OT: Monte del Pilar (Majadahonda, Madrid)

El Pilar Mountain is a forestry mass of Mediterranean woodland of 804 hectares of which 446 belongs to the municipality of Pozuelo de Alarcón, 249 to Majadahonda and 109 to Madrid. It’s natural continuation of the Regional Park of the Cuenca Alta del Manzanares that has been artificially separated from it by the A6 and the urbanizations which, built during the last half of the last century, extend in its two margins.

The area is easily accessible by public transport. See my previous post here.

My pictures of yesterday with my hiking group:





OT: Ramon Casas. Modernity Desired

The celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ramon Casas (1866-1932) provides a magnificent opportunity to rediscover the work of a painter whose work reflects the birth of a new era, one in which modernity came knocking on the doors of history. Through his attitude, at times bohemian, at times irreverent and ironic, Casas positioned himself decisively within a movement that emerged during the closing decades of the nineteenth century. This is illustrated by his use of such inventions as the bicycle and the motorcar, which embodied his optimism regarding the technological possibilities offered by the myth of progress. Halfway between desire and reality, then, Casas’ work was open to a vast range of influences: poster art, photography, Japanese prints and so on. The exhibition, first presented in Sitges and now opening at CaixaForum Madrid, features 145 works by both by Casas himself and a number of his contemporaries. Organised by ”la Caixa” Foundation in coordination with the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) and the Museums of Sitges, the show was produced with support from the Government of Catalonia, Barcelona Provincial Council and Sitges City Council.

Ramon Casas. Modernity Desired, from 8 March to 11 June 2017 at CaixaForum Madrid. CaixaForum Madrid (Paseo del Prado, 36).

Read more here.

OT: Masterpieces from Budapest. From the Renaissance to the Avant-Garde

Masterpieces from Budapest. From the Renaissance to the Avant-Garde is the first of the major exhibitions the Museo Thyssen –Bornemisza is staging in 2017 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of its opening to the public. The show brings together ninety works of superb quality for visitors to enjoy in Madrid and has been made possible by the collaboration with the the Museum of Fine Arts-Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest.

The Museum of Fine Arts opened on 1 December 1906, though it was in fact founded ten years earlier in 1896. Its holding, which are international in scope, gradually grew through gifts and acquisitions, such as the purchase of the fabulous Esterházy collection from Miklós Esterházy in 1871 – the core of the current museum’s collections – and  the bequest of Count János Pálffy in 1912. The Hungarian National Gallery, devoted exclusively to Hungarian art, was officially separated from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1957: Housed in the Buda Castle complex since 1975, it exhibits masterworks dating from the medieval period to the 20th century.

Among the pieces selected for this exhibition, visitor will find not only paintings but also drawings and sculptures that reflect the richness and quality of the collections in the care of the institutions. The show is arranged chronologically, spanning from the 15th to the 20th centuries, and the works are grouped by national schools. (Source: Exhibition brochure)

20170425_130734-1Today Begoña and I had the opportunity to visit the exhibition, which offers a wonderful tour through out the history of European art from the XV until the XX century.

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
Temporary exhibition halls level 0
Paseo del Prado, 8
28014 Madrid
Exhibition dates: 18 February – 28 May 2017
Opening hours: Mondays: closed. Tuesdays to Fridays and Sundays: 10am to 7pm. Saturdays: 10am to 9pm

For further information click here.

News from Spain

The Cervantes Prize, the highest literary honour in the Spanish-speaking world, was handed to Spanish novelist Eduardo Mendoza. Read more here.

Sant Jordi Festival in Barcelona 2017. read more here.

Happy Sant Jordi Day to all regular or occasional readers of A Crime is Afoot!!!!

OT: The Return to Beauty: Masterpieces of Italian Art, The Interwar Years

20170422_135416-1With the exhibition The Return to Beauty: Masterpieces of Italian art, the interwar years, Fundación MAPFRE is completing its cycle on a period of Italian art history that was launched in 2013 with Macchiaioli, Impressionist Realism in Italy and continued last year with the exhibition From Divisionism to Futurism. The dawn of modern art in Italy. The present event moves forward in time to focus on the Italian artists of the early decades of the 20th century who once again looked to the classical and Renaissance tradition as a model in order to recapture a place and time in which beauty and harmony prevailed.

The exhibition brings together more than one hundred works representative of both the key artists of Metaphysical painting – Giorgio de Chirico and his brother Alberto Savinio, Carlo Carrá, Filippo de Pisis and Giorgio Morandi – and of the Novecento group artists – Mario Sironi, Leonardo Dudreville, Achille Funi, Anselmo Bucci, Ubaldo Oppi, Piero Marussig and Gian Emilio Malerba – as well as that of other figures who intrepidly set out towards what we know now as Magic Realism – including Felice Casorati, Antonio Donghi, Ubaldo Oppi and Cagnaccio di San Pietro – their results to some extent allied woth German New Objectivity. Alongside their works will be others by artists such as Pompeo Borra, Massimo Campigli, Gisberto Ceracchini and Marino Marini who, while not affiliated with any of the movements, moved within the context of the same aesthetic.  (Source: From the exhibition brochure)

Begoña and I had the opportunity to visit the exhibition this last week.

Fundación MAPFRE
Recoletos Exhibition Hall
Paseo de Recoletos 23
28043 Madrid
Exhibition dates: 25 February – 4 June 2017
Opening hours: Mon 2pm-8pm; Tue-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun, public holidays 11am-7pm

For further information click here.

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