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Step into the enticing world of Korean heritage

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Nestled on the western side of the alluring Retiro Park in the royal city of Madrid, TheMuseo Nacional de Artes Decorativas is one of the capital’soldest museums with a vast collection of more than40,000 works of art. CloudGuide is excited to bring you the guide to the museum’s intriguing temporary exhibition,The Journey of Time: Craftsmanship and Korean contemporary design.

To capture the consciousness of time, the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas invites you ona journey through Korean craftsmanship and contemporary design. The exhibition takes us from the creation of an object in Nature through its integration into the life of mankind, to finally taking shape in the work of art. In order to comprehend the harmony of Korean objects and their symbolism, it is essential to witness the balance between their beauty and usefulness. The exhibition focuses on the values ​​of contemporary design and thecultural legacy handed down from generation to generation, building into the preservation of tradition.

The links between tradition and modernity in contemporary Korean culture and its unique philosophy of life are presented through distinctive sections of Nature, Man and Object. The Iines used to portray nature replicate traditional forms and techniques and their inspirations emerge from Korean intangible heritage. In order to provide the object with both functionality and beauty, it is essential to comprehend the properties of the materials and have the wisdom of handling those materials and tools in order to integrate them with the most sophisticated techniques of the era. From the creation of an object in nature to its integration into the life of man, objects can either go through complex processes or require minimal interventions. The objects arising from one of these treatments convey the warmth of time and the emotional passion of the artist.

The Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas is hosting The journey of Time: Craftsmanship and Korean contemporary design until June 24. Discover the inspirational world of Korean heritage and design now on our App!



CloudGuide is proud to welcome the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum to the CloudGuide app!

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CloudGuide is proud to introduce you to the latest addition to our app, the incredibleMuseo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, situated on Madrid’s bustling Paseo del Prado Boulevard! The prestigious institution is home to one of the most prominent private collections of paintings of the twentieth century. Featuring masterpieces by Rubens, Rembrandt, Manet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso and other masters of painting, the museum’s established showcase is a delight for visitors to revel in.

The fascinating assembly unveils some of the most prominent works of western art, spanning from the thirteenth century to the twentieth century. With almost one thousand works on display nestled in the historic Villahermosa Palace, visitors can relish in the Renaissance, discoverMannerism, pause in theBaroque, linger through Rococo and follow the path of Romanticism to finally behold thenineteenth and twentieth century art movements. The museum has always been highly appreciated for its awareness of Impressionism, Fauvism, and nineteenth century American painting as these works could rarely be found in state-owned collections.

The Thyssen-Bornemisza collection, together with its principal creators Baron Heinrich and his son Hans Heinrich, found home in Italy during the turbulent politics of interwar Europe. When in 1992, Hans Heinrich decided to transfer his vast collection from the crowded gallery of Villa Favorita in Lugano, it marked the largest move of works of art in history. The new museum, nestled in the historic Villahermosa Palace wasinaugurated in 1992by the King and Queen of Spain. Following the huge success of the museum only a year after its opening, more than 775 works of art had been acquired by the Spanish public.

Watch the history of western art unfold at the world-renowned Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. For an exclusive glimpse at the highlights of their collection, download the guide on our App!



Discover the magnificent diversity of the Americas.

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The Museum of America’s vast permanent exhibition, is definitely a treat for all archeology enthusiasts! Situated in the vibrant city of Madrid, Spain, the museum features extensive collections of American archeology and ethnology, ranging from the Paleolithic period to the present day. Arranged into five key areas, the permanent showcase first introduces its visitors to the history of the North American continent, followed by the inhabitation process, the formation of diverse societies, their relationships with the supernatural and ultimately the communication systems that have developed over time.

The permanent collection, featuring 25.000 objects on display, aims to unveil the complex American reality using anthropological approaches. It takes its visitors on a journey through American history, starting with Knowing about America, the first area of the museum which delves into the way Europeans imagined the Americas before setting out on their quests in search of new territories. It wasn’t until the conquerors brought plants, animals and natives back to European monarchs that the image of the Americas changed in European minds. With a new understanding of the American reality, visitors are shown a wide array of conquests over the continent’s geographical features; showcasing encounters with significant American cultures and the flow of migration waves across land. Entering the largest area of the museum, The area of Society, visitors are introduced to the diverse cultures that lived in America for thousands of years. It illustrates the distinctive societies that have coexisted on the continent by demonstrating their day to day lives, opening the door to The area of Religion which teaches us that understanding a culture means understanding its religion. The hispanic catholicism fused with ancient practices and rituals creating a unique set of beliefs on the continent. Lastly, the area of Communication shows the origins of written communication in America and its development into an area of great language diversity.

Highlights from the permanent collection of the Museum of America is now available on our app, featuring more information and content on the history of the Americas. If you’re in Madrid, make sure to add this exciting exhibition to your schedule, we promise you won’t regret it!

 



Feel the glory of The Belle Époque

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The Belle Époque, French for Beautiful Era, was the prosperous time between the Franco-Prussian war in 1871 and the outbreak of World War I in 1914. This epoch was distinguished by ubiquitous optimism, regional peace, economic prosperity and countless technological innovations. Château-Musée de Nemours in Nemours, France aims to reflect on this period and evoke the feeling of The Belle Epoque in its temporary exhibition by immersing its visitors in the artistic, intellectual and social atmosphere spread through the vast lands of the French Third Republic. The exposition delivers a panorama of the effervescent period, tackling themes from Art Nouveau to the study of Japanese art; the epiphany of entertainment and leisure, including fashion, celebrities and the growing popularity of theater and music halls. Featuring about a hundred and twenty prominent works including paintings, sculptures, photographs, decorative arts and jewels, the exhibition gives a tribute to artists at the turn of the century. Prosperous names such as Jules Chéret, Félix Bracquemond, Emile Gallé and many others take us back to the “Golden Age” of flourishing arts before the horrors of World War I changed the world forever.

Download our App and use The Belle Époque guide to discover all this exhibition has to offer!



The world of Ydessa Hendeles: Reality or Fantasy?

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The Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier location is welcoming the famed Canadian artist Ydessa Hendeles, marking her first retrospective in Europe with the exhibition titled Death to Pigs. Featuring an expansive arrangement of more than 150 vintage wooden manikins, a plastic pig and an American roadable aircraft, Hendeles collects historical objects and artifacts to bring them together in complex and expansive installations. The exhibition Death to Pigs showcases some of the artist’s most prominent works created within the last thirteen years. Ydessa was born to Holocaust survivor parents in the city of Marburg. Her works reflect the history of the twentieth century with a narrative consistent with loss and alienation presented through thorough historical and cultural research with autobiographical references throughout. Hendeles encourages the visitor to find or forge a connection by looking back in the past to understand the consequences it has on our future. She introduces us to social developments, such as ideas of cultural identity that were used destructively to influence masses and turn utopian ideas into dystopian realities.

The Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier’s temporary exhibition reflecting the works of the great Ydessa Hendeles is on display until the 27th of May. Exclusive photos and a deeper look into the story behind her collection are featured in the CloudGuide guide, now available on our App!

 



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