The Museo Nacional Thyssen.Bornemisza launches its docuweb ‘Migrant Artists / Culture Networks’
MADRID, 2 Sep. \ –
The Thyssen.Bornemisza National Museum, in collaboration with the BBVA Foundation, presented its first web documentary ‘Migrant Artist / Culture Networks’ this Thursday. The project invites you to know the trajectory of seven artists, whose works are present in the gallery’s collection, who were forced to migrate as a result of wars, authoritarian regimes or the social and economic problems of the historical moment in which they lived. –
The docuweb format, used for the first time by the museum, allows the creation of digital spaces that present the Thyssen collection through new stories, as well as the possibility of integrating archive documentation that enriches the reading of works of art.
“This language also has to do with contemporary art, since the consumption of culture is not the same as it was ten years ago. It must be understood .not as a documentary. but as a documentary series, in which there is a set of flash documentaries that form the narrative, and users compose it. Something like we consume now, “said the head of the Museum’s education area, Rufino Ferreras, during the presentation of the documentary.
The project is aimed at researchers, students and the general public who can learn through different devices a variety of materials, photographs, videos, records, internal museum documentation, posters, texts, related to the lives of artists and the role of culture contemporary. Furthermore, according to Salvador Martín, museum educator, the works exhibited in the docuweb complement its rear part: “It is something that has rarely been shown in the Museum.“
‘Migrant artists / Culture networks’ proposes five main sections: ‘Artists’, ‘Crossed lives’, ‘Not to be forgotten’, ‘Culture networks’, ‘Participate and The project’.
The initiative is part of the ‘#ConectaThyssen’ program, and tells the stories of seven artists: Marc Chagall, Sonia Delaunay, George Grosz, Piet Mondrian, Romare Bearden, Ben Shahn and Hilde Isai, forced to migrate in the interwar period, when most of them went into exile in New York.
“It is necessary to understand that in these processes of exiles and migration, which are so hard, the role of art and culture is fundamental in the creation of networks and ties of people”, has pointed out the historian and documentarian Ana Gómez.
During the premiere of the docuweb, four works by the artists participating in the project were shown: ‘Double portrait of Hilde II’, by Hilde Isai; ‘The Virgin of the Village’ by Marc Chagall, ‘Orchestra of Four Instruments’ by Ben Shahn and ‘Metropolis’ by George Grosz.
Regarding this last painting, Gómez has reported that on its back there is a number marked in the Berlin exhibition in 1939 and, in this sense, points out that, “not only is the artist a migrant, but his works are as well” –
Along with the docuweb, the Thyssen offers a complementary experience through the ’20s’ tour, hosted in the ‘Second Canvas Thyssen’ app, which makes it possible to discover and delve into the works of different artists from the interwar period.
The app makes it possible to carry out ‘superzoom’ on the works and has a ‘storytelling’ based on different details that bring us closer to a specific stage in the recent history of the West in order to know its consequences.