Exhibitions in 2010
The arrival of the Impressionists
This year was defined by the impact of the exhibition entitled Impressionism: A New Renaissance and also consolidated our commitment to photography and collaborations with institutions of international prestige, enabling us to bring the work of little-known artists to a wider Spanish audience.
Continuing the process of collaboration with well-known international institutions, we launched the exhibition entitled Impressionism. The New Renaissance during the first quarter of 2010 which was visited by more than 320,000 people. This exhibition marked a turning point in our trajectory in terms of our institutional exposure and our prestige as a cultural institution on a national and international scale.
On the subject of photography, this year we presented a retrospective on the work of master photographer John Gutman and, thanks to the contemporary photography scene we were also able to bring the work of Dayanita Singh and Ana Malagrida to the gallery.
The exhibitions The Subversion of Images, produced in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou and the Fotomuseum Winterthur, and Made in USA. American Art from the Phillips Collection, the first international touring exhibition dedicated entirely to North American art, confirmed our interest in looking at what is going on beyond our borders.
6 exhibitions in 2010
Approaching a city [Llegando a una ciudad], 1946
The Phillips Collection. Washington, DC. USA
Made in USA: Phillips Collection of American Art
This exhibition commemorated one hundred years of art in the United States, from the emergence of native American spirit art in the late 19th century through to the post-war American painting of the mid-20th century. This was the first international touring exhibition to be dedicated in its entirety to the North American art held in the Phillips Collection.
Maintenance Worker Moving Down Main Cable of Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, 1947
© 1998 Arizona Board of Regents
Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
The exhibition was curated jointly with the Center for Creative Photography of the University of Arizona and comprised more than one hundred photographs featuring the work of one of the great American artists of the 20th century.
Eli Lotar y Germaine Krull
Untitled, ca. 1930
Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne, Paris
Donation by Anne-Marie y Jean-Pierre Marchand
© Estate Germaine Krull, Museum Folkwang, Essen
The subversion of images
In collaboration with the Centre Pompidou and the Fotomuseum Winterthur, this exhibition featured over 400 works showing the convergence of the Surrealist movement with photography as a language and as an art form. The exhibition invited visitors to immerse themselves in the process of research and discovery that the members of this movement experienced, camera in hand, while pushing the boundaries of these media to achieve their ends.
This retrospective exhibition of Spanish photographer Anna Malagrida showcased one of the most interesting professional careers in Spanish contemporary art. Since 1998 she has put on numerous exhibitions and won various prizes and awards, such as the Rencontres Internationales award for photography in Arles in 2005. Her work also forms part of some important national and international private and public collections. In 2016 she was awarded the Carte Blanche award by the PMU and the Centre Pompidou.
This exhibition presented the work of Indian photographer Dayanita Singh (New Delhi, 1961) for the first time in Spain. The author of a powerful and varied range of work that is impossible to categorize or pigeonhole, Dayanita Singh is one of India’s most international artists and offers a wide-ranging vision of the different realities of contemporary India. In 2008 she was awarded the Robert Gardner Fellowship by la Harvard University Art Museums and the prestigious Prince Claus Award.
Impressionism: A New Renaissance
This exhibition looked back on the history of the most important modern art movement through masterpieces loaned by the Musée d’Orsay. Fundación MAPFRE exhibited 90 master works by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Pisarro and Cézanne, among others. This was the first time a group of Impressionist pieces of this caliber had been presented together in Spain, and offered visitors a unique opportunity to get a comprehensive overview, through these great masters, of a movement that changed the world’s perceptions, setting out the path to modernity.