By no means second fiddle to the artistic powerhouse that is the Prado, Madrid’s Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza plays host to a fabulous collection of some 800 works of art collected by Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza, her husband and his family. Located just opposite the Prado Museum in a stunning neoclassical former palace, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is home a wealth of art spanning the centuries. Indeed, whether it’s the Renaissance or Rococo, Romanticism or Realism periods that whet your appetite or your taste veers more towards the Impressionist, Cubist or Pop-Art movements, it’s fair to say that the museum’s permanent collection really does cater for everyone, regardless of their artistic persuasion.
Kicking off its 2014 programme of temporary exhibitions, the Thyssen-Bornemisza starts the year with a formidable bang as it plays host to a major retrospective devoted to the father of modern art, Paul Cézanne, entitled “Cézanne Site/Non-Site”. The first monographic exhibition on this artist in Spain since 1984, this must-see ensemble explores the two principal themes so prevalent in Cézanne’s work – still life and landscapes – and features 58 works (49 oils and nine watercolours) on loan from museums worldwide including the USA, Japan and Australia. The exhibition is further complemented by an additional nine works by artists including Pissarro, Derain, Gauguin, Braque and Bernand.
Whilst Cézanne worked and exhibited with the Impressionists, he maintained a unique creative approach, preferring a more generalist approach to his landscapes where neither seasons nor times of day were evident. His still lifes however broke away from a traditional perspective, the artist opting instead to show them at various stages of composition. For this, the work of Cézanne is very much considered the bridge between Impressionism and Cubism.
The exhibition opens on Tuesday 4th February and runs until Sunday 18th May. Entrance to the exhibition in addition to the museum’s permanent collections costs 17€ per person. The museum is open daily from 10am until 7pm (12pm until 4pm on Mondays).