Cézanne in Madrid
The Thyssen Museum in Madrid from 4 February to 18 May is dedicating an extensive show to Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), one of the key artists of the second half of the 19th century, in what will be the first major exhibition about the painter in decades.
Curated by Guillermo Solana, the museum’s artistic director, the show focuses on landscapes and still lifes, the two main genres in the French painter’s oeuvre. In 1969, the artist Robert Smithson proposed a new interpretation of the work of Paul Cézanne (1839–1906). In Smithson’s view, Cézanne’s painting had been distorted by the Cubists, reduced to an almost abstract play of forms. In contrast to this formalist simplification, Smithson underlined the need to recover the physical reference in Cézanne’s work, his strong link to certain places in Provence.
The subtitle of the exhibition, Site/Non-site, evokes a pair of concepts that were coined by Smithson in connection with his own oeuvre and explore the dialectic between outdoor and studio practice. This dialectic is reflected in turn in the relationship between landscape and still life. Landscape is the dominant genre in Cézanne’s work, identified (as is that of his Impressionist colleagues) with the practice of plein-air painting. But unlike the Impressionists, he also attaches decisive importance to a genre characteristic of the studio: still life. Cézanne cultivated both genres of painting throughout his career and established a close link between them, incorporating landscape elements into his still lifes and, conversely, bringing the order of still life to his landscapes. All information on the official website.
Created in 1988, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation pioneered a new formula for the private management of public assets in Spain, and its efficacy has been apparent ever since the museum opened its doors in October 1992. Since that time, both the museum and the foundation that manages it have grown and evolved, expanding the collections and facilities with the addition of the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection as a long-term loan in 2004 and the extension of the Villahermosa Palace, as well as increasing the number and variety of activities, temporary exhibitions and educational programmes. The team of people who makes the institution’s daily existence possible has also been augmented, but the motor that keeps the foundation running smoothly has always been their drive and motivation.
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