• Historia Can Prunera Museo Modernista

    Can Prunera, junto con otros ejemplos como el Gran Hotel, Can Forteza Rey y can Casasayes, los tres de Palma, forma parte del amplio conjunto de edificios modernistas que se construyeron, a principios del siglo XX.


    Can Prunera, together with other buildings such as the Grand Hotel, Can Forteza Rey and Can Casasayas, the three of them in Palma, belongs to a large set of buildings erected in the early 20th century following the models of Catalan Modernisme and French Art-nouveau.


    In 1865, a terrible infestation affected the orange and lemon trees in a large portion of the Sóller valley, which lead to deep economic crisis and forced many families who used to live on citrus harvest and trade to emigrate. Their main destinations were South America and Europe. Countries such as Puerto Rico, Venezuela, France, Germany and Belgium would receive immigrants from Sóller. Notwithstanding, it was chiefly in France where most of them would start the quest for a better life. They settled in cities like Nancy, Lyon, Marseille and Belfort. It was in Belfort where Joan Magraner and Margalida Vicens, known in Sóller by the family nickname of Prunera (‘plum tree’) due to their job as fruit traders, made a fortune in the business of fruit, grocery and liqueur import and export. Once the fortune was made, they decided to move back to Sóller and build a mansion according to the style that was then trendy in France at the time: art nouveau. In France, they had left their children in charge of the business.


    Can Prunera was built between 1904 and 1911. Nothing is known about its author, although two hypothesis exist: according to one of them, it was Joan Rubió i Bellver (1870-1952), a Catalan architect who at that time was working on the façades of Saint Bartholomew Church and the Bank of Sóller headquarters, but there is no documental evidence of it. Another hypothesis attributes it to local builders.


    The building is an example of the taste of emigrants who, coming back mainly from France or Puerto Rico, would compete to rise the most beautiful house, which would show the wealth they had obtained.


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  • Can Prunera Museu Modernista Està situat en un antic casal d’estil modernista construït al començament del segle XX. Formes sinuoses, animalístiques i naturals es combinen per donar la benvinguda al visitant, que recorrerà un museu que s’ha convertit en una dels senyals d’identitat del poble de Sóller.


    Can Prunera Museu Modernista is located in an old art nouveau mansion built in the early 20th century. A combination of sinuous, natural and animal-like shapes welcome visitors to a museum which has become one of the features of the town of Sóller. 


    The visit starts in the ground and main floor rooms, containing some of the original furniture (tables, chairs, beds, wardrobes and showcases with a clear ornamental richness). In those same rooms, paintings and sculptures are shown. In the second floor, there is the exhibition “Del Modernisme al segle XXI” [From art nouveau to the 21st century], a set of paintings belonging mainly to the Serra Art Collection which has been enlarged over the past few years with works donated by private owners and artists to the Tren de l’Art Foundation, the organization that manages Can Prunera Museu Modernista.


    In the basement, there are the rooms popularly known as botigues: the old room containing a kitchen stove, an olive oil tank, a sink and a well, which can still be seen; a refectory for the domestic service –which nowadays hosts temporary exhibitions– and the storage rooms –today devoted to Juli Ramis, where works from three of the most characteristic periods of this painter from Sóller are shown: early years, Cubism and abstract works. In the garden, visitors can contemplate the inner façade of the house and the collection of sculptures displayed. Can Prunera Museu Modernista was opened on August 24th 2009, coinciding with the Feast day of Sóller’s patron saint, Saint Bartholomew.


    Since then, many people have visited this place, including many tourists, but also a large number of islanders whose curiosity had been awaken to discover an important part of our cultural heritage. Thanks to the great refurbishment of the building between 2006 and 2009, Can Prunera has obtained great recognition and has become an important landmark of Majorcan art nouveau.