Some leading artists have been drawn to the mysteries and complexities of printmaking techniques, which they have experimented with in innovative ways.
The Graphic Art Collection of Fundación Bancaria "la Caixa" contains 4389 works by 189 artists, including Spanish creators such as Joan Miró, Antoni Clavé, Antoni Tàpies, Eduardo Chillida, Ferran García Sevilla and Joan Hernández Pijuan, and international artists such as Hannah Collins, Erwin Bechtold, Jim Bird, Christo, Larry Rivers and Robert Whitman, among others. The works were produced between the 1970s and the early 1990s at the studios of Ediciones Polígrafa in Barcelona.
Hermen Anglada-Camarasa (Barcelona, 1871 – Port de Pollença, 1959) was closely involved in some of the most important moments of art history in the first half of the twentieth century. He completed his studies in Barcelona and travelled to Paris at the end of the nineteenth century. From 1900 on he became an internationally recognised figure. During the First World War, Anglada-Camarasa took refuge in Mallorca, where he discovered the island's landscapes, which became a key element of his work.
The Hermen Anglada-Camarasa Collection consists of 85 oil paintings, 182 drawings, 54 prints, four lithographs, three sculptures, and 194 personal objects that belonged to the artist's collection. Fundación Bancaria "la Caixa" acquired the bequest, which has been on permanent display at CaixaForum Palma since 1993.
Fundación Bancaria "la Caixa" frequently showcases the Collection and the figure of Anglada-Camarasa in exhibitions. Work is also carried out to catalogue and study the Collection. In 2003 these efforts were recognised by the Ministry of Culture, which declared the Hermen Anglada-Camarasa Collection an asset of cultural interest.
Between 1987 and 2004, "la Caixa developed the Testimony Collection as part of its continuing effort to make Spanish contemporary art accessible to a wide public. The Collection, which includes over 2,000 works, reflects the institution's commitment to maintain an ongoing patronage programme and undertake actions aimed at disseminating the work of Spanish artists.
This commitment drove the creation of a genuinely diverse collection of works that accurately reflects the art of this period. Annual exhibitions were held to showcase all the latest acquisitions.
Given the broad range of galleries selected, the artworks included in the Collection offer a valuable insight into contemporary Spanish art in all its variety. Most of the works in the Testimony Collection were later placed on permanent display at various facilities and public-use spaces of "la Caixa".