madrid: hanging out with the russian avantgarde

Posted on April 6, 2006

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by almendro

I haven’t quite figured out the relationship between the Thyssen Museum and the Fundación Caja Madrid, but whatever it is, I like it. They’ve been co-sponsoring shows for awhile now, spreading the goods between the new Thyssen space and the Fundacíon’s small gallery in front of the Convento de las Descalzas. Right now, they’ve got an impressive show on Russian vanguard going on. I haven’t made it to the Thyssen, but last night, in between finally seeing ‘Capote” and buying 2 pounds of good coffee at El Mexicano and 2 boxes of vacuum bags at our hardward store (both items hard to come by in Asturias), I rushed through the show at the Fundacion.

And left it, as always, quite taken with the place. It’s small–just two rooms—but I like the intimacy, and the fact that you’re not beating back hordes from the walls. It’s free. And the Thyssen doesn’t hog all the good stuff for itself; there was a Malevich series, and some Rodchenko, and a reproduction of that great monument to the III International. Go see–it’s there until May 16th.

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