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Means of acquisition: Donation

Source: Mitico Shiraiva


 In 1989, Mitico Shiraiva developed a series of prints in order to commemorate the 125 years since the opening of the first secondary education center in Maó in 1864, at the Convent del Carme. The following year the center relocated to the St Francis Convent, where it remained until 1966, when it moved to its current location on Carrer Vives Llull. Since 1983, it is known as the Institut Joan Ramis i Ramis. 

  It refers to three, very realistic, watercolour prints depicting different perspectives of the church, convent and port of Maó cliff edge. These are the three that she donated to the museum and are artists proofs (Prova d’Artista) as can be seen in the left of the print (P/A). They all have their own title and are signed by the artist in the bottom right-hand angle of the print. The series is currently sold-out.null

 Mitico Shiraiva was born in São Paulo (Brazil) in 1947. In this city, she completed her Visual Arts studies at the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation, as well as learning about Sumi-e by the teacher, Masao Okinaka.

In 1977, she came to Menorca where, according to her, she was captivated by the light and made it her home. In the 70’s and 80’s she started to work on prints and continued to develop her skills with the artists Marcel Villier, Xavier Salvador and Pepe Vives; as well as in Barcelona, with Yamamoto Masafumi.

Mitico has carried out the majority of her life’s work in Menorca with the three main pillars of her work being the force of nature, light research and love of life.

In addition, she has held different individual and collective exhibitions in Menorca, Barcelona, Madrid, Castelló as well as other cities such as Milan, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

At the same time, she has also collaborated with numerous different charitable organisations such as, Amnesty International, Mans Unides, Fons Menorquí de Cooperació, ASAB and Alba, amongst others.

Within the artistic world, she has also given courses on chalcographic printing in different villages across the island, as well as workshops on ink and movement with a link to Sumi-e.

Lastly she is researching and developing her work on monotypes, etching techniques which are between printing and painting, at the Centre Internacional de Gravat de Xalubínia-Menorca. 







Sant Francesc church I, II, III. Mitico Shiraiva

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Means of acquisition: donation

Source: José Luis Montoto


The Museu de Menorca holds a number of artefacts in its deposit belonging to different individuals, with the main increase in numbers of these artefacts taking place in 1998, with the inauguration of the Museu. In 2015 M. Juana Ferrer’s son, José Luis Montoto, donated a collection of 5 fans, that had belonged to his mother, to the museum. 


The five fans are fundamental to the museum, as our center possesses a good collection and this donation increases the collection and makes it more complete, putting the Museu de Menorca’s collection up, to 25 fans. These are from both the 19th and 20th centuries with the oldest one dating back to the Elizabethan era. There is only one that is not very well preserved however, the model is interesting because its leaf is made of tulle and it represents the first of this type amongst the museum’s collection. 



From the 18th century onwards, the fan was an important accessory in women’s clothing. One can see in the images of paintings how it is an essential ornament to the attire; and it helped alleviate women from the heat. The women would either attach it or have it hanging on a chain from their waists. These pieces can be observed in the pictorial works of art from the 18th and 19th centuries in Menorca. 



The typology of these pieces depends on the period they are from. In the 18th century in Spain, with the arrival of the Bourbons, the French fan was introduced to the Spanish Court; however, importation of the oriental type fan continued to be predominant. From 1820 the production of fans in Valencia becomes important and during the Elizabethan era it takes on an increased significance with the ribs being made larger, pierced and of various different materials and the leaf being made of painted paper, lithographed, imprinted or of embroidered material. At the end of the 19th century, the most modern and precedent to the current fan appears, with a smooth wooden, ivory or tortoiseshell rods and a leafs made of cloth or paper with scenes from the period, as well as cloths made of chiffon, silk decorated with flowers. 

Fans of the 19th and 20th centuries

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Means of acquisition:donation

Source: José Luis Montoto


The Museu de Menorca includes a selection of artworks which are privately owned and the majority of increased in number when the Museum was opened in 1998.

In 1999, M. Juana Ferrer deposited the work  Dones menorquines  by Pasqual Calbó i Caldés. In 2015, her son, José Luis Montoto expressed the desire that the painting should become a part of the permanent exhibition at the Museu and that he would donate this, as his mother had died the previous year.

The painting was restored in the museum in 2000 and it is an essential part of the museum display and has been exhibited in the 18th Century Room together with other works by Calbó. It is a composition which is made up of five drawings of the Menorcan lady in Menorcan dress.









Dones menorquines [Minorcan ladies] by Pasqual Calbó

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