Sunday, July 06, 2014

Because Madrid Loves Art

Post-Franco Spain is emerging (especially since the 1980s) as a modern, diverse society, one that embraces and honors art and artists of all kinds. Madrid is an ideal draw for anyone who digs these kinds of things. The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, which opened in the early 1990s, is not far from the Prado @ Palacio de Villahermosa, Paseo del Prado 8.

"Standing almost opposite the Prado Museum and very near the Reina Sofía Modern Art Museum, this new museum, which architect Rafael Moneo was commissioned to design, was the missing cornerstone that finally sealed the triangle of art. With the presence of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, the most important private collection in the world before it was acquired by the Spanish state in June 1993 for 350 million dollars, few cities can match Madrid’s appeal for art lovers." Here's a link and source for the above. 
I love this ~ Quappi in a Pink Jumper by Max Beckmann (1932 -1934), Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid. Quappi was Beckmann's second wife, aka Matilde von Kaulbach (1904-1986). Quappi's hands may look a bit weird, but the overall impression is smashing, especially in person. 

Today's Rune: Strength. 


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Charles Gramlich said...

I would love to visit Spain. I'm going to set a story there eventually.

t said...

Just got back home from Barcelona. First time. An artsy fantasy of course. I couldn't help thinking how literate the city was :)
Madrid would be lovely!

Deedee said...

I'm so glad that you enjoyed Madrid. I could spend weeks in Museo del Prado.

Erik Donald France said...

Cheers, all and thanks ~! Evidence of literacy in action abounds. The Prado is astonishing, as are the others.