Modern Spanish Art from the Asociación Colección Arte Contemporáneo is the first exhibition in America to present a comprehensive survey of Modern Art in Spain from the Belle Époque through the Kennedy years. The rich and diverse art created in Spain during this period is largely unknown in the U.S. due to the turmoil that took place in Spain at this time. Juxtaposing the modern art collection of the Meadows Museum with works from the Asociación Colección Arte Contemporáneo (ACAC) in the Museo Patio Herreriano of Valladolid, this exhibition brings together more than 90 paintings, sculptures and works on paper to demonstrate the most important aspects of Spanish modern art and shed light on the global connection between Spanish art and other international modern art movements.
The 1930s were one of the most creatively fruitful decades of Salvador Dalí’s career. L’homme poisson (The Fish Man) shows both his tremendous imagination as well as his technical adroitness, and offers a revealing glimpse into the artist’s inner psyche. After an auspicious beginning as part of the first exhibition of surrealist works held in the U.S., in 1931, the painting has remained out of the public domain for much of its existence. This exhibition celebrates the Meadows’ acquisition of L’homme poisson—the first painting by Dalí to enter the collection of a Texas museum—and presents a renewed look at this early masterpiece within the artist’s oeuvre of surrealism.
The Spanish Gesture: Drawings from Murillo to Goya from the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Meadows Museum, Dallas, Texas, May 25-August 31, 2014.
The Kunsthalle of Hamburg holds one of the most significant collections of Spanish drawings found outside of Spain, containing works by Alonso Cano, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Juan de Valdés Leal and Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, among others. This is the first exhibition to present the collection on a large scale, 123 years after they were purchased. As part of the continued collaboration between the Meadows Museum and the Prado, the jointly organized exhibition will present around 80 drawings, first in Dallas, then at the Prado, Madrid.
Sorolla and America, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, 13 December 2013 – 19 April 2014; touring to San Diego Museum of Art, 30 May – 26 August and finally Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid, 23 September 2014 – 11 January 2015. Exhibition curated by the artist’s great-grandaughter Blanca Pons-Sorolla , presenting over 100 paintings, oil sketches and drawings, by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923) covering his early socially realistic themes as well as his better known landscapes and beach scenes. Exhibition focuses on key American collectors Archer Huntington and Thomas Fortune Ryan and the impact on the artist and American cultural society of the exhibitions he held in the States in 1909 and 1911. Accompanied by bilingual English/Spanish editions of the catalogue.
The exhibition and its catalogue (by the artist’s great granddaughter and Mark Roglan, Director of the Dallas Museum) have received an enthusiastic and thoughtful review by Richard Brettell in April’s edition of The Burlington Magazine (pp 267-269), which makes interesting comparisons with other recent Sorolla exhibitions over the last decade.