Alicia Koplowitz – Grupo Omega Capital Collection
The Alicia Koplowitz – Grupo Omega Capital Collection, never previously shown to the public prior to the recent display of 53 works at the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris, will be exhibited at the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. Opening at the Museum in the second half of July, this first museum presentation in Spain will feature an extensive selection of around 90 works.
Over the past few decades Alicia Koplowitz has assembled one of the most important art collections in Europe. The exhibition will include around 90 paintings dating from the 16th to the 20th centuries, classical and modern sculpture, and drawings from a range of different periods. It is this dual focus on the past and present which gives the collection one of its unique qualities and which is manifested in the particular focus on 18th- to 20th-century works. Another characteristic is its cosmopolitan nature, evident in the presence of both Spanish and non-Spanish artists. This gives rise to an impressive roll-call of artists' names, some exceptional within the context of a private Spanish collection.
Among 16th- and 17th-century Spanish masters represented in the collection are Pantoja de la Cruz, Morales, Zurbarán and Arellano. Leading the 18th-century Spanish school is Francisco de Goya, accompanied by his contemporaries Camarón, Esteve and Paret. The collection also encompasses 18th-century art of the Italian school – Guardi, Canaletto and the Tiepolos and the French school, represented by Hubert Robert. Spanish painting of the 19th-century is present with a work by Raimundo de Madrazo, while French Post-Impressionism is represented through outstanding paintings by Van Gogh, Gauguin and Toulouse-Lautrec.
Moving on to the 20th century, there are notable paintings by Picasso, Juan Gris, Antonio López, Millares, Tàpies and Barceló, representing Spanish artists, while international names include Mondrian, Modigliani, Schiele, Van Dongen, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Cy Twombly, Lucian Freud, Lucio Fontana and Anselm Kiefer. The modern art section is completed with sculptures by Gargallo, Julio González, Miró, Oteiza, Chillida, Calder, David Smith, Giacometti, Lousie Bourgeois and Donald Judd.