Colonial Memory in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collections

June 14 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Museo Nacional Thyssen will be opening a new exhibition on 25th June dedicated to Colonial Memory in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collections.

According to the blurb on the museum's website:

This exhibition sets out to decipher the elements of colonial power within the iconography of certain works in the Thyssen-Bornemisza collections. A selection of paintings will reveal “invisibilised” stories of racial domination, marronage and the civil rights struggle, as well as the introduction of the modern mercantile system based on European military control, the use of enslaved African workers and the appropriation of firstly Latin American and later Asian and African land and raw materials. Visitors will be introduced to fictitious representations of new Arcadias and will witness the western projection of its unsatisfied desires in the form of the “Orient” and the construction of the “other” as barbarian or primitive.

The show will run from 25th June until 20th October 2024.

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