Art and Science in Thyssen Museum Madrid
Jul 16, 2015
Ten selected pieces from the Thyssen´s collection that show how scientific advances have been in many cases the engine and influence for the arts since the late twentieth century. Humanism, industrialization, theories of color and light, the discovery of landscapes and species, botany, fauna, ... the search for answers and the questions to understand the world and how nature works is a feature shared between scientists and artists, and the exhibition portrays these connections.
The limits of the universe, the natural sciences, the wildlife, were the main focus of work of nineteenth century American artists, specialists in landscapes as we can see in works such as Summer in the Catskills, by James McDougal Hart, in South American Landscape, by Frederic Edwin Church, or the magnificent Orchid and Hummingbird, painted by Martin Johnson Heade.
After this first group of works, there is a serie devoted to the scientific theories of color and light, in which the French painters of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century were great specialists: Matisse, Seurat's followers as Signat, Fauvism, the futurist with Gino Severini and his paint Expansion of Light, centrifugal and centripetal, or the work of Sonia Delaunay Simultaneous Contrasts, are examples in the exhibition of these chromatic studies and treatises on optics.
In a third section appears three-dimensional concept, with whom the artists attempted to create new spatial dimensions in relation with the modern geometric theories chased by the avant-garde artists: the fourth dimension of the Cubists, the total representation searched by masters as Picasso, Max Weber - with Terminal Station or Grand Central-Kupka, with Location of mobile graphics.
Art and Science is located in the lookout balcony on the first floor of the Thyssen Museum until September 27, 2015.