From the 25th September 2012 to 6th January 2013 – Mapfre Foundation. Recoletos Exhibition Hall
Another thought provoking exhibition that I recently attended in Madrid was the Master pieces from the Pompidou Centre. I highly recommend it. This exhibition is a tribute to art history, guaranteed to accommodate everyone, from the art historian to the occasional hobby painter; this will be right up your street!
The collection consists of eighty portraits, all of which are outstanding. They convey the different artistic movements from the 20th century to the 21st. All form a storyline to give understanding to the evolution of the genre of portraiture extending from avant garde to post modernism. The portraits date back to the earliest in 1892, with the portrait of Erik Satie by Suzanne Valadon, , the eccentric Montmartre painter who is said to have kept a goat in her studio to eat the drawings she didn’t like, through to 2001 with “The Moroccan”, by John Currin, who combines pop culture and classicism into his own unique.
The works are originally from the collection of the Pompidou Centre – National Museum of Modern Art in Paris – the most important collection of contemporary art in the world to date. The exhibition is said to “bring together some of the greatest visionaries of each decade, not only the artists themselves but also those who accompanied them in their enterprise and were quick to understand the importance of avant garde, experimental work”. For this exhibition it is lending works by Matisse, Delaunay, Kupka, Modigliani, Picasso, Saura, Miró and Dubuffet, among others.
What struck me most when walking around the exhibition, was the historical and cultural context which had developed through decades. At times it was difficult not to be overwhelmed. You will see vast changes that have occurred in one particular genre are inspiring and motivating! It will definitely give you an itch to go home and start experimenting with some of the techniques shown in the collection.