#TravelSpain: Renoir, Intimacy - October 18 2016 to January 2, 2017 Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Madrid

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Renoir and Madrid...
Renoir, Intimacy - October 18, 2016 to January 20, 2017
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

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Madrid's Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum presents an enthralling retrospective on the French artist and his ability to depict intimacy in its various forms (social, among friends, family or sexual).
Woman with a Parasol in a Garden’, a painting in the Museum's permanent collection. © Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
More than 70 works from museums and collections all over the world draw us into the world of textures and suggestions Renoir used to express intimacy in his paintings. In his impressionist paintings, Renoir strongly evokes tactile sensations in volumes, materials and textures. We find this at every stage of his development and in a wide variety of genres: group scenes, portraits, still life, landscapes, and nudes.

The filmmaker Jean Renoir described how his father “looked at flowers, women and clouds in the sky as other men touch and caress”. In contrast to the habitual conception of Impressionism, which reduces it to “the purely visual”, the exhibition to be shown at the Museum in the autumn of 2016 singles out the central role of tactile sensations in Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s canvases, which are evident in all the different phases of his career and which he expressed in a wide range of genres, including group scenes, portraits and nudes, as well as still lifes and landscapes.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir. A nymph by a Stream, 1869-1870. The National Gallery, London.
This survey comprising more than 70 works by the artist, loaned from museums and collections world-wide, will reveal the way Renoir made use of the tactile qualities of volume, material and textures as a vehicle to depict intimacy in its different forms – social intimacy, among friends and family, or erotic – and how that imagery connects the work and the viewer to the sensuality of the brushstroke and the pictorial surface.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The Source, 1906. Zurich, Colección Foundation E.G. Bührle.
Commissioned by the Museum’s Artistic Director Guillermo Solana, the exhibition will subsequently be shown at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao from 7 February to 15 May 2017.

From Oct 18, 2016 to Jan 22, 2017
Address: Paseo del Prado 8, 28014. Madrid
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Madrid by Gellerj

Tel. +34 917911370

The Area:
The Museo is near the Parque de El Retiro and the Palacio de Cristal, and walking distance from the downtown area of Madrid.

Hotel Picks:
Hotel Ritz, Madrid
Plaza de la Lealtad, 5, 28014 Madrid, Spain
+34 917 01 67 67
Why not put on the Ritz - literally - to prepare your senses for an examination of Renoir and intimacy? This elegant hotel was built in 1910 and is also only a few minutes alk from the Museo del Prado, a mere 1.8km from the Royal Palace of Madrid. The rooms are furnished with genuine antiques and suites are worth the splurge with handmade carpets, cristal chandeliers, marble bathrooms and much more. You can also dine on "avant-garde Spanish cuisine" in high style at the hotel resto or check out the stylish spa.

Hotel ibis Styles Madrid Prado
Calle del Prado, 11, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Ibis.com +34 913 69 02 34
For budget digs, you'll have to walk a bit further for Renoir but the ibis Styles sets you up in contemporary comfort right downtown. It's less than a km away from the Museo del Prado and just over one and a half kilometres from the National Archaeological Museum. Contemporary furnishings in bright colours give the hotel a chic and upbeat modern ambiance and it's set up for working visitors with Wi-Fi and multimedia capability.