Gauguin and the journey to the exotic, a new exhibition at the Thyssen Museum

Gauguin and the journey to the exotic, a new exhibition at the Thyssen Museum

From October 9, 2012 to January 13, 2013 the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum opens to the public his new exhibition on the impressionist painter Gauguin, called «Gauguin and the trip to the exotic«.

The flight of Paul Gauguin to Tahiti, which led him to reconquer primitivism through exoticism, is the focus of this exhibition that will discover, through various artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, how the journey to apparently more authentic worlds gave rise to to the transformation of creative language that conditioned the transformation of modernism.

Paloma Alarcó, Head of Conservation of Painting at the Museum and curator of the exhibition, proposes to visitors a route where the results of the artistic exploration of Gauguin, Matisse, Klee and Kandinsky, among others, as well as Gauguin's influence on German Impressionist authors and the French Fauves. Throughout the tour, it is revealed how the figure of Gauguin exalts himself as the creator of a new concept which served as a reference in the first decades of the 20th century.

The exhibition includes three fundamental questions that are progressively related. The first is the figure of Paul Gauguin, where visitors can enjoy a tour that starts from his trip to tahiti, represented by the author's characteristic paintings that have become the most fascinating images of modern art.

The second deals with the journey itself, the painter's escape from civilization and ties, which will serve as a renewing impulse to the avant-garde, and the journey as a return to the origins that primitivism yearned for. In the third and last, the modern conception of exoticism and its link with ethnography is shown.

¿What Paul Gauguin was looking for when, in 1891, he decided to set sail for the South Seas? ¿What he found there that transformed his painting forever? A journey that anyone interested in the French painter and his work would have found fascinating. Thanks to the support of "Tahiti Tourisme”, It has been possible to recall his flight and trace a journey through Tahiti and Hiva Oa that has been essential for the exhibition to continue.

The exhibition will take place in the exhibition hall of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Madrid, with 111 works on display to the public that will amaze visitors interested in the legacy of the impressionist painter.

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Video: Paul Gauguin. Lessons from Delacroix with Christopher Riopelle. The National Gallery, London