"The Impressionists and Photography" exhibition and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza skip-the-line tickets
- Discover the relationship between photography and painting
- Admire pieces from artists such as Manet, Degas and the young Impressionists stimulated by the work of photographers
- Enjoy an exhibition which reveals the artistic concerns shared by painters and photographers
From 15 October 2019, the museum is presenting an exhibition that offers a critical reflection on affinities and mutual influences between photography and painting.
Following the appearance of the earliest Daguerreotypes in the late 1830s and above all after the subsequent discovery of photographic printing on paper, the relationship between photography and painting became an extremely close one. The camera’s artificial eye in the work of photographers such as Le Gray, Cuvelier, Nadar and Disderi, to mention just a few, stimulated Manet, Degas and the young Impressionists to develop a new way of looking at the world. Impressionism used the medium not just as an iconographic source but was also inspired by it technically in its scientific observation of light, its representation of an asymmetrical, truncated pictorial space and its exploration of spontaneity and visual ambiguity. In addition, the new Impressionist type of brushstroke led some photographers to become interested in the materiality of their images and to look for ways of making their photographs less precise and more pictorial in effect.
The key position that photography now occupies in the context of contemporary art has encouraged a renewed interest in art-historical studies with regard to the impact of its invention on the visual arts. The exhibition The Impressionists and Photography, shown at the Museo in 2019, pursues this line of research. It offers a critical reflection on affinities and mutual influences between photography and painting while also looking at the lively debate that its emergence generated among critics and artists in France in the second half of the 19th century.
Curated by Paloma Alarcó, the exhibition is divided into nine thematic sections: The Forest, Figures in the Landscape, Water, The Countryside, Monuments, The City, Portraits, The Body and Archives, which together reveal the artistic concerns shared by painters and photographers.
- Entrance to the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza (permanent collection)
- Entrance to the temporary exhibition: "The Impressionists and Photography" (from 15 October 2019 to 26 January 2020)
- Audio guide (only if you select this option)
- Free Admission Ticket: Under 18 years old, people with disabilities, Comunidad de Madrid guide, other autonomous community guide, Amigo MNAC, Youth Card holders
- Reduced Admission Ticket: Students, over 65 and pensioners
Note: Eligibility for reduced-rate and free tickets must be proved at the access-control point with a valid ID
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- With this ticket you can visit the museum's permanent and temporary exhibition
- Ticket valid only on the printed date
- No re-entry to temporary exhibitions
- Last visitors admitted 1 hour before closing
- All galleries are cleared 5 minutes before closing
- Please arrive 15 minutes ahead to facilitate admission at the scheduled time
"The Impressionists and Photography"
- Monday: closed
- Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00am to 7.00pm
- Saturday: 10.00am to 9.00pm
- Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00am to 7.00pm
- Mondays: free admission from 12.00pm to 4.00pm
- The museum is closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December
- On 24 and 31 December, opening hours are from 10.00am to 3.00pm
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