Drawn from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s Thannhauser Collection, Van Gogh to Picasso: The Thannhauser Legacy features nearly fifty works by Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and early modern masters, including Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh.
The exhibition marks the first occasion that a significant portion of the renowned Thannhauser Collection has been exhibited outside of New York since its arrival at the Guggenheim in New York in 1965—over fifty years ago.
The Thannhauser works bring to the fore avant-gardists who sought to liberate art from academic genres and techniques in the late nineteenth century. These artists explored the fleeting effects of nature and ways to capture the spectacle of the changing city at the start of the twentieth century, and employed stylistic devices such as loose brushwork and innovative practices like fracturing and faceting the picture plane.
In addition to paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, the exhibition includes archival material ranging from gallery stock books to historical photographs, further documenting the Thannhauser family’s engagement with some of the most pioneering artists, collectors, and dealers of their day.
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Van Gogh to Picasso: The Thannhauser Legacy, featuring the celebrated Thannhauser Collection gifted to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and marking the first time the majority of the collection as such leaves New York to be exhibited elsewhere. With the exclusive sponsorship of Fundación BBVA, the show includes some fifty works by a number of the most well recognized Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, and modern masters, such as Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh.