On March 2nd, it marked one year since the passing of Cristina Macaya, a prominent hostess in Mallorca, who was a member of the board of trustees of msbb and a close friend of Yannick and Ben Jakober.

At msbb, we have just showcased a selection of her personal shoe collection as part of the museum's permanent exhibition.

The use of high heels and daring shoes was characteristic of Cristina, making this display a tribute to her. 

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Queen Sofía has just been awarded the Gold Medal of the Balearic Islands, a distinction granted by the Balearic Government for "her unwavering commitment to solidarity projects that benefit society and for her connection to and promotion of the Balearic Islands."

From msbb, we are proud to have her unconditional support and we congratulate her on this award.


1. Doña Sofía visiting our museum in August 2023 accompanied by her sister Irene of Greece and other relatives. Photo: archive.

2. Queen Sofía presenting the Europa Nostra award to Yannick Vu for the Yannick and Ben Jakober Foundation in 2010. Photo: archive.

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From March 2nd to July 7th, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech will host "Cactus," an exhibition co-curated by Marc Jeanson, a botanist from the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, and Laurent Le Bon, President of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Artist Yannick Vu, co-founder of the Sa Bassa Blanca Museum, will exhibit "Cactus en Fruit," a 1983 oil on canvas work inspired by this curious plant.

Cacti have been objects of fascination for over five centuries in Europe. Spontaneously present in arid areas of our planet, they constitute a subject of study to understand the progressive diffusion of the exuberance of tropical flowers in the West through expeditions, explorations, and the explosion of horticulture in the 19th century.

As works of art, these plants are collected and are the origin of notable gardens such as the Cacti garden of Creismeas in Brittany, the Cactus Garden of César Manrique in Lanzarote, or the collection of the Huntington Gardens in San Marino near Los Angeles.

On the island of Mallorca, specifically in Las Salinas, there are two enormous cactus gardens, the Botanicactus, covering 150,000 m², and another impressive collection of cacti, possibly one of the most complete in the world, belonging to the Juan March Foundation.

The distinctive aesthetic of cacti has fascinated many artists and has traversed the history of graphic arts, including photography and painting. Artists such as Picasso, Scholz, Atget, Man Ray, Renger-Patzsch, or Wolfgang Tillmans have made these plants subjects of preference.

"Cactus" is an exhibition of these plant species and aims to showcase the extraordinary diversity of cacti and succulent plants through a wide variety of artistic expressions in dialogue.

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