Unique occasion in Barcelona, until February 5, to contemplate 63 masterpieces of the painting, from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, exposed with an innovative criterion that makes them even more impressive.
There are two months left to enjoy at CaixaForum Barcelona the Un Thyssen unseen exhibition. A new collaboration of the “la Caixa” Obra Social and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, which has made it possible to travel to Barcelona the largest selection of works that have never left their rooms.
Eight reasons not to miss it
1. By unrepeatable, since it is 63 fundamental works of pictorial art that will never return together to Barcelona. And because of these works, 42 have never been exposed in the city or have not been seen in the last twenty-five years. And because it is the first time that the Madrid art gallery authorizes such a large loan of his best works.
2. Because this “little Thyssen” is different. The works are presented in an unprecedented order that allows another perspective. Fra Angelico lives with El Greco and Marc Chagall; Hans Memling with Titian and Lucian Freud; Jan Brueghel with Gustave Courbet and Emil Nolde; And Canaletto with Camille Pissarro and Wassily Kandinsky.
3. Because it is not an anthology of the exposed painters, but a “new reading” of a fundamental part of the Thyssen collection based on five genres: “religious painting, portraiture, still life, landscape and urban landscape”. Chronological order and schools are broken, schemas are broken and authors are mixed, works are sought to dialogue with each other.
The curator of the exhibition and director of the Thyssen Museum, Guillermo Solana explains it this way: “It is a criterion that offers the advantage of being transversal and that allows to compare masterpieces that has never been seen in this way.” This “dialogue” allows, for example, exceptional comparisons. “The Annunciation” of Veronés exposed to the side “The Annunciation” of El Greco. The containment of the first along with the expressive overflow of the second.
4. Because it can be enjoyed with ironic coincidences. The portrait painted by Adriaen Thomasz Key of “William I, prince of Orange”, has by neighbor the “Portrait of a young lady with rosary”, work of Rubens. Well, William’s wife was found in flagrant adultery with Rubens’s father!
5. Because all the works of the show are of great figures, of artists of maximum level. Among them, four of the most outstanding pieces of Thyssen: “Harlequin with Mirror”, by Picasso; “Hotel Room” by Hopper; “Clouds of Summer” by Nolde and “The brook Brème”, by Gustave Courbet that, according to Commissioner Solana is: “The best painting of the nineteenth century in the museum.”
6. Because pictures, like books, are an inexhaustible source of experiences. As many times as you look, so many discoveries of new facets, impressions, feelings.
7. Because CaixaForum Barcelona offers its visitors the possibility of commented visits to the temporary exhibitions and the modernist building with the accompaniment and guide of an educator of the center.
8. And because, in addition to family visits and coinciding with the Christmas holidays, there are family shows, such as “For Christmas, Tales of the World”, “Concerto a tempo d’umore” and “The Trojan War”. A cultural visit in a day for the whole family.