The self-designed and constructed home of the painter and architect Erwin Broner is one of the precious little places hiding beneath the walls of Dalt Vila in Ibiza. Now Casa Broner is a mini-museum opened in 2010 and can be visited in its original condition.
A son of wealthy parents, Erwin Broner (Munich 1898 – Kreuth 1971) came to Ibiza for the first time in 1934 – fleeing from the Nazis, due to his Jewish heritage. He was part of a group that was founded in 1959, Ibiza59, and used to organise exhibitions and art events until it disbanded again in 1964.
His simple architecture combines traditional Ibizian architecture with modern elements – naturally coated in the slick style of the 1960s. Among the different constructions he erected on the island was his own home, which he built between 1959 and 1960 in then the fishermen’s quarter of Sa Penya in the city of Ibiza, which was inhabited by his widow, Gisela Broner, until her death in 2005, when it was donated to the Ibiza Municipal Council. Declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in the monument category, it is part of the Broner Foundation, which works to disseminate the artist’s work and other cultural activities.
The small but very practical building sports two levels and one garden – as well as a legendary vista. The first level features a large window con beautiful sea view and was intended as a living space, while the lower level was supposed to be the work area. In order to give both areas their individual entry point, the architect constructed a small footbridge across the cliffs on which the house was built. On the terrace, Erwin built an original privacy shield for himself and his wife – a rather practical invention for the creedal nudists. Not only the original furniture was perserved, but some of Broner’s books and works too as weel as the original plans of the house.