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Alma-Tadema and Victorian Painting
in the Pérez-Simón Collection

From 25 June to 12 October 2014 (extended closing date)



Autor:
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Título:
The Roses of Heliogabalus (detail)
Fecha:
1888
Técnica:
Oil on canvas
Medidas:
132.7 x 214.4 cm

Ubicacion:
Pérez-Simón Collection, Mexico

Carmen in Spanish collections

From 7 October until 9 November 2014

Special Collaborative Exhibition. Free entry



Autor:
Pablo Picasso
Título:
Illustrations for Le Carmen des Carmen by Prosper Mérimée and Louis Aragon>
Fecha:
1964
Ubicacion:
Bancaja Collection, Valencia
© Sucesión Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2014
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Autor:
Sándor Bortnyik
Título:
The Twentieth Century
Fecha:
1927
Técnica:
Oil on canvas
Medidas:
84.7 x 77.7 cm
Úbicacion:
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Numero de inventario
INV. Nr. 474 (1978.61)

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In 1925 Sándor Bortnyik returned to Budapest after a long trip across Austria and Germany, where he opened up a poster design workshop which remained active until 1938. The Twentieth Century in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza collection is the painter’s tribute to his times. The subject of the work is industrial progress and technology — a central theme for the avant-garde of the age. The composition shows an ambiguous space that recalls El Lissitzky’s Proun paintings, combined with the presence of the “New Man” symbolised by robotised boxers, which also links up with the Russian artists’ pursuit of an athletic male image.

For this representation of the “New Man” Bortnyik also draws from the “triadic figures” of Oskar Schlemmer and the mechanical anatomies of Willi Baumeister , both of whom he met while at the Bauhaus. Furthermore, the underlying vision of the world conveyed by this painting may be related to man’s solitude in an increasingly mechanised world, a theme found in the paintings of both Léger and De Chirico.

Paloma Alarcó

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