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German Expressionism in the collection of Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

27 Oct 2020 - 14 Mar 2021

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Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza acquired his first watercolour by Emil Nolde in 1961, and thereafter made the German Expressionists a particular focus of his collecting until his death 40 years later; when the greater part of his collection was donated to the Spanish state in 1993, it provided the Spanish public with the first real access to this form of modern art. This is the first display to unite the works held by the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza with those that remain in the hands of Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza’s wife, Carmen, and their children. The exhibition groups works by all of the major figures in the movement – Ernst Ludwig Kirchner; Franz Marc; Wassily Kandinsky, and many more – into three themed sections, which explore how these artists worked, the history of their works’ reception, and finally the work of Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza to promote them during the second half of the 20th century. Find out more from the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza’s website.

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House in Dangast (The White House) (1908), Erich Heckel.

House in Dangast (The White House) (1908), Erich Heckel. Courtesy Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza; © VEGAP, Madrid

Flower Garden (1917), Emil Nolde.

Flower Garden (1917), Emil Nolde. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid; © Nolde-Stiftung Seebüll

Flowers

Flowers (c. 1913), August Macke. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Picture with Three Spots, No. 196 (1914), Wassily Kandinsky.

Picture with Three Spots, No. 196 (1914), Wassily Kandinsky. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid; © Wassily Kandinsky, VEGAP, Madrid

The Dream (1912), Franz Marc.

The Dream (1912), Franz Marc. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

The Dream (detail; 1912), Franz Marc.

The Dream (detail; 1912), Franz Marc. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

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