The exhibition is held within the multidisciplinary program of activities with which the 150th Anniversary of the artist's birth is celebrated in 2021. Through a careful selection of pieces, he tries to highlight the connection of this universal man with this city in where he lived and which was a permanent inspiration in his work.
Mariano Fortuny y Marsal, a painter born in Reus in 1838, was an artist of recognized international prestige when he decided to travel to Granada, looking for a retreat where he could find new inspirations for his works. He stayed in Granada between 1870 and 1872. During that stay, he settled with his family, first in the so-called Pensión de los Siete Suelos, next to the Alhambra, and later in a house with a garden, in the popular Realejo district of Granada, for Unfortunately, currently missing.
Heir to one of the most important artistic families of the second half of the XIX century, Mariano Fortuny Madrazo guided his training in the classical tradition to overcome it in a path of search and fascination for technical renewal and beauty. His creations are total works of art, regardless of whether they are formalized in fabrics, costumes, lamps, photographs, engravings, paintings or scenographies. The artist, heir to the tradition of the Arts and Crafts movement, created and innovated outside the historical avant-gardes.
This exhibition shows a selection of works by his teachers, his family, the artist himself and his wife Henriette Nigrin and the artistic and cultural context in which he spent his life: paintings, models, dresses, fabrics, artifacts, photographs, furniture, designs textiles, documents, bindings, engravings, drawings, lamps, personal objects, shoes and pieces from its collections (oriental clothing and fabrics), accompanied by audiovisuals.
This exhibition is held in collaboration with the Fortuny Museum in Venice, the Musei Civici Foundation in Venice, the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice, the Costume Museum, Spanish Cultural Action, and loans requested, among others, from the Prado Museum, the National Art Museum of Catalonia. , National Library of Spain, National Museum of Decorative Arts, Galliera Museum in Paris, Louvre Museum, Metropolitan Museum of New York and other public and private collections.