Tag Archives: Exhibitions

New and noteworthy exhibition openings in Spain, October 2020

El Greco (1541-1614). Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane or Christ on the Mount of Olives (c. 1600). Colección Pittas.

Obras maestras de la colección Valdés, Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao, 7 October 2020 – 1 February 2021.

The first exhibition devoted to the art collection of the Bilbao businessman Félix Fernández-Valdés (1895- 1976), 4 of whose paintings entered the Prado’s collection after his death and others are now distributed around other public and private collections in Spain. The exhibition shows 79 works out of a total of over 400, ranging from the medieval period to the 20th century and include paintings by El Greco, Luis de Morales, Anton van Dyck, José de Ribera, Francisco de Zurbarán, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Juan de Valdés Leal, Carreño, Francisco de Goya, Eduardo Rosales, Mariano Fortuny, Darío de Regoyos, Joaquín Sorolla, Ignacio Zuloaga, Julio Romero de Torres, Daniel Vázquez Díaz, José Gutiérrez Solana. The exhibition reconstructs one of the most important private collections of the second half of the 20th century, and one which was not only rich in ‘Golden Age’ Spanish paintings, but also medieval Spanish art, with a significant triptych by Bernardo Serra, a panel by Fernando Gallego and the triptych from Quejana (in Álava), and works from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Gaudí & trencadís Museo Nacional de Cerámica, Valencia, 2 October 2020 – 31 January 2021.

An exhibition sponsored by the World Monuments Fund which investigates the origin, development and techniques used by the Catalan architect Gaudí to create his signature trencadís, a form of mosaic with which many of his architectural forms were covered. The display shows 53 works, 33 of which are original (four from the Valencian museum) and 20 are reproductions made for didactic purpose, by the conservator Montse Agüero. The exhibition divides into two parts, the first explored the links between the trencadís and ancient mosaic techniques whether as practised by Romans or Venetians, in stone or ceramics. The second section analyses the development of the technique within Gaudí’s work from the Torre Güell, the first building in which he used trencadís, and has a special display about the use of the technique in Valencia itself, especially on its railway station Estación del Norte and on the facades of the houses in the suburb of Cabanyal. A five-minute video in which one of the craftsmen working on the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona explains in Catalan (with Castilian subtitles) how the workshop creates the trencadis for the cathedral spires, is found at https://youtu.be/hSbDvnV9A98

SCAN Spanish Contemporary Art Network in Berlin

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Image: ‘ALLES KLAR’ by Ubay Murillo, 2015

 Just opened: Bête Noire
Exhibition, MUSART-BERLIN
29 Apr 2016 – 27 May 2016
Curated by SCAN Spanish COntemporary Art Network

Bête Noire is an art exhibition that reflects on conceptual positions and creative opportunities of the colour black (and de-saturation) in the context of contemporary art practices. Includes the work of nine multidisciplinary emerging artists from Spain: Ruben Guerrero, Alain Urrutia, Maria Leon, Ubay Murillo, Anna Talens, Inma Femenia, Alex Marco, Maria Tinaut and Fernando Martin Godoy.

Eduardo Chillida (Wrocław, Poland)

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Sounds: Eduardo Chillida

BWA AvantGarda Gallery, Wrocław, Poland
15 January – 13 March 2016

As part of Wrocław’s year as European Capital of Culture, twinned with the Basque city of San Sebastián, the Polish city  showing work by the Basque 20th-century sculptor, Eduardo Chillida. The exhibition focusses on the inspiration offered by his work to contemporary musicians.

 

Still Lifes from the Spanish Golden Age (Barcelona)

Maestro de Stirling-Maxwell, Still Life with Basket of Fruits, Pumpkin and Grapes, ca. 1615-1625 (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya)

Maestro de Stirling-Maxwell, Still Life with Basket of Fruits, Pumpkin and Grapes, ca. 1615-1625 (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya)

 

Undamaged: Still Lifes from the Spanish Golden Age

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, until 28 February 2016

19 still-lifes and flower-pieces from the Museum’s own collection, by artists such as Juan van der Hamen, Tomas Hiepes and Juan de Arellano are being exhibited before some of them are permanently incorporated into new Renaissance and Baroque displays in 2016. Catalogue in Catalan and Castilian by the curator Joan Yeguas (€28.-).

Spanish Masters from the Hermitage (Amsterdam)

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Spanish Masters from the Hermitage:
The World of El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo & Goya

The Hermitage, Amsterdam, 28 November 2015 – 29 May 2016

More than sixty paintings and a rich collection of graphic works and applied arts masterpieces are on show.

 

Picasso Sculpture (New York to Paris)

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The exhibition Picasso Sculpture, previously showing some 140 works spanning 1902 to 1964 at MoMA, New York (until 7 February 2016), re-opens, in a reduced form, as Picasso: Scuptures (Musée Picasso, Paris: 8 March – 18 September 2016).
MOMA installation reviewed by Rosalind McKeever, Burlington Magazine, December 2015 pp. 880-82 .

 

Exhibition closing soon! The Divine Morales (Prado, Madrid; Bilbao; Barcelona)

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El Divino Morales

Museo del Prado, Madrid

Exhibition closed 10 January 2016

Moves to:

Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, 9 February – 16 May

Museu Nacional d’Art Catalunya, Barcelona, 16/06-16/09 2016.

Nineteen works owned by the Prado, including the Christ on the Cross and the Resurrection gifted by Plácido Arango, plus 35 from national and international museums, private collectors and religious institutions. Works include the Virgin with the Little Bird from the parish church of San Agustín in Madrid, the Virgin and Child with the Infant Saint John from the New Cathedral in Salamanca and the Ecce Homo from the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga in Lisbon, which was recently restored in the Prado workshops.

Catalogue: 272 pages, 26,60 €

 

Zaragoza’s Retablo of St. Peter (Cincinnati)

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Conservation on View: Zaragoza’s Retablo of St. Peter
Cincinnati Art Museum
26 January 26 – 24 April 2016

A Spanish altarpiece of c.1400 by Lorenzo Zaragoza, an Aragonese artist active in fourteenth-century Valencia and Barcelona, will receive conservation treatment, by Serena Urry, in public view.  The accompanying press release is available as a PDF file by clicking here.

Art from the Andes: Spanish Colonial Paintings (Portland)

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Art from the Andes: Spanish Colonial Paintings from the Elvin A. Duerst Bequest

Portland Art Museum, Maine

19 December 2015 – 20 March 2016

Art from the Andes features distinctive religious paintings that illustrate the creative melding of cultures in the Andes following the Spanish conquest. The paintings were left to the Museum by Elvin A. Duerst, a native of McMinnville, long employed by the State Department in South America.