Are you planning to visit Spain this summer? We picked for you the 10 exhibitions you will have the chance to see (depending on your travel dates) in major museums in Malaga, Bilbao, Barcelona and Madrid. The art-menu in Spain this summer offers art for all tastes so check your calendar, update your notes and your visit-list and enjoy art in one of the most beautiful countries in the world!
Picasso - The 156 Engravings
WHERE: Barcelona, Picasso Museum
WHEN: From May 26 to September 4, 2016
IN BRIEF: 156 engravings, produced between 1968 and 1972, when Picasso returned to engraving on metal in collaboration with brothers Piero and Aldo Crommelynck. The engravings are overflowing with references: Rembrandt, Velázquez, Goya, Ingres, Delacroix, Manet and Degas.
Pablo Picasso. Circus scene, with a winged horse, seen by a stagehand. Mougins, 14th April, 1970. Etching on copper plate, printed on Rives vellum paper (numbered Sabartés proof). 50.5 x 53.5 cm (plate); 63.5 x 69.5 cm (paper).Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Gift of Picasso's Family, 1980. MPB 112.175. Museu Picasso, Barcelona. Photography: Gasull Fotografia © Succession Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid 2016
Bosch - The 5th Centenary Exhibition
WHERE: Madrid, Prado Museum
WHEN: From May 31 to September 11, 2016
IN BRIEF: The 5th centenary of the death of Jheronimus Bosch is celebrated with the first monographic exhibition devoted to the artist in Spain. In addition to the Prado’s own holdings of the artist’s work, (the largest and best in the world with masterpieces such as The Garden of Earthly Delights) the exhibition features loans from major museums all around the world.
Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights Triptych, 1490 - 1500. Grisaille, Oil on oak panel © Museo del Prado
Caravaggio and the Painters of the North
WHERE: Madrid, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
WHEN: From June 21 to September 18, 2016
IN BRIEF: The exhibition focuses on Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) and his influence on the circle of northern European painters who were fascinated by his work and disseminated his style. A group of paintings that encompass all of Caravaggio’s career, from his Roman period to the final years, will be shown alongside a selection of works by his most important followers in Holland, Flanders and France.
Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio, The Musicians, 1596-1597. Oleo sobre lienzo, 91x118,4 cm. New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund 1952.
Caillebotte, painter and gardener
WHERE: Madrid, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
WHEN: From July 19 to October 30, 2016
IN BRIEF: For many years considered an amateur painter, collector and patron of his Impressionist friends such as Monet and Renoir Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) is now counted among the group’s most important members. The exhibition offers an in-depth analysis of the theme of the garden in the artist’s work as well as Caillebotte’s relationship with Claude Monet.
Gustave Caillebotte, Sketch for Paris Street: Rainy day, Oleo sobre lienzo 54x65 cm. Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris, France/Bridgeman Images.
WHERE: Madrid, Reina Sofia Museum
WHEN: From April 6 to August 15, 2016
IN BRIEF: Wifredo Lam does not have the level of recognition that his impressive body of work and his long career deserves. A pioneer of cross-cultural painting that infused Western modernism and African and Caribbean symbolism, the artist was in touch with every avant-garde movement at the time, whilst also addressing world problems. After the ultra-successful exhibition of Lam's work at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, last autumn, now it is Madrid's turn to know better this extraordinary talent.
Wifredo Lam, A tres centimetros de la tierra, 1962. Oleo sobre lienzo, 146 x 218 cm. Coleccion particular, Paris. © Archivo SDO Wifredo Lam.
Reflections of Pop
WHERE: Málaga, Carmen Thyssen Museum
WHEN: From March 17 to September 4, 2016
IN BRIEF: Reflections of Pop surveys the reception of the international pop movement in Spain during the 1960s and 1970s through four of the individual artists and teams whose work illustrates the influence of this trend most clearly and continuously: Luis Gordillo, Eduardo Arroyo, Equipo Crónica and Equipo Realidad.
WHERE: Málaga, Picasso Museum
WHEN: From March 14 to September 11, 2016
IN BRIEF: An interesting exhibition which examines the representation of the gaze in Pablo Picasso’s work through his paintings, sculptures, drawings, graphic works, ceramics and illustrated books. The show is organized in two chapters: one focused on the theme of The Artist and His Model and the other on Play of Gazes, with works in which the interactions between the gazes of the depicted characters play a key role.
Instalation view © Museo Picasso Málaga.
A new Realism
WHERE: Málaga, Pompidou Centre
WHEN: From July 14 to September 25, 2016
IN BRIEF: Officially born in October 1960, by the art critic Pierre Restany with the joint declaration signed by Yves Klein, Arman, François Dufrêne, Raymond Hains, Martial Raysse, Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely, Jacques de la Villeglé, Mimmo Rotella, and later, , Niki de Saint Phalle and Gerard Deschamps in 1961. Despite their very different artistic language, these artists come aware of their "collective singularity" and share a method of direct appropriation of reality, which is, according to Pierre Restany, in a "poetic recycling of urban reality, industrial, advertising ". The new realists conduct joint exhibitions between 1960 and 1963, although the group's history lasts until the 60s and 70s; each of its members develops an original work: one works with posters, another collects objects, sets, sets in motion or compressed.
© Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Philippe Migeat/Dist. RMN-GP © Adagp, Paris
Louise Bourgeois. Structures of existence: The Cells
WHERE: Bilbao, Guggenheim Museum
WHEN: From March 18 to September 4, 2016
IN BRIEF: Louise Bourgeois’s Cells are intensely psychological microcosms: situated within various enclosures, each is a multi-faceted collection of objects and sculptural forms arranged to evoke an atmosphere of emotional resonance. This exhibition, the first solely devoted to analyzing the Cells series, contains the largest number of Cells ever presented together. It also includes important works from previous decades that led to the development of the series. This comprehensive survey brings to light key aspects of Bourgeois’s thinking about space and memory, the body and architecture, and the conscious and the unconscious.
Passage Dangereaux, 1997. Metal, wood, tapestry, rubber, marble, steel, glass, bronze, bones, flax and mirrors. 264.2x355.6x876.3 cm. Private collections, Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Pgoto: Maximilian Geuter © The Easton Foundation/VEGAP, Madrid.
Andy Warhol: Shadows
WHERE: Bilbao, Guggenheim Museum
WHEN: From February 26 to October 2, 2016
IN BRIEF: Some of us had the chance to admire Andy Warhol's Shadows series at MAM in Paris (see previous blog post) last autumn but for those who missed it all 102 canvases are now on view at the Guggenheim Museum: In 1978, at age 50, Andy Warhol embarked upon the production of a monumental body of work titled Shadows with the assistance of his entourage at the Factory. Conceived as one painting in multiple parts, with the final number of canvases being determined by the dimensions of an exhibition space, these 102 silk-screened canvas panels formalized the artist’s earlier explorations of abstraction.
Andy Warhol, Shadows 1978-79. Acrylic on canvas, 102 paintings on canvas (all unframed) 193x132x2,9 cm each. Dia Art Foundation installation view: Dia: Beacon, New York. Photo: Bill Jacobson © 2016, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./VEGAP