Curated by: Daniela Ferretti, Cristina Da Roit
To mark the seventieth anniversary of the death of Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, and to coincide with the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale, Palazzo Fortuny will pay tribute to the versatile Spanish artist by highlighting the importance of the family context in his artistic development. For the first time, an exhibition will focus on both father and son: Mariano Fortuny y Marsal (1838-1874) and his son Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo (1871-1949).
The reference to the Biennale is neither accidental nor out of place, given that a few months after Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo’s death in 1950, a room was dedicated to him in the Spanish Pavilion, where he had held exhibitions on several occasions. This current exhibition illustrates the reasons for this tribute by exploring two main, interwoven threads in the artistic lives of the two great Spaniards: the practice of painting as an intrinsic European tradition established by the ancient masters, and the passion for collecting as an opportunity for study and artistic development. Mariano Fortuny y Marsal cultivated his interest in antiques by collecting and decorating his study with antiquefabrics,glass,ceramics, statues, furniture and carpets.