Fortuny y Madrazo: An Artistic Legacy is a seminal exhibition analyzing the work of celebrated Spanish artist and designer Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo (1871–1949) in the context of the family of artists from which he descended. From now through March 30, 2013, the exhibition will be on view at the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute at 684 Park Avenue in New York City.
Conceived and curated by Oscar de la Renta, chairman of the Institute’s board of directors, the exhibition is the first to examine the impact of both the matrilineal and paternal artistic legacies on Fortuny’s work from textile and clothing design to visual arts, and elaborate on the origins and influences that shaped his career.
Fortuny y Madrazo: An Artistic Legacy brings together an array of Fortuny’s work, from the luxurious textile and clothing designs to paintings, lithographs, photographs, artwork by Mariano Fortuny y Marsal, as well as paintings by members of the Madrazo family. Fabrics designed by Fortuny, and still produced today, provide a backdrop to the show.
Loans include objects from Madrid’s Museo del Traje and Comunidad de Madrid, the Museo Fortuny in Venice, the Hispanic Society of America, and The Museum of the City of New York. The exhibition will also feature significant pieces from leading private collectors Regina Drucker, Keith McCoy, the Riad family, Sandy Schreier, and Mark Walsh.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of related public programs that will additionally serve to reinforce the Institute’s mission of promoting greater awareness and understanding of the culture of Spain in the United States through a steadfast dedication to advancing scholarship in the arts. Please check the website for a schedule of events.