Until 22 September, Las Rosa is collaborating with the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum to create the exhibition "Balenciaga and Spanish Painting." A unique experience that connects the works of the most admired and influential fashion designer of all time with Spanish painting from the 16th to the 20th century. Bringing together some of his creations but also a selection of paintings by well-known names in the history of Spanish art, it will be the first major exhibition on the Basque creator.
Proud of his origins, the designer has instilled a lot of references related to his culture in his collections. Artistic elements are present in many pieces, such as the shape of flamenco dresses, the sequins of a bullfighter's costume or the aesthetics of the Spanish Habsburg court translated into black velvety fabrics adorned with stones. Even in its most avant-garde period, Cristóbal Balenciaga has demonstrated a strong artistic personality with a distinctive style to maintain these influences by reinterpreting historical techniques and styles in a modern way.
Truly echoing art, each piece in the collection is associated with a painter or an era. A selection of 90 dresses from the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum in Getaria, the Madrid Costume Museum and the Barcelona Design Museum were borrowed. Some pieces will also be presented to the public for the first time, as they come from many private collections in Spain and elsewhere. With regard to paintings, an exceptional collection of 55 works has been built up through loans from Spanish institutions such as the Prado Museum, the Bilbao Museum of Fine Arts, and the Lázaro Galdiano Museum.
"Balenciaga and Spanish Painting" until 22 September 2019 at the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum in Madrid.