Built by the German architect and painter Erwin Broner in the 60s, this spectacular building opens its doors as a public museum of international reference.
Casa Broner is located in Sa Penya neighbourhood, right over the cliff. From its big windows, you can enjoy the brightness and fresh breeze of the sea and the stunning views of Formentera. The house has two floors with a studio, terrace, and garden. Erwin also designed the furniture, which is exhibited in the house—together with the paintings, drawings, and personal items—and we can appreciate it thanks to Gisela, Erwin’s wife, who donated the house to the City Hall a few years before she passed away.
Casa Broner was declared a good of cultural interest (BIC) because it combines to perfection the architectural tradition of Ibiza with the most significant German design style of the twentieth century: the Bauhaus. Its straight, pure lines and solid shapes mix with the white walls and the Sabina ceiling beams, creating an avant-garde atmosphere, which was completely innovative in those times.
Broner belonged to a high-bourgeois Jewish family that lived in Charlottenburg, Berlin. There, they were dedicated to financing, painting, and studies in art history. With the arrival of Nazism, they lost all the patrimony and Erwin scaped from this atrocity finding refuge in Ibiza, like many other German Jews.
As a painter, Broner participated in the group ‘59 until its dissolution in 1964, where he was able to develop his passion for abstraction and art along with other intellectuals of the time. He built several houses on the island, such as the “Estudi Tur Costa”, and his legacy will remain alive forever in the hearts of all who appreciate the beauty and take care of our wonderful Ibiza.
Entrance to Casa Broner is free, so I hope you can find some time in your agenda to visit this amazing building in the town of Dalt Vila.
- From 1 April to 30 September:
Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm & 6 pm – 8 pm / Sunday: 10 am – 2 pm / Closed on Monday and public holidays.
- From 1 October to 31 March:
Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am – 1:30 pm / Tuesday to Friday: 4 pm – 6 pm / Sunday: 10 am – 2 pm / Closed on Monday and public holidays.
Carreró de Sa Penya, 15, Ibiza
Telephone: 971 310 644
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