Bilbao International Art&Fashion

September 06, 2018

The Thannhauser legacy, from Van Gogh to Picasso

The new exhibition from the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao

The Gugenheim Museum in Bilbao launches a new and spectacular exhibition on September 21, The Thannhauser legacy, from Van Gogh to Picasso, where works by great names of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism will be exhibited, together with pieces by the first modern masters, such as Van Gogh, Cézanne, Degas, Manet and Picasso.


The artworks, which are exhibited for the first time outside New York, are part of the Thannhauser Collection from the funds of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Justin K. Thannhauser stood out as a remarkable art dealer in the US and Europe, and in 1963 he announced that he was bequeathing to the New York Guggenheim a collection of works from his private collection that included masterpieces by the most important artists of the last century. His widow, Hilde Thannhauser, extended these funds with additional donations to the Museum in 1984 and 1991.

The Thannhauser Collection explores the work of avant-garde artists who sought to liberate art from genres and academic media. The first works that integrate the Guggenheim funds, which focus especially on abstraction, directly drink this formal and stylistic break. "From Van Gogh to Picasso. The Thannhauser legacy documents Thannhauser’s commitment to some of the pioneering artists of his time and highlights the vision of the family and his unwavering support for experimental art, which is still alive in the Guggenheim. "