Exhibitions in 2015
A presence in both Madrid and Barcelona
We launched the Barcelona exhibition rooms with the exhibition entitled The Triumph of Color, courtesy of some exceptional loans from the Musée d’Orsay and the Orangerie. This was a fantastic year for photography, featuring not only the great masters Paul Strand and Garry Winogrand but also living legend Josef Koudelka and the social criticism of Paz Errázuriz.
7 exhibitions in 2015
The first major retrospective of the work of Paz Errázuriz, one of Chile’s most internationally-renowned photographers. The exhibition presented the most important series in the artist’s work through which she explores various social issues, almost always in black and white, using portraiture as a tool to reveal the harshest and most dissolute segments of Chilean society.
Profil de femme [Perfil de mujer], c. 1896
Musée d'Orsay, Paris
© Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt
© Aristide Maillol, VEGAP, Madrid, 2015
This exhibition, which was organized expressly for the opening of our Barcelona exhibition rooms, explores how color became one of the paths leading from Impressionism to Avant-Garde painting, featuring artists such as Van Gogh, Matisse, Seurat, Gauguin, Cézanne, Monet, Derain and Renoir. It was made possible thanks to the exceptional generosity of the Musée d’Orsay and the Orangerie which loaned these works especially for the occasion.
The boxer (artist's portrait), 1931
París, Musée d’Orsay
© RMN-Grand Palais (musée d’Orsay) / Michèle
The retrospective dedicated to the work of Pierre Bonnard was the first to be held in Spain for more than thirty years. Organized in conjunction with the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, it featured nearly 80 paintings, a dozen drawings and some 50 photographs on loan from more than 30 public and private collections. The exhibition took a close look at this singular artist, a key figure at the time of the birth of modern art whose oeuvre is highly individual and difficult to classify.
Midway between art and documentary, Josef Koudelka is now a living legend. Uncertain Nationality is the most comprehensive retrospective held to date on the French-naturalized Czech photographer: nomad, stateless person and iconic member of the legendary MAGNUM stable.
The family, Luzzara, Italy, 1953
© Aperture Foundation, Inc., Paul Strand Archive
© COLECCIONES Fundación MAPFRE
Once again we presented one of the great masters of photography, Paul Strand, but this exhibition also became a showcase of our own collection, as since 2011 we have acquired more than one hundred of Paul Strand’s photographs, mainly vintage, as the European institution with the biggest and most varied collection of his work. The retrospective took a chronological journey through the six decades spanned by his career.
Los Ángeles, 1964
San Francisco Museum of Art, donation from Jeffrey Fraenkel
© The State of Garry Winogrand, courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
This exhibition, organized in conjunction with SFMOMA and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, featured a selection of over 200 photographs – some previously unpublished – providing an in-depth retrospective of the photographer’s career for the very first time. The embodiment of a street photographer, Winogrand showcases the reality of the endlessly restless America of the second half of the 20th century, which earned him the epithet of “America’s Chronicler”.
Naissance de Vénus, 1863
París, Musée d'Orsay
© RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
This exhibition presented, for the first time, a selection of masterpieces of academic painting from the Parisian salons of the 19th century, demonstrating that this magnificent and refined style of painting, the legacy of tradition, represents one of the most brilliant periods in the history of art.