MADRID – The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid launched on Tuesday a micro-exhibition that explores surrealism through key works spanning from 1923-1976 on loan from a private art collection.
The intimate exhibition at the Thyssen takes the viewer on what it described as a magical journey of some of surrealisms greats, ranging from Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, Roberto Matta, Wilfredo Lam, Joan Miro to the great exponent of the movement, Salvador Dali, featuring the Spanish artist’s iconic “The Bleeding Roses” (1930) and “The Western Side of the Island of the Dead” (1934).
“The museum presents a selection of 13 works related to Surrealism from the ABANCA Art Collection,” the museum said in a statement, with a spokeswoman adding that ABANCA is a Basque bank.
“It begins with a picture by Giorgio de Chirico, a forerunner of the movement, and an oil painting by Max Ernst inspired by the Italian’s metaphysical landscapes. It continues in the 1930s when Miro adopted a more radical pictorial language and fewer expressive devices until arriving at his more characteristic mature style, which is also represented in the exhibition by a canvas executed in 1976,” the statement said.
The curator of the show, Juan Angel Lopez Manzanares explained to EFE that surrealism is possibly the most transcendental movement of the 20th century because it is never-ending.
“More than a defined artistic movement, Surrealism was a set of manifestos that offered ideas and explorations designed to be catalysts for social change that would trigger the adoption of a more balanced society,” Manzanares added.
The curator has arranged the dream-like paintings on a rich red backdrop adding to the sensual qualities of many of them and creating an intimate and cozy environment to take in the experimental artworks that compel the viewer to suspend disbelief and enter the world of the unconscious.
Dali and Surrealism in the ABANCA Art Collection is showing at the Thyssen Museum in Madrid until Jan. 27, the museum said.