibited his work for the first time. In the 1970s he won numerous competitions. The 1980s were important for him because of his collaboration with the Maegth-Gallery and numerous exhibitions worldwide. In the 1990s he returned to his native Pollença, after having lived for some time in Barcelona, London, Paris and Mexico. He was appointed Academician of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Sebastián.
The first years of the 21st century were characterised by a clear, deep concentration on his Mediterranean roots. In particular, he studied the society, sexuality and culture of the Balearic Islands as a central element of the Mediterranean. All this is reflected in the sculptures visible above.