From 2009 we put a bigger emphasis on the international arena, supported by a program of photography exhibitions. The Walker Evans exhibition kicked off a series of photography retrospectives, aimed at giving Spanish audiences the opportunity to see the work of great photographers, iconic names in the history of this discipline, as well as more contemporary names of international prestige who were less well-known in our country. The work of Lisette Model, Fazal Sheikh and Gabriela Iturbide were all shown in our Azca gallery and we started work on positioning the Foundation as an international point of reference for photography.
Always trying to keep the spotlight on the early days of modern art, as reflected in the exhibition of collages in Une semaine de bonté by Max Ernst, and adopting an original perspective in terms of theming, we implemented a systematic collaboration with major museums all over the world with a view to consolidating our prestige as one of the major players on the international museum scene.
Our collaborations with the Musée d’Orsay, the Museum of Art of São Paulo and the Hamburger Kunsthalle enabled us to put on some fascinating exhibitions in 2009 on sculpture in Paris between 1905 and 1914, in the Grand Tour, the essential European finishing tour for aspiring artists, and on master portrait artists.