• Posted:Tuesday, February 23, 2010
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Madrid houses Monet exhibition

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Madrid houses Monet exhibition
Art's a funny old thing, particularly the work created during the Impressionist movement. Of Monet, I believe that Cher Horowitz from the movie Clueless said it best: 'From far away it's ok, but up close it's a big old mess.' However, it is always best to wait before forming an opinion so, if you're staying in a Madrid hostel at the moment, don't take my word for it. Head to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and make up your mind for yourself.

According to Hello magazine, the gallery and the Caja Madrid Foundation have collaborated to bring the works of the French painter to an audience from a fresh perspective, namely how it relates to the onset of abstract expressionism in the latter half of the 20th century.

It's being held until May 30th - which is great news because it means that even if you weren't planning a holiday to Madrid, you still have time to do so - and looks particularly at how abstract artists, such as Jackson Pollock, Andre Masson, Gerhard Richter and Mark Rothko, rediscovered Monet's creations and helped him build the reputation that he is known by today.

And don't worry if you'd rather see some of the paintings by the aforementioned artists. Because of the influence that Monet had over them, some of their masterpieces are displayed concurrently, so there'll be a nice melange of material that should cater to most - if not all - tastes.

You could also be doubly cultured if you're in Madrid right now, by taking in this exhibition during the day and then heading off to the Teatro Real to see opera Andre Chenier, based on the life and times of the French poet. Es Madrid brought this to my attention and apparently it's quite bloody and tragic so hold onto your hat.

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