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The Museo Thyssen through the historical fiction of Walid Raad

The Museo Thyssen through the historical fiction of Walid Raad

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

“Walid Raad. Cotton Under My Feet”

Until January, 23 2022

The work of the multifaceted Lebanese artist Walid Raad arrives at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid with the help of TBA21 (Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary). The exhibition, curated by Daniela Zyman, explores the genesis of the Museo Thyssen itself through a narrative linked to historical fiction, available to visit until 23 January of 2022.


In the project that Raad has designed for this exhibition -result of three years of research in the collection and archives of the museum- the events that led to the foundation of the museum are explored through the pieces preserved in the building – carpets, paintings, books, photographs…- the conservation protocols, the warehouses and archives and the figures that star the collections -art dealers, collectors, businessmen and conservatives-. It is a narrative labyrinth in which the untold history of the institution is pursued, and in which historical issues such as US sugar policy, slavery or the cold war are addressed, but often leading at the same time to fictitious issues.


“Cotton Under My Feet” is based on the most important moments in the history of the Museo Thyssen -the transition from a private to a public collection, the figure of the founder Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, the institution’s ties to Western and non-Western art…-. The rooms dedicated to this exhibition become interpretation spaces where works, installations, performance, photography and video are exhibited.



Food for the Eyes of first need.


Text: Iustinian Bolohan.

Photos: Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemizsa.


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