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JUST WEST OF Mallorca’s capital, Palma, which the third edition of Lonely Planet Mallorca calls “the most agreeable of all Mediterranean towns,” is the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró (miro.parma.cat).
The foundation is in Cala Major, “once a jet-set beach scene,” says the guidebook, but today its main attraction is the foundation, “a major art stop.” Built in 1992 next to the studio where Catalan Spanish artist Joan Miró (1893-1983) toiled for the last 27 years of his life, it has over 2,500 of his works, including 118 paintings.
“The island was an endless source of inspiration to the artist,” says the guidebook, pointing to “the pure brilliance of the light, and the vivid blues of the sea.” It quotes Miró: “I invent nothing, it’s all here.”
Beyond the studio is an 18th-century farmhouse Miró bought for more privacy. “Inside,” says the guidebook, “giant scribblings on the whitewashed walls served as plans for some of his bronze statues.” Examples of those sculptures are arrayed on the grounds. The foundation also displays Miró memorabilia, and part of its gallery space is given over to temporary exhibitions.
For more Miró visit Es Baluard (www.esbaluard.org), the Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani in Palma; a room on the ground floor is devoted to his works.
Printable 4X6-inch card
1. This is a drawing by:
a) Edgar Degas
b) Vincent van Gogh
c) Mary Cassatt
2. Captain Thunderbolt, a 19th-century highwayman, had a secret identity as a school teacher in:
c) Rhode Island
3. Cape Coast Castle, once an embarkation point for slaves, is a UNESCO World Heritage site in:
a) Sierra Leone
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Where do you want to go? Hawaii?
NAPILI KAI, Hawaii—We have Capt. George Vancouver and the vaqueros to thank for one of Hawaii’s best cultural exports. In the 1790s, Vancouver visited the Big Island and gave cattle to Kamehameha I. The Hawaiian king declared the animals taboo, meaning no one could kill any of them. The idea was to give the small herd time to grow. This it did, and a few generations later the Big Island was overrun with more than 30,000 sacrosanct bovines. They ate the Hawaiians’ native foods and generally made life unpleasant. In 1832, King Kamehameha III came up with a solution: he imported a handful of vaqueros—Mexican cowboys—to teach Hawaiians how to round up the cattle, which would then be shipped to California.
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What do you want to do? See plays?
SCARBOROUGH, England—On any given day Alan Ayckbourn can be sure that at least one of his 70-plus works is being performed somewhere on the globe. Ayckbourn—Sir Alan since 1997—is considered a national treasure in Britain. His star waxes and wanes in the rest of the world, but never disappears entirely. In the mid-1970s he had four plays onstage simultaneously on Broadway. In 2010 he was back in Manhattan to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Tonys.
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