• Rodin, Giacometti, Carrington, Pérez Siquier, Friedlander and Brandt are some of the big names who will be exhibiting in the Foundation’s exhibition halls.
• This year Fundación MAPFRE is also opening an art center dedicated to photography in Barcelona.
Combining both painting and photography exhibitions as is customary for its exhibition schedule, Fundación MAPFRE will be staging a total of ten exhibitions in its Madrid and Barcelona exhibition spaces next year. Some of the greatest names in painting, sculpture and contemporary photography will be on view, including artists such as Auguste Rodin, Alberto Giacometti and Leonora Carrington as well as Carlos Pérez Siquier, Lee Friedlander and Bill Brandt.
The Foundation will also be opening a new arts center in June 2020 which will focus mainly on photography.
Fundación MAPFRE will be opening the year with Rodin-Giacometti, an exhibition that explores the parallels and differences between the work of both artists for the first time in Spain, thereby initiating a conversation that will reveal the connections between their work. The exhibition will be open to the public from 4 February, at the Recoletos Exhibition Hall on Paseo de Recoletos, 23, in Madrid.
Richard Learoyd, which will open its doors to the public from 19 February, can be visited at the exhibition hall on Calle Bárbara de Braganza 13. This exhibition presents Learoyd at the height of his career, with a selection of 51 works in color and black and white that encapsulates his best work from over a decade. The difficulty of bringing together these unique photography pieces, hailing from both public and private collections, makes this the largest exhibition ever organized for this artist up until now.
In Barcelona, Fundación MAPFRE will be exhibiting the work of Carlos Pérez Siquier (1930) on 13 February in the Casa Garriga Nogués. This major retrospective of this photographer from Almeria takes us on a tour of his most distinguished series, carried out between 1957 and 2019, with a substantial number of unpublished images and with the aim of promoting the international recognition of a photographer who received the National Photography Prize in 2003 from the Spanish Ministry of Culture.
In the second quarter of 2020 Fundación MAPFRE will be exhibiting the work of Lee Friedlander from 1 June at the Recoletos Exhibition Hall in Madrid. This will be a retrospective exhibition of his extensive corpus of work, with a special emphasis on specific projects such as American Monuments and themes that unite photography over six decades of work: portraits, self-portraits, family photographs, nature, the streets.. The exhibition, comprising almost 300 photographs, includes more than 50 books and other documentary materials (journals, vinyls, contacts..).
Fundación MAPFRE will be opening a new arts center in June dedicated solely to photography. This project will be continuing with the exhibition schedule carried out so far, with retrospectives of the great masters of 20th century photography, together with full overviews of modern artists who have achieved early and undeniable international recognition. The center will also be promoting unprecedented initiatives within the Foundation’s photographic activity, such as the inclusion in the exhibition program of private and public Catalan photography collections; it will be rolling out an educational campaign aimed at school-age children and families; and it will be running a series of conferences and holding an award, among other activities.
The new center will open its doors with two simultaneous exhibitions. Exhibition hall 1 will be displaying the works of Bill Brandt, considered one of the founders of modern photography, together with Walker Evans and Cartier-Bresson. His images, which explore society, the landscape and English literature, are indispensable to understanding the history of photography and even the British way of life in the mid-20th century.
In the second hall, Fundación MAPFRE will be presenting a selection of photographs by Paul Strand for the first time as a solo exhibition, and this will be the most wide-ranging collection of the artist’s work outside the United States. More than 70 works (of the almost 140 in the Foundation’s possession) that make up a complete journey through the career of one of the most important photographers of the 20th century.
Bringing 2020 to a close, two exhibitions will be held in Madrid and two in Barcelona. The Bárbara de Braganza Hall in Madrid will be staging an exhibition of the photographer Bill Brandt, originally held at our Barcelona center.
Bringing an end to 2020, on 30 September the Recoletos Exhibition hall will be holding an exhibition of Leonora Carrington’s work. Held for the first time in Spain, the exhibition follows the career of this artist from her first drawings to her later works: training and early influences in England and Florence; surrealism in Paris and the period spent in Saint-Martin-d’Ardèche and of course, Mexico as her new homeland. The project also explores her multiple visits to Chicago, New Orleans and New York from the end of the 1960s to the 1980s.
The new photography center in Barcelona will be holding two exhibitions from 22 October: A retrospective exhibition of the work of Garry Winogrand, a renowned photographer together with Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlander >, one of the fundamental figures in the renewal of documentary photography, and an exhibition on the historic archives of the MNAC Collections. Both exhibitions seek to demonstrate the importance that some of the best photographers from the second half of the 20th century have on the study of the history of photography.