In commemoration of Valencian Artist, Joaquín Sorolla, the Fundación Bancaja will exhibit Sorolla en negro in the month of May. Other 2023 exhibitions include Colombian artist Fernando Botero as well as modern Belgian art sampling ‘Arte Belga Del impresionismo a Magritte’ which displays the works of renowned names such as James Ensor, René Magritte, and Paul Delvaux.

The work of Colombian artist Fernando Botero will be presented between March 10th to September 3rd. The exhibition, curated by Marisa Oropesa, offers a selection of more than 40 works, including paintings, drawings, watercolours, and sculptures ranging from his first creations in the 1960s to pieces created in 2022. Born in Medellin in 1932, the Colombian figurative artist and sculptor is one of the most renowned artists from Latin America. Botero is considered “the most Colombian of Colombian artists”. He is internationally recognised, and his work can be found in the world’s most renowned places such as Park Avenue in New York and the Champs-Élysées in Paris. His signature style known as Boterismo. In his exploration of the “sensuality of form” he portrays people and figures in large, exaggerated form. He highlights and emphasizes certain features of his characters, increasing their impact on the audience. Depending on the piece, he depicts political criticism or humour.

Between April 5th to July 30th, Fundación Bancaja will exhibit great masterpieces of modern Belgian art, organised in collaboration with Musée d’Ixelles in Brussels and the Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga. The exhibition Arte Belga Del impresionismo a Magritte is curated by director of Musée d’Ixelles, Clair Leblanc, and will showcase nearly 80 works by 53 artists. It will provide a complete and unique panoramic view of the main artistic trends developed in Belgium from the end of the 19th century to the mid-20th century, including renowned artists from the Belgian museum’s collection such as James Ensor, René Magritte, and Paul Delvaux.

During the month of May, Fundación Bancaja will display the exhibition Sorolla en negro as part of the ‘Año Sorolla’; a commemoration of Joaquín Sorolla’s death a century ago in 1923. The Fundación Bancaja works in collaboration with Museo Sorolla and la Fundación Museo Sorolla. Joaquín Sorolla was born in Valencia in 1863. His work style is a variant of Impressionism, with paintings of portraits, landscapes and monumental works of social and historical themes. Curated by Carlos Reyero, the Madrid 2022 exhibition will arrive in Valencia’s Fundación Bancaja in May with an expanded selection of work that will include more than 40 new oil paintings. The exhibition will be composed of a hundred works, among which are unpublished paintings that are presented to the public for the first time. The exhibition reveals and delves into the presence of blacks and greys in the work of an artist associated with the painting of light and colour.

During the fourth quarter of 2023, the Fundación Bancaja is finalizing two major exhibitions: one as part of the centenary of Sorolla’s death, and another to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the current Fundación Bancaja.

Report by Sabina Redfern

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Photo: ‘Joaquín Sorolla. ‘María con sombrero’, 1910′


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