The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza is presenting Beckmann: Exile figures, the first exhibition in Spain in twenty years to be devoted to the artist, one of the most important of the 20th century. While close to New Objectivity at the outset of his career, Max Beckmann (Leipzig, 1884 – New York, 1950) created a unique and independent type of painting, realist in style but filled with symbolic resonances, which came to constitute a vigorous account of society of his day.
Curated by Tomàs Llorens the exhibition features a total of 52 works, principally paintings but also sculptures and lithographs, loaned from museums and collections worldwide and including some of the artist’s most important creations, such as The Boat (1926), Society, Paris (1931), Self-portrait with Horn (1938), City. Night in the City (1950), and The Argonauts (1949-50), the triptych that Beckmann finished on the day he died at a relatively early age in New York.
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