Toulouse-Lautrec and his Montmartre come to Barcelona
A new exhibit at CaixaForum museum brings over 350 pieces from the Paris of the 20th century to visitors
Imagine Paris in the 20th century, walking its winding streets lit by lamplights, filled with carriages, lined with typical architecture and bustling with people wearing the latest fashion. This, the neighborhood of Montmartre, was the world of Toulouse-Lautrec – one which now, you can step into, thanks to a new Barcelona exhibit.
Called ‘Toulouse-Lautrec and the spirit of Montmartre,’ the collection includes over 350 works – including loans from international public and private collections – and can be found at the CaixaForum. Here, visitors can enjoy “paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, newspapers, posters, photographs and objects from the period, including an original traveling shadow theater,” according to the museum.
Montmarte was, in 1880, a “deprived” neighborhood – but with the presence of Lautrec and his contemporaries, one that was converted into “a center for artistic activities that challenged the establishment.” The artists “created ‘the spirit of Montmarte,’” which in turn became a “geographic common denominator for many artists.” Opening October 18, the exhibit runs until January 20, 2019.