Listen up art fans, you’re going to want to see this. Tonight sees the inauguration of a new exhibition at the Museo de Bellas Artes: “Master Works From the Renaissance to Romanticism.” Thoughtfully curated by Angel Navarro and Florencia Galesio, the collection of 58 pieces charts the evolution of European art from the Renaissance in the fifteenth century to Romanticism in the nineteenth, taking a look at the different movements and styles that defined those eras.
This scope of the exhibition is ambitious, covering the Italian Renaissance in the works of Lorenzo Lotto, Titian and a sculpture by Leonardo da Vinci himself, juxtaposed with the differing style of the Flemish Renaissance, represented by painters such as Lucas Cranach. Spain is also represented through the works of the heavyweights of Spanish Art, El Greco and Francisco de Goya.
There is no doubt that the star of the show is the sculpture of “The Mounted Warrior,” attributed to Leonardo da Vinci in 1916 due to the similarities to some of his sketches. However, jury is still out on whether the sculpture was made by da Vinci himself or by one of his pupils, so why not go and take a peek? It is unusual to get to see his sculptures and bronze-work, so this is a particular treat for anyone interested in his work.
However, it is not all about Leonardo: This exhibition is particularly exciting as it sees the work of some Hungarian artists, such as József Borsos, Mihály Kovács and Károly Brocky, being shown in Argentina for the first time. These three painters were alive at the same point in time and produced their work during the early nineteenth century in Hungary. As some of the best-known painters of their generation, it is only logical that they be exhibited side by side.
But why is this happening right now, you ask? Well, this exhibition has been made possible by the merging of two of Hungary’s most important museums: Budapest’s Museum of Fine Arts and the National Gallery of Hungary. The former was founded at the end of the nineteenth century and holds a collection of ancient and modern work by international artists, while the latter exclusively showcases works by national artists. The two entities merged in 2012, and the renovations required to hold the entire collection have meant that when the work actually started, the Fine Art Museum’s collection went on a grand tour, “headlining” in Milan, Paris, Madrid, and Luxembourg. Buenos Aires represents the last stop (and only American city) on its tour, before it returns to the newly renovated gallery in September.
Da Vinci, Tiziano, Rafael, Lucas Cranach, Tiépolo, Van Dyck… ¡Cuenta regresiva! Mañana a las 18, inauguramos la muestra que reúne 58 obras de grandes artistas del Renacimiento al Romanticismo, pertenecientes a la colección del Museo de Bellas Artes-Galería Nacional de Hungría. pic.twitter.com/jxiuvIidFE
— Bellas Artes Arg (@BellasArtesAR) 26 de marzo de 2018
For Andrés Duprat, director of the Museo de Bellas Artes, this exhibition is a high point in the cultural link between Argentina and Hungary and he is particularly proud to be the only museum on the whole continent to be receiving the exhibition (take that, The Met), especially given “the significant period in the history of Western Art” that the exhibition covers.
Being included along with these famed art capitals further consolidates Buenos Aires’ reputation as an art-hub following last year’s stint as an Art Basel International City, making this an exciting time of flux and growth for BA’s creative scene. While there are a wealth of exhibitions opening this year, this one, set in the impressive architecture of the Bellas Artes, is definitely one not to be missed.
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