nine encounters with art in Spain

We offer to enjoy this winter a varied range of cultural proposals: the great Magritte retrospective in Madrid, leads an artistic offer that includes photography, drawings, sculpture and even jewelry.

Three Magnum women (Avilés).

Three Magnum women

Aviles. Until January 30. Niemeyer Center. American photographer Eve Arnold (1912-2012) was the first woman, in 1951, to enter the Magnum agency as a full member. Four years later the second would do it, the Austrian Inge Morath (1923-2002). In 2001 the Spanish Cristina García Rodero (1949) did it. Today, the famous agency founded among others by Henri Cartier Bresson has a hundred photographers in total, including 17 women. This exhibition presents works by the three pioneer women mentioned.

Jewelery 1965-1990. Between art and design

Barcelona. Until February 12. Design Museum. Exhibition that focuses on the first jewelers who worked in Catalonia in the second half of the last century. Through 145 pieces, a journey is proposed that tries to reflect both the changes in the international jewelery market, with special emphasis on the German market, as well as the appearance of new materials, techniques and ways of working. Works by, among others, Ninon Collet, Mariona Lluch, Marta Breis, Teresa Capella, Teresa Casanovas and Anna Font are exhibited.

Museum in danger (Barcelona).

Museum in danger!

Barcelona. Until February 27th. MNAC. Safeguarding and ordering Catalan art during the civil war, is the sentence that completes the title and clearly explains the meaning of the exhibition. Basically, the measures taken from the uprising of the so-called national side in 1936 to preserve the museum heritage are presented. Original works, photographs, primary documentation, lists, filtering files, catalogs and bibliographic volumes, newspaper archives, filming, cartography, posters, are the elements that the exhibition uses.

Art and myth. The gods of the Prado

Lleida. Until January 30. Caixa Forum. Paintings, sculptures and medals that cover a period between the 1st century BC and the end of the 18th century, all pieces from the most important Spanish museum, are presented with the common criterion of reflecting the influence of classical mythology and its usual and a profuse cast of gods, nymphs and satyrs, among other figures, in artists of all times. The exhibition also tries to contrast the classic discourse of the exhibited pieces with the contemporaneity of the myths in the 21st century.

Ellen Kooi

Madrid. Until December 23. Camera Obscura Gallery. Writren in Water (Written in the water) is the title of this exhibition by the Dutch photographer Ellen Kooi (1962), in which she presents recent works in which the liquid element is the protagonist, and in which a certain dreamlike element unfolds in environments natural. The framework of this exhibition is the Madrid Gallery Weekend, an event that has more than 50 exhibitions in seven neighborhoods of the city, with the dissemination of 75 artists, some of whom explain to the visitor the creative process of their work.

The Magritte machine (Madrid).

the Magritte machine

Madrid. Until January 30. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. The Belgian artist René Magritte (1898-1967) occupies a privileged place in the select surrealist Parnassus. This exhibition, presented as the first retrospective in the Spanish capital, brings together 95 paintings from institutions, galleries and private collections around the world. In addition, a selection of photographs and home movies made by the artist himself is exhibited. According to the curator of the exhibition, his title refers to the repetitive and combinatorial component of his work, with obsessive themes and innumerable variations.

The Paris of Brasaï (Malaga).

The Paris of Brasaï

Malaga. Until 3 April. Picasso museum. Brassaï, pseudonym of Gyula Halász (1899 – 1984), was a Hungarian photographer who made the French capital his home and his object of study and passion, to the point of helping to form the image that lasts for the so-called City of Light. This exhibition is a walk through secret and not so secret corners, in a virtual recreation of the Parisian intellectual environment of the 30s and 40s of the last century. There are no less than 240 photographs, in addition to 30 paintings by Picasso.

Ángel Ferrant: on a domestic scale (Palma).

Ángel Ferrant: on a domestic scale

Palma. Until January 16. March Foundation. Madrid sculptor Ángel Ferrant (1890-1961) lived through the civil conflict intensely, especially concerned with the preservation of the artistic heritage, a period during which he paused in his career, which he resumed at the end of the war. This exhibition presents seven small-format sculptures, six fired clay reliefs and 14 drawings made between 1939 and 1955. The exhibition also highlights the pedagogical aspect of Ferrant, who is considered a pioneer in the field of artistic education to this day.

Sorolla. Relentless cartoonist

Valencia. Until January 9. Bancaja Foundation. A hundred drawings, mostly from the Sorolla Museum collections, but also loans, make up this exhibition focused on a not so widespread aspect of the Valencian artist Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1923). Throughout his career there is evidence that he made more than 8,000 drawings, many of them previous studies of large paintings. This exhibition reviews his evolution, from the first to the germ of his great works.


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