5. Munich: Kunsthalle Entrance Ticket to "The Myth of Spain"
Visit the Kunsthalle Munich, one of Germany’s leading exhibition venues with this entry ticket. Enjoy state-of-the-art museum technology in an exhibition space that creates a worthy stage for all art forms. The Kunsthalle München presents the first comprehensive exhibition of Spanish painter Ignacio Zuloaga in Germany, featuring some ninety works. Zuloaga shaped the image of Spain abroad like almost no other artist around 1900: toreros and spirited flamenco dancers; beggars, little people, and witches invoking the artistic legacy of Diego Velázquez and Francisco de Goya; ascetics and penitents in vast landscapes withering under the blazing sun; the simple life of the rural population. In the wake of industrialization and Spain’s increasing orientation towards European Modernism, Zuloaga strove to preserve the “Spanish soul” with such scenes, which gained him international success. In nine thematic chapters the exhibition explores Zuloaga’s artistic career and locates him within the historico-cultural context of his time, including his close ties with the writers of the so-called Generation of ’98, the question of Spain’s self-image and its image as a foreign country within Europe, as well as Zuloaga’s connections to the Paris avant-garde. Furthermore, his reception specifically in Germany is addressed, which in return is linked to Zuloaga’s complex relationship with the Francoist administration and his instrumentalization by the fascist regime. The show departs from the established yet too narrowly considered classification of Zuloaga as a painter of melancholic, gloomy, “black” Spain—in contrast to, for example, Joaquín Sorolla (1863–1923) as a representative of the cheerful, folkloristic, “white” side. Zuloaga’s oeuvre is thus re-examined in all its complexity. With this project, the Kunsthalle continues its Spanish-themed exhibitions like The Spanish Golden Age and Joaquín Sorolla, realized in 2016/17. The Myth of Spain. Ignacio Zuloaga (1870–1945) is an exhibition by Kunsthalle München, in collaboration with Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg. The exhibition will be on view there from February 17 to May 26, 2024..