10 June-7 Sept 2008. The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza dedicates a retrospective exhibition to the Israeli painter Avigdor Arikha. On show are 95 oils, drawings, and pastels, which offer the visitors a complete overview of the artist's work from 1965 to the present. Arikha survived his forced deportation to a concentration camp in Western Ukraine in 1941 thanks to drawings he made of deportation scenes, shown to delegates of the International Red Cross. Arikha started his career as an abstract painter, in 1965 he started life drawing in brush and ink and since 1973 has painted mainly from life, which he still considers the only way to preserve the traces of experience and to come close to the representation of the truth.
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Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Paseo del Prado 8, Madrid, tel. 0034-91-3690151. Tue-Sun 10.00-18.30.