Espai Carme Thyssen

The exhibition

Cities and inhabited places

From 14th July to 13th October 2013


Carmen Thyssen Collection

During the mid 19th century radical artistic movements began to emerge which have had a lasting impact on culture and aesthetics continuing into the 20th century and beyond.

This exhibition includes work from a number of the major figures of Modern Art (Gauguin, Sisley, Kandinsky, Kirchner, Delaunay, Kupka, Stepanova, Hopper, etc).Their works are exibited in context alongside important Catalan artists (Urgell, Meifrèn, Martí Alsina, Granero, Amat, Tarrassó, etc.).

Feelings and emotions are communicated by the colours and texture of the paint itself.

The aim is to use the language and perception of art as a way of awakening the senses and to recreate and evoke real experiences in an abstract form. It works on the fascination we all have for moments that have been frozen in time and yet seem able to come to life in the present.

The exhibition in detail

Exhibition's tour

  • I. New meaning to Realism.

    I. New meaning to Realism.

    The works from America and Europe collected together in this space are characterised by an underlying mood of romanticism.

    Discovering essential truth in a faithful recreation of reality is the primary concern among this group of works from the second half of the 19th century.

    The celebration of the beauty of nature, the feelings transmitted by the perception of landscape, the contrast between the real and the ideal, portraits of the atmoshere of an age.

    • Room 1. A New meaning to Realism. Works by: Boudin, M. J. Heade, A. T. Bricher
    • Room 2. Places to Dream. Works by: Bamberger, Martí Alsina, Urgell
    • Room 3. The Appeal of Landscape. Works by: Bradford, Bierstadt, Meifrèn
  • II. The fragmentation of light

    II. The fragmentation of light

    A humanization of nature springs forth with impressionism. Artists were striving to capture a fleeting moment for eternity and give permanence to that ephermeral impression.

    The artist's sensibility gives a poetry to the hardship of work in the fields and the home. Colour is fragmented and forms are stripped down in a search for their essence - light. The canvas becomes a space where the natural world vibrates with life.

    • Room 4. Fragmentation of light. Works by: André, Gauguin, Sisley
    • Room 5. the fragile nature of the moment. Works by: Amat, Nolde, Singer Sargent
    • Room 6. Rediscovered places.Works by: Barraud, Hopper, Mompou
  • III. Transfiguration of colour

    III. Transfiguration of colour

    Expressionism, fauvism, constructivism, orfism... Come together to celebrate the transfiguration of colour and the emotion of movement.

    Painting had entered a new realm highlighting a completely subjective vision of the world, detaching itself from form in order to go deeper into the essence. It aimed to avoid tangible references to avoid all distractions from the feeling of exploration.

    On the road towards abstraction it was inevitable that there would be a meeting with music.

    • Room 7. Transfiguration of colour. Works by: Kichner, Tarrassó, Villà Bassols
    • Room 8. Musical connections. Works by: Delaunay, Kupka, Stepanova