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A museum to be discovered: the Charterhouse of Valldemossa

The Charterhouse of Valldemossa is not the typical museum you can see in any travel guide or tips: it's a "museum-style space" with its own history brimming with fascinating events and characters. Here visitors have a unique chance to immerse themselves in one of the most magical places of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. Over the years, its impressive collections have grown in reputation and La Cartoixa has become a must for any visitor to Valldemossa. For example, its art collection, which belongs to the Municipal Museum of Valldemossa. This provides an overwhelming display of landscapes inspired by the local mountains. Towns such as Sóller, Andratx, Pollença and, above all, Valldemossa, are all portrayed by a group of artists from different backgrounds: Ricard Anckerman, Toni Ribas, Llorenç Cerdà, Francisco Bernareggi, Joan Fuster... Nor can we, or should we forget the work of painters living just a few metres from La Cartoixa, such as Bruno Zupan, Nils Burwitz, Tomeu Reüll and someone intertwined with the collective memory of the Mallorcan people, the Catalan Josep Coll Bardolet.

Another area of La Cartoixa devoted entirely to art is on the upper floor, with a permanent exhibition of contemporary works. Juli Ramis, one of the most iconic Mallorcan painters of the 20th century, takes pride of place but you can also admire pieces by other artists such as Francis Bacon, Henry Moore or Max Ernst, all acquaintances of Ramis during his time in Paris. And there's still space left over in this contemporary art exhibition for a series of works and documents closely related to the Ultraist movement, which arose in opposition to Modernismo and was promoted by the writer Jorge Luis Borges as well as, in the case of Mallorca, by the poet Jacob Sureda, a member of the Sureda family who lived in the Palace of King Sanç.

This combination of variety, quality and history makes La Cartoixa a museum centre to be (re)discovered and, above all, to be enjoyed at a time of the year such as the present.

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