El Museo de Arte Thyssen-Bornemisza, in Madrid, Spain, is hosting an exhibition exploring Paul Cézanne’s plein air connections, spurred by the ideas of artist Robert Smithson.

The website introduces the exhibition with this statement: “In 1969, the artist Robert Smithson proposed a new interpretation of the work of Paul Cézanne (1839-1906). In Smithson’s view, Cézanne’s painting had been distorted by the Cubists, reduced to an almost abstract play of forms. In contrast to this formalist simplification, Smithson underlined the need to recover the physical reference in Cézanne’s work, his strong link to certain places in Provence.”

“La Curva del Camino en Montgeroult,” by Paul Cézanne, 1898, oil

“Cézanne: Site/Non-Site” is on view through May 18; visit the museum’s website for more information.


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