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Yannick and Ben Jakober Foundation

Alcúdia, Mallorca  |  Spain  | 

Yannick and Ben Jakober Foundation

Artists Yannick and Ben Jakober have been collecting art for the last 50 years, following in the footsteps of their parents who were collectors on one side and artists on the other. The pair’s endeavours mostly reside with the foundation in Mallorca (that bears their name), along with a selection of their collection of Moroccan artists, in their home in Marrakesch.

Yannick & Ben Jakober have over the years assembled a somewhat eclectic but nevertheless coherent collection, housed and opened to the public, at Museo Sa Bassa Blanca, on the beautiful island of Mallorca. The museum is not about the founders but rather what their eyes and hearts have selected.
Starting with the collection of portraits of children from the 16th to early 19th centuries called NINS, now numbering approximately 165 paintings occupying a previous underground water reservoir, the focus moved to the creation of a sculpture park harbouring approximately 50 monumental animals rendered in granite or bronze, then to a new cryptlike space called Sokrates, where in front of the backdrop of the immense Swarovski crystal curtain, there unfolds a sort of Wunderkammer with works and objects offering a dialogue between civilizations and continents – Nepal, Africa, Papua New Guinea all in juxtaposition with modern masters: Miquel Barcelo, Rebecca Horn and Louise Bourgeois. The cherry on the cake is the room with “Juke Blue”, James Terrell’s enigmatic 1968 installation. Lastly, the house built for the Jakobers, by the legendary Hassan Fathy in 1978/80 has been converted into exhibition spaces dedicated to a mix of perspectives ranging from Moroccan and other African art to Aborigine in association with contemporary African and western art such as Brice Marden, Domenico Gnoli, Henri Michaux, Vu Cao Dam etc. To top this there is the 15th century polychrome wooden ceiling from Tarragona, Spain.
The collection is not intended to impart art-historical information, nor show off the latest trends but to create a visual and sensual experience to personally enrich the visitor.

For more information on Museo Sa Bassa Blanca and the Yannick & Ben Jakober Foundation, have a look at this online exhibition and this feature by the Independent Collectors.

Landscape V, Fatiha Zemmouri (Casablanca, 1966), 2020, 200 x 250 x 17 cm, earth, polyester and fiberglass on wood panel. Photo: Juan Sastre
Landscape V, Fatiha Zemmouri (Casablanca, 1966), 2020, 200 x 250 x 17 cm, earth, polyester and fiberglass on wood panel. Photo: Juan Sastre
Rinoceronte lanudo (fossil of a woolly rhinoceros), Upper Pleistocene Riss-Wurm interglacial period, 410 cm, bone and metallic structure. Photo: Francisco Ubilla
Rinoceronte lanudo (fossil of a woolly rhinoceros), Upper Pleistocene Riss-Wurm interglacial period, 410 cm, bone and metallic structure. Photo: Francisco Ubilla
We Don‘t Want to Stop, Shi Yong, 2006; 75 x 85 x 673 cm, wood keel, fiberglass reinforced plastics (FRP), fabric, button, gold thread, 4 Buick tyres. Photo: Juan Sastre
We Don‘t Want to Stop, Shi Yong, 2006; 75 x 85 x 673 cm, wood keel, fiberglass reinforced plastics (FRP), fabric, button, gold thread, 4 Buick tyres. Photo: Juan Sastre
Rock Cod Swimming, Sally Gabori, 2005, 213 x 90 cm, acrylic on canvas. Photo: Juan Sastre
Rock Cod Swimming, Sally Gabori, 2005, 213 x 90 cm, acrylic on canvas. Photo: Juan Sastre
Untitled, Seyni Awa Camara (Senegal, 1945), 2019, 165 x 30 x 39 cm, terracotta. Photo: Macià Puiggròs Noguera
Untitled, Seyni Awa Camara (Senegal, 1945), 2019, 165 x 30 x 39 cm, terracotta. Photo: Macià Puiggròs Noguera
Kraken, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2016, 700 x 580 cm, metal. Photo: Francisco Ubilla
Kraken, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2016, 700 x 580 cm, metal. Photo: Francisco Ubilla
Rhino, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2016, 166 x 300 x 106 cm, granite. Photo: Francisco Ubilla
Rhino, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2016, 166 x 300 x 106 cm, granite. Photo: Francisco Ubilla
Cubist Rhino, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2020, 138 x 90 x 270 cm, patinated bronze. Photo: Francisco Ubilla
Cubist Rhino, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2020, 138 x 90 x 270 cm, patinated bronze. Photo: Francisco Ubilla
Buffet, Gonçalo Mabunda (Mozambique, 1975), 115 x 110 x 70 cm, metal and weapons of war. Photo: Francisco Ubilla
Buffet, Gonçalo Mabunda (Mozambique, 1975), 115 x 110 x 70 cm, metal and weapons of war. Photo: Francisco Ubilla
Buffet, Gonçalo Mabunda (Mozambique, 1975), 115 x 110 x 70 cm, metal and weapons of war. Photo: Francisco Ubilla
Buffet, Gonçalo Mabunda (Mozambique, 1975), 115 x 110 x 70 cm, metal and weapons of war. Photo: Francisco Ubilla
Untitled, Shuvinai Ashoona/ Cape Dorset, Nunavut, 2013, 64.8 x 49.9 cm, coloured pencils, ink. Photo: Juan Sastre
Untitled, Shuvinai Ashoona/ Cape Dorset, Nunavut, 2013, 64.8 x 49.9 cm, coloured pencils, ink. Photo: Juan Sastre
Figura, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2017, 244 x 255cm, corten steel. Photo: Gabriel Barceló
Figura, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2017, 244 x 255cm, corten steel. Photo: Gabriel Barceló
LAS ESTELAS DEL SOL, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2007; ellipse: 27.5 x 20.5 m, formed by 13 stones 3 meters high. Natural calcareous stones from Mallorca. Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo
LAS ESTELAS DEL SOL, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2007; ellipse: 27.5 x 20.5 m, formed by 13 stones 3 meters high. Natural calcareous stones from Mallorca. Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo
Ghirigoro, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2021, 30-60 cm x ø 17 m, binissalem stones. Photo: Jack Mestre
Ghirigoro, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2021, 30-60 cm x ø 17 m, binissalem stones. Photo: Jack Mestre
Portrait of Princes Vittorio Amedeo, Emmanuele Filiberto
and Filippo Emanuele of Savoy, Jan Kraeck called Giovanni Caracca (active 1567-1607); Flemish school; oil on canvas, around 1592-95; dimensions: 177.1 x 142.2 cm; 203.2 x 166.5 x 7 cm (with frame). Photo: msbb Archive
Portrait of Princes Vittorio Amedeo, Emmanuele Filiberto and Filippo Emanuele of Savoy, Jan Kraeck called Giovanni Caracca (active 1567-1607); Flemish school; oil on canvas, around 1592-95; dimensions: 177.1 x 142.2 cm; 203.2 x 166.5 x 7 cm (with frame). Photo: msbb Archive
Coffered ceiling, Artesonado mudéjar, Tarazona (Zaragoza), 1498, 445 x 445 x 210 cm, carved and polychrome wood. Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo
Coffered ceiling, Artesonado mudéjar, Tarazona (Zaragoza), 1498, 445 x 445 x 210 cm, carved and polychrome wood. Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo
Yam Dreaming, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, 1994, 87 x 70 cm, acrylic on linen cloth. Photo: Juan Sastre
Yam Dreaming, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, 1994, 87 x 70 cm, acrylic on linen cloth. Photo: Juan Sastre
Haniwa, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2007, 278 x 350 x 115 cm, beige granite. Photo: Francisco Ubilla
Haniwa, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2007, 278 x 350 x 115 cm, beige granite. Photo: Francisco Ubilla
La Pietà, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2022, 180 x 120 x 118 cm; pedestal: 70 x ø 110 cm, granite.
Photo: Francisco Ubilla
La Pietà, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2022, 180 x 120 x 118 cm; pedestal: 70 x ø 110 cm, granite. Photo: Francisco Ubilla
Elefante, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2017, 244 x 255cm, corten steel. Photo: Francisco Ubilla
Elefante, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2017, 244 x 255cm, corten steel. Photo: Francisco Ubilla
El Hanch, After Yves Saint Laurent painting - later than the original mural, painted in 1967; 2020, 178 cm high 126 cm wide, thickness 15mm, methacrylate. Photo: Francisco Ubilla
El Hanch, After Yves Saint Laurent painting - later than the original mural, painted in 1967; 2020, 178 cm high 126 cm wide, thickness 15mm, methacrylate. Photo: Francisco Ubilla
Rhino, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2016, 166 x 300 x 106 cm, granite. Photo: Gabriel Barceló
Rhino, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2016, 166 x 300 x 106 cm, granite. Photo: Gabriel Barceló
Nido, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2021, 90-144 (height) x ø 570 cm, olive tree prunings. Photo: Juan Sastre
Nido, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2021, 90-144 (height) x ø 570 cm, olive tree prunings. Photo: Juan Sastre
LAS ESTELAS DEL SOL, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2007; Ellipse: 27.5 x 20.5 m., formed by 13 stones 3 m high. Natural calcareous stones from Mallorca. Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo
LAS ESTELAS DEL SOL, Ben Jakober & Yannick Vu, 2007; Ellipse: 27.5 x 20.5 m., formed by 13 stones 3 m high. Natural calcareous stones from Mallorca. Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo

All images courtesy of the Yannick & Ben Jakober Foundation