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Balenciaga: The influence of Spanish painting in fashion design

By | 17 July, 2019 | 0 comments

This summer, the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum is hosting a unique exhibition commissioned by Eloy Martínez de la Pera called “Balenciaga y la Pintura Española” (Balenciaga and Spanish Painting). The expo links the creation of the designer Cristóbal Balenciaga with the traditional Spanish painting between the 16th and 20th centuries. It includes a selection of sixty paintings from private collections and institutions such as the Museo del Prado or the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao, with a collection of one hundred valuable pieces of clothing from the Museo Balenciaga in Guetaria, the Museo del Traje in Madrid and the Museu del Disseny in Barcelona, as well as private national and international collections, many of which have never been exhibited before.

Balenciaga is considered one of the most admired and influential fashion designers of all time. His garments are characterized by simple and minimalist lines, as well as by the volume in the fabrics, making reference to Spanish art and culture. The Basque designer was known for his strong character and personality. He constantly reviewed art history and reinterpreted it in modern and avant-garde creations for the time.

In the different pieces you can see the references to painting through the velvety black fabrics of many of his suits, as well as the air of a flamenco dancer’s tail coat, which can be seen on the flounces of some dresses.

You can enjoy this mixture of art and fashion design from 18 to 27 June and from 8 to 22 September: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00-19:00h and Saturdays from 10:00-21:00h; from 28 June to 7 September: Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00-22:00h and Sundays from 10:00-19:00h, with an entrance fee of 13€ general and 9€ reduced.

Categories: Exposiciones Madrid

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