The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya offers the oportunity to enter the surrealist universe of Yves Tanguy (1900-1955), the French painter who was very closely linked with André Breton. A sailor and a self-taught painter, Tanguy began his career in France, but he established his reputation as an artist in the United States, where he emigrated in 1939 and lived until his death.
The exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Quimper, comprises over two hundred and fifty pieces. About fifty of his paintings, the most important part of his work, are exhibited, from the early post-Cubist and Expressionist works of 1924 to Multiplication of the Arcs, painted shortly before he died. The discourse of the exhibition is completed with a large number of pieces from his graphic work: washes, engravings, “automatic drawings” and “exquisite cadavers”, Surrealist games that Tanguy shared with friends of his like Joan Miró, André Breton or Jacques Prévert. Books and magazines of the time illustrated by Tanguy, photographs by Man Ray or Dora Maar and other unpublished documentation help to contextualize the painter’s Surrealist universe.
Source: MNAC – www.mnac.cat
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