Manet's Goya. Prints
22 August – 18 January 2015
Rampaging bulls, horrific executions, and a strong dose of acid satire. The SMK explores how the French artist Édouard Manet was inspired by the Spanish painter Francisco Goya. Witness the work of two of art history’s greatest stars in a new exhibition of prints.
The exhibition Manet’s Goya. Prints focuses on the visible impact of Francisco Goya (1746 – 1828) on Édouard Manet (1832 – 1883), and on the mutual interest in war, bullfighting, and satire that binds them together.
Each in their own way, Manet and Goya were both bold innovators in art history. Goya was driven by a belief in the ideals of the Enlightenment era. With his art, Manet wanted to present realistic rendition of "la vie moderne". Almost a century separates the two artists, who both worked against the grain of the prevailing art ideals of their own day.
Executions and bullfights
Neither Manet nor Goya flinch away from depicting the truly horrific. This is evident in e.g. the artists’ depictions of cruel executions and keen eye for bullfighting as theatre. Goya and Manet are both fascinated by the forces unleashed in the arena.
Manet and Goya share a predilection for satire. With their portraits and acerbic caricatures they mercilessly lambasted the high and the low of their own day and age. From old women with vain daughters to carnivalesque figures, prostitutes, and even the president of the French Republic.
Great art on paper
Most of the artworks in the exhibition come from the Royal Collection of Graphic Art – the SMK’s collection of art on paper. The Royal Collection of Graphic Art is home to more than 240,000 works. The collection covers a wide range of art, from 15th century art to Modernist works right up to works by the most recent contemporary artists.
Admission: DKK 55
Young people under 27: DKK 45