- Prophet of Modern Times/ 13.07. - 03.10.2005
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Thur 10 am - 10 pm Fri,
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(Text: Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie)
a culmination of more than 10 years of preparation, the State
Museums of Berlin and the Kunsthistorisches Musuem, Vienna,
in cooperation with the Museo del Prado, Madrid, are proud to
present the most comprehensive display of works by the Spanish
artist Francisco de Goya ever shown in the German speaking world.
Renowned as a painter, drawer, etcher and lithographer, Goya
is esteemed as one of the greates Spanish artists of all times.
(1746-1828) first achieved fame with his depictions of the colourful
vernacular Spanish way of life, which served as models for the
royal tapestry weavers. Between 1774 and 1790, he painted cheerful
scenes of a carefree lifestyle such as in „El quitasol“. In
1789 he was appointed painter to the Spanish court where he
created numerous portraits of the Spanish aristocracy like eg.
„Duquesa de Alba". Yet his contact with expoonents of the
Enlightment who chritizied the domination of the Spanish society
caused him to question the favoured painting tradition with
its Rococo influences. During the French Revolution he was caught
between 2 fronts in his profession as court painter, as many
of his friends were persecuted by the King's soldiers. This
experience, coupled with a grave illness which left him deaf
brought about Goya's increasing preoccupation with the darker
sides of human existence. The stupidity of the world, the horrors
of war and social injustice became central themes in his work
from that point on, which he articulated in a moving, expressive
visual language, as demonstrated by "Corral de Locos".
His final creative period brought forth demonic, nightmarish
visions and yet, at the same time straightforward depictions
of ordinary life.
exhibition Goya - Prophet of Modernism presents over 80 key
paintings from international collections alongside an extensive
selection of drawings. 11 of the paintings have been lent by
the Museo del Prado, including the famous "Autorretratto"
(1815), "El quitasol", "El pelele" and "Vuelo
de brujas". Centring on Goya’s role as the foremost Spanish
precursor of European Modernism, the exhibition endeavours to
reveal the extent to which many of the pivotal themes of art
in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries were anticipated in
his key works. At the same time, Goya’s oeuvre shows itself
to be an experimental space for the modern gaze and artistic
by the Goya exhibition, the ground and second floors of the
Alte Nationalgalerie will be also be rearranged. Here, works
by Spain’s greatest nineteenth-century painter will be contrasted
with exponents of nineteenth-century German art, including Caspar
David Friedrich, Carl Blechen and Karl Friedrich Schinkel, alongside
two key representatives of French nineteenth-century art, Edouard
Manet and Claude Monet, exhibited on the ground floor.
exhibition will be on view from 13 July until 3 October 2005
on the Museumsinsel in Berlin before travelling on to Vienna.