Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
The Baltic Sea’s roaring waves create a cacophony of sound as they echo against the vaunted metallic curves of the façade of the Guggenheim Bilbao. While some would say the attraction to visitors here is solely the mellifluously contorted Frank Gehry design, the museum knows it’s also what’s inside that counts. And as visitors cross through the doors of building’s imposing outer shell and experience the museum’s latest exhibition—entitled Max Beckmann: Watercolors and Pastels—this reality becomes more and more clear. As its title suggests, the exhibition features nearly 100 watercolors and pastels by famed 20th century artist Max Beckmann.
Born in 1884 in Leipzig Germany, Beckmann became entwined in the artistic influences of numerous world locales, residing in Amsterdam and Paris before finally making his way to New York. Gaining notoriety as a graphic artist and painter, he worked restlessly for five decades in oeuvres that were both ephemeral and cheerful. Many dub his personal style as expressionist but in all truth his painting had such freedom it is hard to limit his work to a singular term. Read the rest of this entry »
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