The museum completes the exhibition programme organised to mark its 25th Anniversary by inviting visitors to reflect on the educational role of museums in society today through an innovative project curated by the Education Department. “Art Lesson” consists of various activities that takes place during the time the exhibition is open to the public and occupies different spaces in the museum. The project has been conceived as an organic entity which takes shape over time and makes the museum particularly dynamic while it is taking place.

An exhibition featuring the work of contemporary artists such as Antoni Muntadas, Cinthia Marcelle, Dennis Adams, Eva Kot’átková, Dora Garcia, Pavel Kogan, Erwin Wurm and Rineke Djikstra looks at the issues of where knowledge lies and the museum as a personal experience, aiming to transform the spectator’s experience and place within the museum. For the first time, the museum also becomes a space for creation through two artist’s residence grants that allows the recipients to work alongside the Education Department team during both the preparatory stage and the exhibition itself. This initiative aims to establish links between cutting-edge artistic creation and the museum and between its works and the activities of its educators. 

The wide-ranging educational programme that accompanies the exhibition allows the visiting public to become an active agent, forming part of this process of experimentation and investigation. 

Art Lesson exhibition interactive publication

Interactive publication

If you want to know more details about this exhibition, leaf through the interactive publication.

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Selection of images

Cinthia Marcelle, Sobre este mesmo mundo [This Same World Over], 2009. Art Lesson exhibition, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Rivane Neuenschwander. Art Lesson Exhibition. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Dennis Adams, Malraux’s Shoes, 2012.  Art Lesson exhibition, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Erwin Wurm. Art Lesson exhibition, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Kota Ezawa, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, 2015.  Art Lesson exhibition, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Olafur Eliasson, We Only Meet When We Move, 2004. Art Lesson exhibition, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Big Valise, 2017. Art Lesson exhibition, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, 33 preguntas por minuto, [ 33 Questions per Minute (Relational Architecture5 )]. Art Lesson exhibition, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Educathyssen, Being seen, 2017. Art lesson exhibition, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza