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Spanish landscapes from Picasso & Fortuny on display in Tallinn

Text Susanna Poikela
Photos KUMU

Spanish landscapes from Picasso & Fortuny on display in TallinnThe dialogue between so-called white Spain and black Spain gave birth to Catalan modernist painting.

 

This spring and summer, Kadriorg Palace in the heart of Tallinn’s Kadriorg Park will host the year’s premier exhibition, España Blanca y Negra: Spanish Landscapes from Fortuny to Picasso.

When one thinks of Spanish landscapes, visions of Mediterranean holidays, bright sunshine, blue skies, and lush nature often come to mind. However, this image only captures part of the story. Spain also encompasses the harsh and desolate terrains of Castile, characterised by strife, religious fanaticism, and poverty.

Which of these scenes truly represents Spain? This question became a central theme in Spanish culture during the late 19th century, sparking a dialogue between the contrasting visions of White Spain and Black Spain. This rich cultural conversation gave rise to exceptional literature, music, and art.

 

The search for Spanish identity through art in 19th-century Spain.

 

The exhibition at Kadriorg Art Museum delves into these two contrasting extremes in Spanish painting. It features masterpieces from several Spanish museums and private collections, showcasing works by renowned artists such as Marià Fortuny, Eugenio Lucas Velázquez, Joaquín Sorolla, Ignacio Zuloaga, Ramon Casas, Santiago Rusiñol, and Pablo Picasso.

España Blanca y Negra will be on display at the Kadriorg Art Museum from April 13 to August 25, 2024.

 

The Kadriorg Art Museum is located in the baroque palace built by Tsar Peter I of Russia.

 

 

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