The cultural program which Fundación MAPFRE will be carrying out in its Madrid and Barcelona exhibition halls will combine two painting exhibitions and one photography exhibition.

In Madrid, our photography program kicks off on 12 September with the  Eamonn Doyle exhibition which brings the work of this Irish photographer to Spain for the first time and will be open to the public in our Barbara de Braganza Exhibition hall.

By living in the center of the Irish capital, Doyle photographs his surroundings from unexpected angles, revealing an original view of the city and its inhabitants. His series i, ON, and End., the “Dublin Trilogy”, with his strategic use of cropping and framing, convey moments of stillness and frenetic energy and of solitude and community.

Furthermore, the exhibition includes his K series, his latest work which is being presented for the first time. These are large format, color photographs displaying a series of spectral figures that are continually changing shape and are positioned in front of dramatic backdrops from Ireland’s west coast, as well as in Extremadura, where he was commissioned to take photographs by Fundación MAPFRE.

The spirit of an era: Boldini and Spanish painting at the end of the 19th century

From 18 September, you will be able to visit the exhibition  at Fundación MAPFRE’s Recoletos Exhibition Hall entitled The spirit of an era: Boldini and Spanish painting at the end of the 19th century. This is the first exhibition in Spain dedicated to this prestigious Italian painter. Giovanni Boldini (Ferrara, 1842 – Paris, 1931) came to be seen as one of the most influential portrait painters on the international stage at  the turn of the century. Residing in Paris from 1871, Boldini displayed a unique style throughout his life based on the intuition of a moment , the capturing of movement and with an originality that challenged the stiff poses of the past,  reflected in  swift brushstrokes and unusual gestures, while never losing sight of the figure and  expression of the person portrayed.

The  exhibition also sets up a dialog between Boldini’s work and that of the  Spanish artists linked to him. Artists active on the European scene at the turn of the century who shared a common pictorial territory with the Italian and who reveal surprising coincidences and rich contrasts, such as Mariano Fortuny, Raimundo de Madrazo, Joaquín Sorolla and Ignacio Zuloaga, among others. A total of 120 selected works which unerringly convey the entire spirit of an era.

Touch of Color: The revival of the pastel

At the Casa Garriga Nogués in Barcelona, from 4 October, the Foundation is offering a surprising exhibition: a review of international modernity through the pastel technique. The exhibition “Touch of Color: The revival of the pastel focuses on how this artistic medium reclaims its specificity from the second half of the 19th century onwards, where it takes on an important role within daring artistic innovations.

Among the pastelists featuring in the exhibition are Eugène Boudin, Mary Cassatt, Odilon Redon, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Hans Hartung. These artists bestowed all their elegance on these colored chalks and conferred a new status on a technique that became extremely popular throughout the 20th century.