Curators’ Tour in English and Estonian
Tour of the exhibition by the curators, Carlos Alonso Pérez-Fajardo, in English, and Aleksandra Murre, in Estonian.
Entrance with the museum ticket, but we ask you kindly to register beforehand online.
Ignacio Zuloaga (1870–1945) holds a special place in Spanish art. His works reflect the painful search for identity and the political and social breakthroughs of the beginning of the 20th century in Spain, while preserving and developing the traditions of the Spanish school of painting. Zuloaga, who came from a Basque artistic dynasty, studied art in the independent private academies of Paris, but he considered the old Spanish masters to be his main role models and their influence is apparent in many of his works.
Although Zuloaga’s widespread fame and great success were guaranteed by numerous parade portraits of influential members of the contemporary elite in Spain and in both North and South America, the present exhibition focuses on the themes that the artist himself considered important. The mentality and essential values of Spain after the horrors of the Civil War and its search for identity were shown in Zuloaga’s portrait series of Spanish luminaries, where the model’s character and intellectual world are depicted with equal power through their expressions and poses, as well as in the landscapes that surround them.
The role of Ignacio Zuloaga in Spanish culture is not limited to his own artistic output. He was one of the most active heritage protectors and a dedicated art collector.
The exhibition will be introduced by the curators, Aleksandra Murre and Carlos Alonso Pérez-Fajardo. Their dialogue will bring forth the main topics of the exhibition: cultural heritage and its role in forming the identity; tradition and modernity at the turn of the 20th century; process of the formation of an artistic school; music, literature, and art in the work of Zuloaga and his generation; Spanish intellectuals of the Generación del 98, etc.
Tour is a part of the finissage of the exhibition “Zuloaga. Soul of Spain“
As an exception, Mikkel Museum wil be open auntil 20.00 on 4 and 5 September 2021.