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Daily 10 am–8 pm
(also on bank holidays)


Each 3rd wednesday of the month
during AfterworkKH the exhibition
remains open until 10 pm: 20.3., 17.4., 15.5., 19.6., 17.7. and 21.8.2024

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Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung
Theatinerstrasse 8
(in the Fünf Höfe)
80333 München
T +49 (0)89 / 22 44 12


Joaquín Sorolla

Spain's Master of Light
March 4 – July 3, 2016

About the exhibition

For the first time in Germany, the Kunsthalle München is presenting a comprehensive retrospective of the Spanish artist Joaquín Sorolla (1863–1923). A native of Valencia, the artist had the unparalleled ability to capture the southern light in paint; his sun-drenched works even impressed contemporaries like Claude Monet.

The exhibition includes 120 works from the artist’s entire career, from his early paintings in Paris, in which the influence of the French Impressionists is clearly evident, right through to the distinctive pictures that reflect the maturing of his art into his own unmistakable style that was celebrated throughout Europe and the USA. In addition to Spanish landscapes and beach scenes, perspective portraits are recurring themes in his work. Moreover, the exhibition focuses in particular on the large-format paintings that attracted such attention in the Paris Salon.

Joaquín Sorolla is considered the most important Spanish artist of the turn of the century. Surprisingly, his work is virtually unknown in Germany today. Therefore, it is high time to rediscover this “master of light”.

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Joaquín Sorolla. Spain's Master of Light

This catalogue offers an extensive survey of Sorolla’s life and work, Spain’s most famous painter of the late 19th century. Essays, by among others the exhibition’s curators Blanca Pons–Sorolla and María López Fernández, deal intensively with the various stages of his impressive career. A major focus lays on the artist’s international breakthrough in Paris. Short introductory texts cast a light on various topics such Sorolla’s landscapes and portraits.

Edited by Roger Diederen, María López Fernández and Blanca Pons-Sorolla; with 118 color illustrations, 248 pages, in German.

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