Until 19 Sept 2005. Most 20th century Spanish artists lived under the shadow of Picasso lo Espaol par excellence for the rest of the world. This forced many painters into other jobs just to survive, including Juan Gris, who sketched and wrote for various publications because his painting was neither recognised nor appreciated in a Spain that was closed to the world and the avant-guard. But Gris believed in his work and tirelessly continued to paint, indifferent to the lack of attention. Subtle, disciplined, and remarkably skillful, Juan Gris was never to know fame in his own lifetime; only after his death did he grow in stature, becoming one of the most valuable artists worldwide. This exhibition was organised by Reina Sofa Museum curator Paloma Esteban, who dedicated three years to the most complete show to date of Juan Gris paintings, including many works never before exhibited in Spain. And given the great difficulties in bringing together all the works, the exhibition is considered one of the most important of 2005. Juan died on 11 May 1927 and, among others, his funeral was attended by Picasso and the poet Kahnweiler, who declared: The purest man has died, the most affectionate and loyal friend Ive ever known, and one of this earths most noble artists.
Admission: 3, students / youth card 1.50, Free: Sat from 14.30, all day Sun, and for children, pensioners, and the unemployed. Mon-Sat 10.00-21.00, Sun 10.00-14.30, Tues closed
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Juan Gris Exhibition.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofa, Via Santa Isabel 52, Madrid. Metro: Atocha. Tel. +34 (0) 914675062