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New FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE exhibition hall in Barcelona

New FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE exhibition hall in Barcelona

By In Culture, Highlights On 11 August, 2015


FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE will be opening a new exhibition hall in Barcelona this fall, with a view to extending to the Catalan capital its exhibition project which, over the last few decades, has achieved a well-earned reputation, both nationally and internationally.

Photos: José Hevia

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Located in the Casa Garriga Nogués, one of the capital’s most outstanding buildings, truly representative of Catalan Modernism and the Eixample district, the new FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE exhibition hall in Barcelona will host a regular program of major international painting and photography exhibitions. Sometimes these will be shared with the Foundation’s other halls and with international institutions with which it collaborates and, in other cases, these will be projects designed specifically for Barcelona.

FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE’s presence in Barcelona will start this coming October 8 with the inauguration of The Triumph of Color. From Van Gogh to Matisse. Collections of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. An exhibit organized expressly for the Catalan capital, comprising more than 70 works, which considers the role played by color along the way from the Impressionists to the avant-garde painters, taking as examples the biggest names of that period.

The hall is located within one of the most representative buildings of Catalan Modernism

The hall is located within one of the most representative buildings of Catalan Modernism

Following this inaugural display, the program for the first season of this FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE hall in Barcelona will be completed with exhibitions devoted to two of the most relevant and influential photographers of our time: the Japanese Hiroshi Sugimoto (Tokyo, 1948), the author of works of extreme virtuosity and profound visual magnetism, principally revolving around portraits and still lifes, with this exhibit reflecting the most important elements of his oeuvre since 1976; and the American Bruce Davidson (Oak Park, 1933), personally and professionally connected to Cartier-Bresson, who, throughout a range of works, built up one of the most lucid, compassionate and ennobling visions of the contemporary human condition, with this exhibit marking the first major retrospective of his oeuvre to be presented in Europe.

Countdown to the inauguration

Isabel Cahn and Pablo Jiménez Burillo, during their visit to the facilities at the Casa Garriga Nogués.

Isabel Cahn and Pablo Jiménez Burillo, during their visit to the facilities at the Casa Garriga Nogués.

The organizer of the exhibition and painting curator at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Isabel Cahn, accompanied by Pablo Jiménez Burillo, Manager of our Foundation’s Culture Area, visited the Barcelona exhibition hall in order to coordinate the technical and artistic aspects of the montage of the exhibition The Triumph of Color. From Van Gogh to Matisse. Collections of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

During this visit, they held a press briefing with the leading media outlets to officially present this great project.

At this event, Pablo Jiménez Burillo pointed out that, with the inauguration of this hall, “a long-sought dream will become a reality: finding a permanent space in Barcelona where FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE can offer the Catalan public a regular program of exhibitions of its collections.”

For her part, Isabel Cahn stressed that there could be no better place to mount this exhibition, “that this is a unique opportunity to admire the works of great artists such as Monet, Georges Seurat, Gauguin and Cezanne.”


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