The Barcelona museum this fall hopes to become “a little Louvre, to host two exceptional projects”
The drawings by Charles Le Brun for Versailles, the masterpieces of the Philipps Collection and Ming dynasty will be the protagonists of the exhibitions of the 2015-2016 season at CaixaForum Barcelona.
The Deputy Director General of the Caixa Foundation, Elisa Duran, explained in the presentation of the season “CaixaForum Barcelona this fall will be a little Louvre, to host two exceptional projects.”
Versailles drawing show for the first time since the eighteenth century, cartons and drawings that made Charles Le Brun to decorate the Hall of Mirrors and Staircase of the Ambassadors of the Palace of Versailles, which have been restored thanks to the entity Barcelona bank.
This exhibition will be presented in Barcelona between the months of November and February before exhibition in Madrid and Paris, bringing together 30 cartons of large format 1: 1 scale.
The second project in collaboration with the French museum, Animals and Pharaohs, and exhibited at the headquarters of Madrid, meet from September 23th until January next 430 works and objects only to detail the role and significance of the animal figure in the ancient Egypt, including 14 mummies of cats, dogs, sheep, ibis, hawks, fish, crocodiles and snakes.
In the spring of 2016, the biggest names in the history of art will be installed in Barcelona in the exhibition Masterpieces of Impressionism and modern art at the Phillips Collection, with 60 paintings by Goya, El Greco, Manet, Corot, Courbet, Sisley Van Gogh, Degas, Picasso, Modigliani, Kandinsky, Pollock and Rothko.
With Ming: the golden rule (June-October 2016), CaixaForum will announce the art and culture of the Ming Dynasty, which dominated China for nearly three centuries, between 1368 and 1644, a time when 16 emperors promoted a complex system imperial, expanded social structures and boosted the economy and consumer culture, which resulted in an increase in population from about 65 to 175 million people. This exhibition will see more than one hundred objects from the collections of Nanjing Museum, including ceramics, paintings, jewelry, textiles and works of enamel, gold and porcelain.
The photograph will be displayed in the season by Philippe Halsman with Surprise me! (July-November 2016), a comprehensive retrospective that will affect your relationship with thirty Salvador Dalí and his numerous portraits show jumping celebrities such as actresses Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, as part of its popular series jumpology .
In the contemporary context, Duran has highlighted two projects: a large exhibition curated by artist Juliao Sarmento from the collections of La Caixa, the MACBA and the Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal), and the second edition of “Comisart” cycle three exhibitions in which young curators offer refreshing readings on the current art from the funds of the entity.
Elisa Duran reported that seven CaixaForum in Spain received 2.3 million visitors and have hosted 27 exhibitions. The headquarters of Barcelona last season 2014-15 received a total of 813,000 visitors, 8% more than the previous.
Duran said “for reasons of agenda,” except for “Animals and Pharaohs”, the rest of the exhibits will begin in Barcelona.
La Caixa Foundation has a budget of 500 million, two thirds of which will be devoted to the social sphere and $ 100 million for cultural and scientific dissemination, which includes exhibitions, construction and maintenance of schools.