Balthus at the National Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza

Nacional, 19/02/2019

The National Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza presents an exhibition on the legendary artist Balthasar Klossowski de Rola (1908-2001), known as Balthus. The exhibition is jointly organised with the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen / Basel.
Considered one of the great masters of 20th-century art, Balthus is undoubtedly one of the most unique painters of his time. His diverse, ambiguous work, which has been equally admired and reviled, pursued a direction that ran completely counter to the rise of the avant-gardes.
The exhibition, curated by Raphaël Bouvier with the support of Michiko Kono, and Juan Ángel López-Manzanares, brings together paintings from every period of Balthus's career from the 1920s onwards. It casts light on aspects such as the different types of intellectual interaction between the dimensions of space and time that exist in his paintings; the relationship between figure and object; and the essence of his enigmatic oeuvre.
The audio guide, available in Spanish, English, Italian and French, includes comments from the curator Juan Ángel López-Manzanares, as well as original fragments of an interview of Guillermo Solana and Setsuko Ideta, Balthus' widow. 


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