Joan Miró, the Phillips Collection masterpieces and Alvar Aalto

The two collections will coexist at CaixaForum Madrid for the 2015-2016 season.

”la Caixa” Foundation presents its program for its social and cultural centre in Madrid for the 2015-2016 season, marked by a global cultural offering designed for audiences of all ages. Two big consecutive exhibitions will bring exceptional works from the Louvre Museum to the CaixaForum Madrid. Drawing Versailles will present, for the first time since the 18th century, the preparatory cartoons and drawings that Charles Le Brun made for the Palace of Versailles, which have been restored specifically for this exhibition thanks to ”la Caixa”.

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Gabriel Abrantes, Olympia, 2006. CAM © Gabriel Abrantes

The second collaborative project with the Parisian museum, Women of Rome, will delve into the diverse and aprominent role of women in Roman society. In the summer of 2016, the great names in the history of painting will be brought to CaixaForum Madrid. Goya, Cézanne, Manet, Courbet, Sisley, Van Gogh, Degas, Picasso, Modigliani, Kandinsky, Pollock and Rothko will be featured thanks to Conversations, a selection of the best works from the Phillips Collection in Washington.

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Mujer sentada y niño.1967. Fundació Joan Miró. © Successió Miró 2015 / Sin título. Dibujo-collage. 1933. Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona. Depósito colección particular. © Successió Miró 2015

The program features two other exhibitions that look at 20th century art. The first is Miró and the object. Organised by the Joan Miró Foundation, it is the first monographic exhibition that focuses on this aspect of one of the most influential artists of the last century. It will be followed by a collective exhibition curated by the Portuguese artist Julião Sarmento, with work from the collections of ”la Caixa”, the MACBA and the Gulbenkian Foundation.

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Biblioteca de Viipuri (Víborg), Carelia (actualmente Rusia), Alvar Aalto, 1927-1935 © Armin Linke, 2014. Cortesía de la Galleria Villamare, Pescara

Two of the program’s reoccurring themes over recent years -architecture and photography- will also be represented with two exhibitions. Firstly with a major retrospective dedicated to the Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto, and secondly, with the exhibition Five minutes, which brings together the best portraits by photojournalist Pedro Madueño.

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Pedro Madueño, José Tomás, torero. Barcelona, 2009 © Pedro Madueño / Pedro Madueño, Adolfo Marsillach, actor. Barcelona, 1996 © Pedro Madueño

The season will also focus on social projects, most notably My world, jointly organised with the United Nations Organisation, and One more exhibition, which gives a voice to vulnerable groups to help enable them to develop artistic projects.

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Jarrón «Savoy», Alvar Aalto, 1936 © Vitra Design Museum, Alexander Vegesack, VEGAP, Barcelona, 2015

A program that is in line with the CaixaForum model, whose seven social and cultural centres received a total of 2.3 million visitors during the 2014-2015 season. ”la Caixa” Foundation scheduled 42 exhibitions based around 27 different themes at these centres. CaixaForum Madrid hosted 1332 activities during 2014, supported by more than 760.000 visitors.

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