‘Real(ismos)’ highlights the modernity of the new figuration through lesser-known works by Miró, Dalí, Maruja Mallo, Benjamín Palencia, Ponce de León and others
The paradox of early 20th century Spanish art is that while major artists like Picasso, Dalí and Miró were considered indisputable masters of the avant-garde, they were generally devalued, relegated to major exhibitions at the time and less studied than other contemporary European movements.
The new seasonal exhibition at the Carmen Thyssen Museum, entitled “Real(ismos)”, aims to show through the artists themselves and their works the coexistence of the avant-garde with the figuration that has once again prevailed in art. between the wars and which, in the case of Spain, ended prematurely and brutally with the civil war. It contains 86 works, some with a new realism that is far from traditional, by Maruja Mallo, Benjamín Palencia, Pablo Gargallo, Ponce de León, María Blanchard, Jorge Oramas and Julio González, among others.
“The new realists have been overshadowed and ignored in different exhibitions, so we want to highlight the relevance of Spanish art from the moment it was relegated to the background and the need to tell a story that until now has not was only partially told” declared Bárbara García y Alberto Gil, curators of the exhibition, during the opening. Thus, contrary to the prevailing thesis that Spanish art of the 1920s and 1930s was less interesting and of lower quality, the exhibition graphically shows that although many artists are not known today, their works have become part of integral part of European modernity after having been absent for so long. long.