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Details

Time:

Monday: closed
Tuesday to Sunday: from 10.00 to 19.00
Saturday: from 10.00 to 21.00

Place:
Ground floor

Estimated duration of the visit: 1 hour

Photographs without flash of the items of dress are allowed, not of the paintings

The singular architecture of the exhibition does not allow the presence of resting benches. There are other alternatives that you can request at our Information desk

The museum is presenting an exhibition that connects the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga, the most admired and influential fashion designer of all time, with the tradition of 16th- to 20th-century Spanish painting.

References to Spanish art and culture are a recurring presence in Balenciaga’s work. The simple, minimalist lines of religious habits or the architectural volume of their cloth are to be found in many of his designs. The billowing train of a flamenco dancer’s dress echoed in the flounces on some dresses, the glinting reflections on a bullfighter’s suit, brilliantly conveyed in the sequin embroidery on a bolero jacket, and the aesthetic of Habsburg court dress echoed in black velvets embellished with jet trim in some creations are just a few examples. Balenciaga constantly studied the history of art and made use of these influences, expressed through his own powerful and unique style, throughout his career, including his most avant-garde period, reviving historic garments and reinterpreting them in a strikingly modern manner.

The exhibition, curated by Eloy Martínez de la Pera, includes a carefully-selected group of paintings loaned from private Spanish collections and public museums, including the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao. They are accompanied by a group of important creations by Balenciaga -loaned from the Museo Balenciaga in Guetaria, Museo del Traje in Madrid and Museu del Disseny in Barcelona and other international and national private collections- some of them never previously exhibited before. 

With the collaboration of:

Herbert Smith Freehills
Las Rozas Village
Visita virtual Balenciaga y la pintura españolaBotón de reproducción
Virtual visit

Come alone on a virtual tour and enjoy the exhibition

GO TO THE VIRTUAL VISIT
Introductory video

With Eloy Martínez de la Pera, curator of the exhibition (in Spanish).

Publicación interactiva Balenciaga y la pintura española
Balenciaga and Spanish painting interactive publication

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

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Selection of images

Balenciaga and Spanish painting. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Balenciaga and Spanish painting. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Balenciaga and Spanish painting. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Balenciaga and Spanish painting. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Balenciaga and Spanish painting. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Balenciaga and Spanish painting. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Balenciaga and Spanish painting. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Balenciaga and Spanish painting. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Balenciaga and Spanish painting. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Balenciaga and Spanish painting. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Miniatura
Balenciaga and Spanish painting. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Balenciaga and Spanish painting. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Balenciaga and Spanish painting. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Balenciaga and Spanish painting. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Balenciaga and Spanish painting. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza