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The Thyssen dives into the Mediterranean

Part of the exhibition with a piece by Paul Signac in the forefront.
Part of the exhibition with a piece by Paul Signac in the forefront. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • The new exhibition includes works from more than 30 national and international collections

The Mediterranean Sea is the heart and soul of the new exhibition that opened on Wednesday at the Carmen Thyssen art museum in Malaga. The gallery continues its pledge to deliver quality with this selection of 62 pieces sourced from 33 national and international public and private collections.

The broad theme of the Mediterranean encompasses almost a century of diverse artists and artisitic sensibilities. The baroness was in Malaga to unveil what is the museum's most eclectic exhibition so far, with paintings, sculptures, sketches and prints.

Through this variety, 'Mediterranean...' shows the museum's ambition and potential to bring works loaned by institutions such as thePompidou centre in Paris, and the Reina Sofía museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid, as well as the Picasso Museum in Paris.

The selection includes not only works by some of the greatest names in the history of art, but also offers a lesser-known side to the artists. There is the classicism painting by sculptor Julio González, the almost academic oils by the later unclassifiable Joaquín Torres-García, the fauvist colours of Georges Braque before he became one of the fathers of cubism and the almost psychodelic palette of Joaquín Sorolla, who is associated more with light and serene colours.

The visit begins with the sculpture 'The Bronze Age' (1876) by Auguste Rodin and while the highlights of the exhibition include pieces by Emile Bernard, Henri Matisse and Joaquim Sunyer, among others, Pablo Ruiz Picasso plays a starring role.

His signature is on 23 of the works which demonstrate his versatility, from sketches on loan from the Malaga birth-house foundation to paintings such as 'Bathers Watching a Plane' from the Paris museum.

In the centre of the room is the sculpture by Artistide Maillol, named simply 'Mediterranean', a sea of inspiration for centuries of artists.