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Masterworks from Budapest. From the Renaissance to the Avant-Garde

From 18 February to 28 May 2017

Lucas Cranach, the Elder
Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist, ca. 1526-1530
Oil on panel. 88.4 x 58.3 cm
Budapest, Museum of Fine Arts
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The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum offers a number of thematic tours. These are interesting and stimulating routes around the collection that invite participants to discover the works of art from new viewpoints.

Thematic routes

  • Jewellery


    With this chronological tour, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza aims to gives us a closer look at the world of jewellery and allows us to learn about its styles, techniques and uses. Through a selection of works spanning from the 15th to the 20th century, we examine the importance and evolution of the art of jewellery and its relationship with painting.


  • Wine Culture in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection

    Wine Culture in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection

    This tour examines different aspects of the history of wine while following an enjoyable, very special route through the Museum's permanent collection. Linked both to religious rituals and everyday life, the prerogative of the rich and powerful and consolation of the ill-fated, a vehicle for social interaction, an object of economic exchange, stimulation for the senses, a wellspring of good health... wine has always been an important source of artistic inspiration.


  • Journeys


    Kenneth Clark: “We owe much of our pleasure in looking at the world to the great artists who have looked at it before us”

    Momentarily removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we are transported by our thematic route through the Museo Thyssen Bornemisza rooms to a land (as in Baudelaire’s dream in Invitation to the Voyage) where “all is order and beauty, luxury, peace and pleasure”. Here there are countless surprises in store for the visitor and we hope that, like the inveterate traveller, he or she will want to come back to see more of the unusual routes and revelations awaiting those who return. The gaze of the traveller — like that of the visitor to a museum — is curious and inquisitive. It is eager to discover new things of beauty and riddles to solve, and be enriched by views of unknown territories, the memories of which will last forever. Each new journey, each new artist discovered helps to open the doors of our perception, prompts new adventures, allows us to witness the diversity of human experience and helps to expand our awareness of our own identity


  • Fashion


    Fashion is a way of differentiating ourselves. It allows us to exhibit our different attitudes to life; it can show off or hide our bodies; it can challenge or innovate; it can be modern or traditional. Fashion reflects the evolution of society over time. It is an integral part of our culture and therefore has a place in our museums. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum invites you on a journey through the world of fashion.


  • A walk among flowers

    A walk among flowers

    Since antiquity, painting has made use of flowers in order to convey a wide range of meanings through their scent, vivid colours, endless variety of shapes and forms, cultivation methods and therapeutic properties.
    The present tour of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection offers a survey of Western art from the end of the Middle Ages to the present with the aim of analysing the numerous functions of floral symbols as indicators of heightened spirituality or extravagant display, conjugal fidelity or dynastic allegiance, and saintly innocence or exotic sensuality.


  • Images of Water

    Images of Water

    Water, the archetypal and essential human resource par excellence, has been depicted in all cultures since the dawn of humanity up to the present day. Its wide range of symbolic, sociological, literary and aesthetic connotations within the history of Western painting means that it can be approached from the viewpoint of numerous different issues. These include man’s relationship with nature and conquest of it, our vulnerable position midway between the fertility and destruction that give rise to natural resources, spirituality and ancestral rites associated with the elements, the relationship between water and the female, and pure enjoyment of its contemplation.
    The present tour of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection spans the 14th to the 20th centuries through a selection of “images of water” that will introduce us to a wide range of expressive landscapes. We will be seeing lakes, with their reflections that so fascinated painters, springs and rivers associated with biblical and mythological stories, unknown seas or ones whose raging waters have tested the courage of seafarers to the limit, majestic winter landscapes, ports and scenes of leisure activities. These are just a few of the themes that the painters in question have bequeathed to us, inviting us to reflect on and look at water in the context of our daily surroundings in a new way.


  • Flemish, Netherlandish and Dutch Painting in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection

    Flemish, Netherlandish and Dutch Painting in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection

    The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection offers a step by step history of the evolution of painting in the Low Countries from the 15th to the 20th centuries, including an outstanding group of works from the 17th century, which is a school of painting poorly represented in other Spanish collections.
    In order to pursue this subject, the present route will introduce the artists in question through fourteen selected paintings. It starts with works from the 15th century when the spread of the use of the oil technique offered painters a new way of representing reality and one in which detail and precision were fundamental. This is evident in the works by Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Hans Memling, Joachim Patinir and others.
    From the late 16th century and throughout the 17th century a range of subjects began to be depicted by artists working in both the Southern Provinces (Flanders) and the Northern Provinces. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection has paintings by the leading Flemish artists of this period — Rubens, Van Dyck and Anthonis Mor — as well as a notably comprehensive collection of paintings by Dutch artists — Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Nicolas Maes, Jacob van Ruisdael and Willem Kalf — who worked in genres such as portraiture, scenes of daily life, landscape and still life. These themes were all particularly popular with middle-class mercantile clients who were interested in decorating their houses with works of this type, resulting in a flourishing art market in Dutch cities.
    Our survey ends with Dutch and Belgian artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, represented in the Collection by names of the stature of Vincent van Gogh, Anton Mauve, James Ensor, Piet Mondrian and René Magritte.


  • Inventions


    The guiding thread of this survey is that of inventions, in the sense of machines or mechanical devices to be seen in the selected paintings. They are frequently not the principal subject of the painting: on the contrary, they are secondary objects that illustrate the numerous inventions that have made our lives easier and more comfortable.
    In the ancient world art, science and technology were not separated as they are today. In their original sense the words art (ars in Latin) and technology (from the Greek tecné) meant the same, i.e. man’s capacity to create. Leonardo da Vinci represents the remarkable culmination of the synthesis of the two concepts. From Newton onwards and subsequently with Romanticism, art and science became separated into two different and contrasting disciplines: objectivity, reality and logic as opposed to subjectivity, imagination and emotion. In the 20th century and even more so in the 21st century, these boundaries have once again become less precise with art being enriched by science and vice versa.


  • Food


    In addition to being an essential source of nourishment, food is also an object used in cult worship, a sign of wealth, a social ritual and a source of shared pleasure that involves all the senses and feeds the spirit. Given that, as the well known saying has it, “we eat more with our eyes than with our mouths”, the art of cookery, which involves creativity and colour in a way comparable to painting, has enormous visual appeal. As in an alchemist’s laboratory and surrounded by flasks, jars, paintbrushes and spatulas, both the cook and the artist transform their primary materials — saffron, berries, walnut and linseed oil, casein, fish tail, vinegar and egg white — into a creation that marks the transition from nature to culture through the opposition of the raw and the cooked.
    Through this gastronomic survey the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection aims to satisfy visitors’ appetites, tempting your palate and feasting your eye.


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