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Monet and Abstraction Exhibition at the Thyssen Museum in Madrid

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Until May 30, during your next trip to Madrid, you have the opportunity to visit the exhibition of the impressionist painter Monet, which takes place simultaneously in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and in the Caja Madrid Foundation.

In this exposition titled «Monet and Abstraction» It shows the evolution of Monet's pictorial work from impressionism to abstraction during his last years of life. And, likewise, you can verify the Monet's influence on the abstract painting of the 20th century, with the exhibition of works by various artists of abstract expressionism.

Then, after visiting it, I will give you a series of Tips for your visit of Monet's exhibition.


Water lilies of Monet in the exhibition of the Thyssen Museum in Madrid

How to avoid queues to see Monet's exhibition

Although during the week, in the morning and at noon, in general you can access directly without waiting for queues to the exhibition at the Thyssen Museum, the same may not happen during weekends and afternoons on weekdays.

To regulate the influx of public, the Thyssen Museum has established a system of entry to the exhibition at fixed times. In this way, if you arrive at the museum and there is an accumulation of visitors for the exhibition, at buy the ticket You will be told the time of access to the exhibition.

If you want to make sure you don't have delays, the best option is undoubtedly to do the online advance purchase of tickets to Monet's exhibition. In this way you will have the opportunity to ensure the day and time you want for your visit, in addition to saving you one euro in the price (8 euros, admission price acquired in the museum; 7 euros, price of online tickets)

Guided visits

At the headquarters of the Monet's exhibition, at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, there are no established Guided visits. However, this possibility is offered for the visit at the headquarters of the Caja Madrid Foundation.

The Free guided tours of Monet's exhibition They last 50 minutes and must be booked in advance on the phone 913 792 or 50, or you can also do the online booking.

Visit with audio guide

For the visit of Monet's exhibition in Thyssen You have the possibility to use the service of audio guide (3 euros), which is totally recommended to understand the meaning of it.


Monet's Charing Cross Bridge at the Thyssen Museum exhibition in Madrid

Tour of the exhibition «Monet and Abstraction»

The exhibition of "Monet and Abstraction" is distributed among the Thyssen Museum and the Caja Madrid Foundation.

In the first, there are five themes presented in various rooms. The exhibition begins with the theme Mists and variationswhere can we see Monet's paintings showing the Thames River under the haze of London, in a first approach of the artist towards abstraction. We can also see paintings by the English landscape architect Turner, whose style influenced impressionism.

Under the theme Light effects you can see two paintings of Monet with the landscapes at sunrise and sunset of the cliffs of Etretat, in the Normandy of France, as well as works by Hans Hofmann and Mark Rothko, among others.


Cliff of Etretat de Monet in the exhibition of the Thyssen Museum in Madrid

The theme Reflections and Transparencies presents us great pictures of the series Lily pads painted by Monet in the pond of his garden in Giverny. The evolution of Monet's aquatic paintings, with water lilies, you can continue seeing in the thematic area Contrasts of forms.

The latest theme of the exhibition at the Thyssen Museum, Brushstroke and gesture, shows us the aesthetic change that the Monet's painting after his cataract disease, so that his paintings dedicated to Japanese bridge or to Lily pads they reach a maximum abstractionist abstraction, with strong strokes. The works of other abstract artists that accompany them reflect a very similar pictorial style.

He exhibition tour at the headquarters of the Thyssen Museum it comes to last about 45 minutes.


The house among Monet's roses in the exhibition of the Caja Madrid Foundation in Madrid

In the Caja Madrid Foundation initially there are numerous paintings of landscapes painted on their Giverny garden, accompanied by works by artists such as Joan Mitchell and Sam Francis.

You can also see the maximum expression of the abstract style in Monet in his series of Japanese bridge. And in the series of Weeping willow Monet pays a metaphorical tribute to the French soldiers who fought in World War I.

To close the exhibition, works by artists from the second half of the 20th century are also influenced by Monet, such as Jean Rene Bazaine, Maria Elena Vieira da Silva and Robert Ryman.

Schedule and price of tickets at the Monet exhibition

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At Thyssen Museum (Paseo del Prado 8), the Monet's exhibition schedule It is from Tuesday to Sunday (Monday closed), from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the last hour of entry being 6:45 p.m.

He price of admission It is generally 8 euros (7 euros if purchased online in advance), with a reduced price of 5.5 euros for people over 65, pensioners, students and large family groups. Admission is free for children under 12 accompanied and unemployed.

In the Caja Madrid Foundation (Plaza de San Martín 1), the schedule is from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with free admission.

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