Paul Gauguin’s flight to Tahiti, where he reclaimed primitivism through exoticism, is the guiding thread of this exhibition. Through a comprehensive selection of works by late 19th- and early 20th-century artists, it aims to reveal how travelling to supposedly more “authentic” regions brought about a transformation of the creative idiom and to what extent this experience affected the transition to modern art. The exhibition’s curator, Paloma Alarcó, Head of the Department of Modern Paintings at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, has devised a two-part structure: the first, to be seen at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, focuses on the innovations of Gauguin, Matisse, Kandinsky, Klee and Macke, among others, while the second part, on display at Fundación Caja Madrid, is devoted to the influence of Gauguin on the German Expressionists and the French Fauves during the early decades of the 20th century. It also includes a section on Matisse’s last trip to Tahiti.
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