Empresario Juan Abelló and his wife, Anna Gamazo, have spent thirty years building one of the top private collections in Spain, a gathering of the finest and rarest of masterpieces by Spanish artists and international modern masters spanning five centuries. This exhibition presents approximately 70 highlights from their painting collection, including works by Francis Bacon, Georges Braque, Canaletto, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Edgar Degas, Francisco Goya, El Greco, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso and Jusepe de Ribera. This marks the first time that this wholly private collection is the sole focus of an exhibition, and the Meadows Museum is its sole American venue.
On April 3, 2015, fifty years will have passed since Algur Meadows first realized his dream of creating a “small Prado in Texas.” How has the Museum developed from 1965 to 2015? How did it withstand early scandals involving crooked art dealers and forgeries to become one of the leading institutions of Spanish art outside of Spain? On view from April 18 until August 2, The Meadows Collects: 50 Years of Spanish Art in Texas, will answer these questions through a display highlighting defining moments in the Museum’s history.
For more than 500 years, the Alba family has formed part of the most important aristocratic lineages in Europe. In celebration of the Meadows Museum’s 50th anniversary, they are graciously allowing more than 130 works from their private collection to leave Spain for the very first time. Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting presents paintings and decorative arts drawn from three of the family’s most spectacular palaces in Madrid, Seville, and Salamanca, including works by Titian, Goya, Rubens, Rembrandt, Ingres, Renoir, Chagall, and many more.