It’s already been 30 years since the last Edvard Munch exhibition in Spain. It took place in Madrid in 1984, at the National Library, and we haven’t been able to delight in this renowned artist’s work in our country ever since. For that reason, and because he is one of the greatest artists of the late 19th century, The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is holding this marvellous exhibition titled “Edvard Munch. Archetypes” from October 6th 2015 to January 17th 2016. This exhibition just makes for the perfect excuse to book a hotel in the centre of Madrid and come to enjoy eighty works of art collected for the occasion. The exhibition has been conveniently divided into nine sections, so you can take all the time you need to see them more comfortably. Such a proposal will undoubtedly make your weekend much more pleasant and unusual.
The exhibition was commissioned by Paloma Alarcó, Head of the Conservation department of Modern Painting of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and Jon-Ove Steihaug, Director of Collections and Exhibitions of the Munch Museet. The main idea of the exhibition is to demonstrate to the public Munch’s contribution to the modern history of art, as one of the primary representatives of his era, next to Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, or Vincent van Gogh. Additionally, their intention is to provide people with the opportunity to get to know Edvard Munch beyond his widely-known work known as The Scream. With a total number of nine sections, visitors will be able to get to know Munch’s artistic legacy more in depth. Enjoy a tour through the emotional archetypes and existential obsessions of the contemporary human being. His works are marked by themes of love, desire, jealousy, anxiety, melancholy, illness and death. The sections are divided according to the representation of the human figure in different settings, like the night, the forest or the study of the artist. Each of them includes pieces of work from his early stages, as well as his latest, displaying his theme of circularity. These 80 works are nothing but a tiny sample to get closer to this paradigmatic artist of modern art, who produced around 28,000 works, including paintings, graphic art and drawings.
Half of the pieces forming this highly-awaited exhibition come from the Munch Museet in Oslo. As for the rest of them, they have been provided by other European and North-American museums, namely New York’s MOMA, Oslo’s Nasjonalmuseet, Tate, Zurich’s Kunsthaus, or Frankfurt’s Städel Museum.
Do you find this interesting? If the answer is yes, then it’s about time you started planning a weekend to the capital city of Spain. There are plenty of must-see art masterpieces you can see in different museums of Madrid, so this might be the perfect occasion to pay a visit to them all. Edvard Munch’s exhibition is on view from October 6th to January 17th, so make sure you sneak two or three days into your schedule to book a hotel in the centre of Madrid and enjoy a cultural weekend. It’s important to know how to properly prepare a cultural visit of such heights. Make sure you check the opening hours and days of the different museums you want to visit, so as to not find the doors closed. Besides, you can book your tickets to Edvard Munch’s exhibition online in advance, as well as for other museums and temporary exhibitions. This way, you will be saving your time which otherwise would be wasted on queuing and you will have guaranteed access. So, would you like to come to our hotel in the centre of Madrid, and get to know Edvard Munch more in depth?