New York

New York

“El Greco to Picasso: Time, Truth, and History”

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | New York
1071 Fifth Avenue
November 17, 2006–March 28, 2007

Curated by Carmen Giménez and Francisco Calvo Serraller

Once again the Guggenheim will use its rotunda to unfurl the art of a single nation. Previous exhibitions of the art of Brazil, the Aztec Empire, and Russia put unfamiliar objects on view, and there were discoveries to be made. Spanish painting as a category is different. Spanning the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries, this show will include approximately 135 works by mostly high-profile artists including El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Zurbarán, Picasso, Miró, and Dalí. The painters are well known, though not primarily because they are Spanish. The curators are opting for a thematic organization. The claim is not about a continuous history of Spanish painting but about affinities among artists dealing with certain subjects. It will be interesting to see if familiar painters look different when brought together and presented in this way.