Despite the temporary closure of our exhibition halls to help contain the spread of COVID-19, throughout 2020 we have been able to exhibit the realistic photography of Carlos Pérez Siquier in Barcelona and, in Madrid, the intimate portraits of Richard Learoyd, Lee Friedlander's social landscape of America and the dialogue between two geniuses of sculpture: Rodin-Giacometti.
If you were unable to visit one of our exhibitions, or you would like to revisit the feelings you experienced when viewing a particular work, you can do so here in our past exhibitions section.
Since 1989, the year the exhibition program started, the 515 events we have organized constitute a very personal viewpoint for understanding the beginnings of Modernity.
Since 2009, with the addition of a new gallery dedicated to photography, and through our exhibitions on great masters and consolidated contemporary photographers, we have worked to become an international benchmark in this sphere.
Afterwards, take a look through our archives, arranged by years, and visit whichever exhibition piques your interest.
Photography with a capital letters has reached our Madrid and Barcelona Exhibition halls with the modern outlook of Berenice Abbott and the camera obscura of Richard Learoyd. Our photography exhibitions are completed by the dedicated work of Anthony Hernandez. The Russian avant-garde evokes the new and changing times that the October Revolution was bringing in, with the From Chagall to Malévich: art in revolution exhibition, and the portraits by Giovanni Boldini provide us with a social commentary on the early years of the 20th century.
The genius of Brassaï, the savage intensity of Van der Elsken and the posed shots of Shomei Tomatsu are coming to our Madrid and Barcelona exhibition halls for a springtime of photography. The exhibition Derain, Balthus and Giacometti explores the friendship between the three great painters and the influence this had on their artistic careers.
Delicacy infuses our exhibition rooms with Return to Beauty in Madrid and Hell according to Rodin arriving in Barcelona. The humanity of Nicholas Nixon, Peter Hujar's portrait of the New York underground scene, the reflectiveness of Lewis Baltz, and Albert Renger-Patzsch with The perspective of things make up our photographic program.
A masterpiece in the history of art - Le Moulin de la Galette by Auguste Renoir - comes to our galleries. Bruce Davidson and Hiroshi Sugimoto represent the opposite poles of photography. And the depth of color of Fauvist art imbues Madrid.
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, with exhibitions by the great photographers Paul Strand and Garry Winogrand, living legend Josef Koudelka and the social criticism of Paz Errazuriz.
The Impressionists, Post-Impressionists and Realists of the Italian Macchiaioli were the stars of a year in which we also featured work by Giacometti and a journey through the origins of Bohemian art.
We continued our strategy of collaborating with prestigious international institutions this year, exhibiting works from the collections of the Museé d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, the Kirchner Museum Davos and another 27 private museums and collections.
Masterpieces of Romanesque art, a huge exhibition on the world of fashion, drawings in the Fundación MAPFRE collections and the grand masters of photography were some of the different artistic expressions that provided a wealth of different experiences for our visitors this year.
This year was defined by the impact of the exhibition entitled Impressionism: A New Renaissance, along with the consolidation of our commitment to photography and the collaboration of internationally renowned institutions, allowing us to give the general public an insight into the work of artists who had been relatively unknown in Spain up to that point.
The collages of Marx Ernst, sculpture in Paris between 1905 and 1914, a selection of masterpieces of portraiture and an exhibition dedicated to that essential introduction to Italy for young upper-class men in the pre-war years, the "Grand Tour", plus four exhibitions on contemporary photographers, consolidated our position on the international scene.
In 2008 we changed the direction of our programs, opening a door to what was going on in the 20th century beyond our borders, especially in Europe and America. This change of direction, along with the opening of the Recoletos exhibition rooms, gave a huge boost to our exhibition activities.
During this period our exhibitions focused on looking back on the early days of modernity in Spain, with an emphasis on the key artists and movements of this period. The excellent response from visitors put us firmly on the cultural map.