Espai Carme Thyssen

The exhibition

Cities and inhabited places

From July 16 to October 15

An ideal world, from Van Gogh to Gauguin and Vasarely. Carmen Thyssen Collection

Different realities

Consisted of about fifty paintings, An ideal world. From Van Gogh to Gauguin and Vasarely. Carmen Thyssen Collection wants to emphasizethe humanisation of an artthat looks for beauty, not only in the composition, but also in the soul of the landscape that surrounds the human being.

The itinerary presents three different ways to look at, observe and interpret the world: the objectivity of Naturalism, the light study of Impressionism and the experimentation of a new order typical of Avant-gardes.

Beyond the only observation of the paintings, An ideal world. From Van Gogh to Gauguin and Vasarely encourages the spectator to discover the difference between living and desired realities, thanks to a dialogue among the works of art. 

The exhibition in detail

Exhibition's tour

  • An ideal world

    An ideal world

    . Room 1: An ideal world offers an itinerary through aesthetics in the perception of the landscape from the Naturalism to the avant-gardes.  When the paint challenges the world to turn into images, the perception of the environment will not ever be the same.

    Works by :  Gauguin, Sisley, Guillaumin... 


  • I. An image of the real world

    I. An image of the real world

    The Naturalism (last third of the 19th century) is an artistic movement that wants to accurately reflect the reality, based on the scientific method and the positivism. Although Naturalism and Realism seem to be opposed to Romanticism, we understand these two movements as a Romantic epilogue. 

    . Room 2: The work Watermill at Gennep (1884) by Van Gogh is a clear example of the Naturalism will to represent the landscape and the human presence without idealise them.  

    Works by :  Van Gogh, Urgell, Martí Alsina…

    Room 3: At present, the Realism that reflects Mediterranean scenes gives us a sense of nostalgia of a more harmonious past related to the connection with the nature, which is more complicit and dependent. New relationships between the individual and the world find an answer in the modernity.

    Works by : Rusiñol, Meifrèn, Amat...

  • II. The world, an immense garden

    II. The world, an immense garden

    Impressionism develops the analytic view of the landscape, the scientific perception of light, without leaving aside the poetic view, able to catch the fleeting of an instant in the eternity of the painting.

    . Room 4: The artist will leave his study to work outdoors and capture a living nature, with its bare skin, a sudden burst of light.

    Works by Pissarro, Bilbao, Regoyos...

    . Room 5: The dialogue between the countryside and a private garden will emphasize the search and the human need to connect with the nature, leaving evidence of this bond through the painting.

    Works by Galofre, Pla, Cabral...

    . Room 6: Whether it’s a paradise, a garden or a habitat in the nature, the painting offers us a deeply significant connection with the world. It can also be found in cosy spaces, where everything is quiet and bucolic.

    Works by Llimona, Pinazo, Martínez Cubells...

  • III. Geographies of the ideal

    III. Geographies of the ideal

    Without putting aside the will to represent an ideal world, whether it’s specific or abstract, the works that compose the Geographies of an ideal section are very eclectic, as it was the reality in the 20th century. Limits disappear in the Avant-garde art.

    . Room 7: The need to establish a new order between the individual and the world give free rein to experimentation. The Noucentisme movementbegin in Catalonia in 1906. Its will to represent an ideal world was a characteristic that help surrealism to come out.

    Works by Sunyer, Girona, Planells...

    . Room 8: The artist wants to show the structure of the world through Cubism, Constructivism and Op art. He wants to recognise the art in the thoughts or represent what is tangible, achieving an infinite reality.

    Works by Vasarely, Torres-García, Segal