Now on display at the Museo Nacional de Escultura in Valladolid the museum’s newly acquired group of 19 individual polychrome sculptures by the Seville-born Luisa Roldán (1652-1706), forming the unusual subject of the Cavalcade of the Kings. These small-scale cedar-wood painted and gilded figures were acquired in December 2017 after being export-stopped and are the first examples of La Roldana’s work to enter the Valladolid museum. Amongst the mixed-race cavalcade, which is presumed to have formed the cortege for a much larger, but now dismantled, group, there is a fourth king, the King of Tharsis, the mythical Hispanic region cited in the Bible. The group is believed to have been carved before the sculptress moved to the Madrid court in 1689. A video clip showing some of the figures can be viewed here.
Marilynn Thoma Fellowship
The Marilynn Thoma Fellowship is the only unrestricted research funding in the United States devoted exclusively to the field of Spanish Colonial art. Each year from May 1 to October 15, pre- and post-doctoral scholars from across the world are invited to apply for research support in the amounts of $45,000 and $60,000, respectively. Recipients are selected by an international jury of three undisclosed experts in the field and notified in mid-December, with travel commencing within 18 months following notification. Selected scholars design their research projects independently, using funding in any reasonable way to accomplish their goals.
Fellowships range in duration from one to two years, and eventuate in major measurable outcomes, including museum exhibitions, dissertations, book publications, scholarly essays, and lecture series. While proposals are accepted from all of Spanish colonial Latin America and the Caribbean, the Foundation gives strong preference to projects that contribute to the history of painting and sculpture in colonial South America.
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Research and Travel Awards in Spanish Colonial Art
Congruent with the Marilynn Thoma Fellowship, applications for the Thoma Foundation Research and Travel Awards in Spanish Colonial art are open from May 1 to October 15 of every year. Awards of up to $15,000 are available to independent scholars and advanced graduate students completing MA or PhD dissertations to help defray the costs of research-related expenses. Funding is provided each year to several scholars selected by an international jury of undisclosed experts in the field, with travel commencing within one year + one month from the date of notification. The Awards support research projects ranging in duration from 1 week to 3 months.
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Coordinators: Ana Cabrera and Lesley Miller
This conference explores collecting practices, attitudes to and perceptions of Spanish decorative arts in Britain and Spain from the 19thcentury onwards, and how these attitudes influenced the development of museums and museum collections in both countries. The case studies aredrawnfrom the British and Spanish museum collections.
The conference is organisedin joint sessions dealing with the same subject from British and then Spanish perspectives. The first day considers the collecting of particular media while the second day focuses on the dissemination, display and conservation of these collections. The conference includes poster sessions during the coffee breaks.
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Friday, 8thJune 2008: Collecting Spanish Decorative Arts
10.00 Registration and collecting of conference packs; displaying of posters
Ana Cabrera, V&A
10:30 Collecting, Display & Dissemination: The Changing Face of the Decorative Arts Collection at South Kensington, 1852-1873
Susanna Avery-Quash, National Gallery, London
Lustreware and Furniture
Chair: Holly Trusted, V&A
11.00 Collecting Spanish Lustreware at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Mariam Rosser-Owen, Asian Department, V&A
11:30 A Survey and History of the Collecting of Spanish Decorative Arts: Lustreware
Jaume Coll, Museo Nacional de Cerámica, Valencia
12.00-12.30. COFFEE BREAK
12:30 Collecting Spanish Furniture, Woodwork and Leatherwork, 1850-1950
Nick Humphrey, Furniture, Textiles and Fashion department, V&A
13:00 Collecting Spanish Furniture in Madrid, 1880-1920
Sofía Rodríguez, Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, Madrid
Textiles and Fashion
Chair: Sonnet Stanfill, V&A
14:30 Following the Thread: Collecting Spanish Textiles at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Ana Cabrera, Marie S.-Curie Fellow, V&A
15:30 Textile Collecting in Catalonia
Silvia Carbonell, Centre de Documentació i Museu Tèxtil, Terrasa
16:00 Fashion and Spain at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Oriole Cullen, Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department, V&A
16:30 From Dress to Fashion: The Collection of The Museo del Traje
Helena López del Hierro, Museo del Traje, Madrid
16.30-17.00 TEA BREAK
Sculpture and Plaster Casts
Chair: Edward Payne, Auckland Castle Project
17.00 A Vogue for St Francis
Xavier Bray, Wallace Collection, London
17:30 Spanish Monuments Displayed at South Kensington: Raising the Profile of Spanish Art through Plaster Casts
Holly Trusted, Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass Department, V&A
18:00 Electrical Treasuries: The Decorative Arts Collection from Antiquity at the Museo Nacional de Reproducciones, 1881-1915
María Bolaños, Museo Nacional de Escultura, Valladolid
Saturday, 9thJune 2008: Collecting Spanish decorative arts continued
Chair: Antonia Boström, V&A
10:15 The Scholar, the Scoundrel and the Skater: How the V&A Collections of Hispanic Silver were formed
Kirstin Kennedy, Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass Department, V&A
10:45 Collecting Spanish Silver
Jesús Rivas, Universidad de Murcia
Displaying, Interpreting and Conserving Spanish Decorative Arts
Chair: Christopher Wilk, V&A
11.45 Displaying Decorative Arts in Britain and Spain. A Comparative Analysis
Isabel Rodríguez, Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, Madrid
12.15 Spain in the Europe 1600-1815 Galleries at the V&A
Lesley Miller, Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department, V&A
12.45 The20th-century Galleries at the V&A
Corinna Gardner and Johanna Agerman Ross, Design, Architecture and Digital Department, V&A
Displaying, Interpreting and conserving Spanish decorative arts
Chair: Joanna Norman, V&A
14.15 The Conservationof the Cast Courts. New Discoveries from Spanish Casts
Victor Borges, Conservation Department, V&A
14:45 Collecting in Action: Building a Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland
Edward Payne, The Auckland Project
15.15 Closing remarks
Joanna Norman, Head of the Victoria and Albert Research Institute (VARI)
Miguel González Suela, Directorate of the State Museum, Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports
Spanish art has been collected in the UK since the 17th century. This conference will explore collecting practices, attitudes to and perceptions of Spanish decorative arts in Britain and Spain, and how these attitudes influenced the development of museums and museum collections in both countries. The case studies will be drawn from the V&A and Spanish museum collections.
The conference is organized in joint sessions dealing with the same subject from Spanish and then British perspectives. The first day considers the collecting of particular media, while the second day focuses on the dissemination, display and conservation of these collections. The conference will include poster session during the coffee breaks.
Opening remarks on the history of collecting Spanish Decorative Arts by medium: Collecting, Display & Dissemination: the changing face of the decorative arts collection at South Kensington (1852-1873), Dr Susanna Avery-Quash (Senior Research Curator, History of Collecting, National Gallery)
- Ceramics: Lusterware:
M. Rosser-Owen (Asian Department, V&A): Collecting Spanish lustreware by the Victoria and Albert MuseumJaume Coll (Museo Nacional de Cerámica, Valencia): A survey and history of collecting Spanish Decorative Arts: Lusterware
Ana Cabrera (Marie S.-Curie Fellow, V&A): Following the thread: collecting Spanish textiles at the Victoria and Albert Museum Spanish case
Silvia Carbonell (Centro de Documentación Museo Textil, Tarrasa): Textile collecting in Catalonia
Kirstin Kennedy (Metalwork Department, V&A): The Scholar, the scoundrel and the skater: How the V&A collections of Hispanic silver were formed
Jesús Rivas (Universidad de Murcia): Collecting Spanish silverwork
Nick Humphrey (Furniture, Textiles and Fashion department, V&A): Collecting Spanish Furniture, Woodwork and Leatherwork, 1850-1950
Sofía Rodríguez (Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, Madrid): Collecting Spanish Furniture in Madrid (1880-1920)
- Sculpture and Plaster Cast:
Xavier Bray (Wallace Collection): A Vogue for St Francis
Holly Trusted (Sculpture Department, V&A): Spanish Monuments Displayed at South Kensington: Raising the profile of Spanish Art through Plaster CastsMaria Bolaños (Museo Nacional de Escultura, Valladolid): Electrical treasuries: the Decorative Arts collection from Antiquity at the Museo Nacional de Reproducciones (1881-1915)
Oriole Cullen (Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department, V&A): Fashion and Spain at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Helena López del Hierro (Museo del Traje, Madrid): From Dress to Fashion:the collection of The Museo del Traje
- Displaying, interpreting and conserving collections of Spanish decorative arts:
Isabel Rodríguez (Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, Madrid): Displaying Decorative Arts in Britain and Spain. A Comparative AnalysisCorinna Gardner and
Johanna Agerman Ross (Design, Architecture and Digital, V&A): 20th century Galleries at the V&A Lesley Miller (Furniture, Textiles and Fashion, V&A): Spain in the Europe 1600-1815 Galleries
Victor Borges (Conservation Department, V&A): The Conservation of the Cast Courts. New discoveries on the Spanish Casts
- Closing speaker: Dr Edward Payne (Head Curator: Spanish Art, Auckland Castle): Collecting in Action: Building a Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland
- Closing remarks: Joanna Norman, Head of the Victoria and Albert Research Institute (VARI)
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This spring, the Meadows Museum will present Dallas’s first exhibition dedicated exclusively to the work of Eduardo Chillida (1924–2002). Chillida, one of Spain’s most celebrated modern sculptors, is famous for his monumental iron and stone sculptures that shape both urban and rural landscapes. This exhibition includes 66 of the artist’s works, from his sculptures, to his drawings, collages, gravitations, graphic works, and a selection of his books. Co-curated by William Jeffett, chief curator of exhibitions for The Dalí Museum, and Ignacio Chillida, the artist’s son, the works in Memory, Mind, Matter: The Sculpture of Eduardo Chillida come exclusively from the Museo Chillida-Leku in Hernani (San Sebastián, Spain); the exhibition travels to Dallas from the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. A complimentary exhibition, Chillida in Dallas: De Musica at the Meyerson, is curated by Meadows/Mellon/Prado Curatorial Fellow Amanda W. Dotseth and will focus on the landmark commission by Chillida at Dallas’s Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The two exhibitions will open on February 4, 2018, and run through June 3.
The exhibition will be accompanied by an educational programme which will include:
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 10:30 A.M.
LUIS CHILLIDA, director, Fundación Eduardo Chillida-Pilar Belzunce
Memory, Mind, Matter: The Public Art of Eduardo Chillida in
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 12:15 P.M.
AMANDA W. DOTSETH, Meadows/Mellon/Prado curatorial fellow, Meadows
Medieval and Modern: Alabaster from Gil de Siloé to
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 6:00-7:00 P.M.
BEATRIZ CORDERO, professor, Saint Louis University, Madrid
Lightness and Rightness: Eduardo Chillida and James Johnson
Sweeney in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 12:15 P.M.
JED MORSE, chief curator, Nasher Sculpture Center
Chillida in Dallas Part I: Chillida Downtown
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.
FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 12:15 P.M.
SCOTT WINTERROWD, director of education, Meadows Museum
Chillida in Dallas Part II: Chillida in Dallas
The exhibition Intacta María. Política y religiosidad en la España barroca, opening on 30 November 2017, analyses the process through which devotion to the Immaculate conception was created and popularised in early modern Spain. While the Immaculate Conception only became dogma in 1854, as early as 1616 the Spanish Monarchy became a staunch supporter of the theory, turning its defence into a national priority. In the following years, the Immaculate Conception became Spain’s most heartfelt devotion and a sign of national identity. Art played an important role in this process, amounting to what we may describe as a marketing campaign. This will be the focus of the Museo de Bellas Artes’ forthcoming exhibition, featuring more than 50 paintings, sculptures, prints and books borrowed from notable Spanish museums and churches such as the Museo Nacional de Escultura de Valladolid, the Cathedral of Seville, the Biblioteca Nacional de España, and many others.
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Hijo del Laocoonte. Alonso Berruguete y la Antigüedad pagana, Museo Nacional de Escultura, Valladolid, until 5 November 2017
This is the first exhibition to explore the ‘pagan soul’ of sixteenth century sculptor Alonso Berruguete. The exhibition focuses on his fascination with the works of antiquity, which he saw on his sojourn in Italy between about 1508 and 1518, and in particular the influence of the newly discovered group of the struggling Laocoon on Berruguete’s own sacred and secular work in Spain.
The exhibition of sculptures, paintings, drawings and prints is selected from Spanish and international collections and accompanied by a full programme of conferences, guided tours, and concerts as well as a multi-essayed catalogue edited by the exhibition’s curator and deputy director of the Museum, Manuel Arias Martínez.