Sorolla through light

at the Bancaja Foundation in Valencia


Bancaja Foundation
October 4, 2023 - February 29, 2024


Sorolla through light is an exhibition organized by Light Art Exhibitions in co-production with the Sorolla Museum and the Sorolla Museum Foundation. In Madrid it was presented at the Royal Palace together with the collaboration of Patrimonio Nacional and was one of the most visited exhibitions of the season with more than 180,000 visitors. Currently, Fundación Bancaja hosts the exhibition at its venue in Valencia until February 18, 2024.

The exhibition, curated by the great-granddaughter of the Valencian artist, Blanca Pons-Sorolla, and by the former director of the Sorolla Museum, Consuelo Luca de Tena, offers an innovative proposal in which the original work of Joaquín Sorolla is complemented by the experience of a sensory room and another virtual reality room.

Sorolla through light is presented in Valencia with an expanded selection of original works that brings together 45 canvases dated between 1890 and 1920 and from the Sorolla Museum, the Sorolla Museum Foundation, the Hispanic Society of America, the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, the ABANCA Art Collection and the Esther Koplowitz Collection, as well as twenty private collections and the Bancaja Foundation itself.



The set of works includes pieces that are presented for the first time in this exhibition or are very little known to the public, as well as some of the painter’s masterpieces such as ¡Triste herencia!, Después del baño. La bata rosa or La vuelta de la pesca.

The exhibition reviews Sorolla’s legacy from one of the essential particularities ofhis painting: his mastery in the pictorial expression of light.

The exhibition route allows us to approach essential themes in Sorolla’s career such as the sea and the beach with scenes located mainly in Valencia and Jávea, but also on the coasts of Asturias, Biarritz, San Sebastián, Mallorca and Ibiza; the landscapes and gardens with creations inspired by spaces in the Alcázar of Seville, the Alhambra in Granada, La Granja and the garden of his own house in Madrid; and outdoor portraits, a genre that reflects his masterful use of luminosity and color.

Along with the contemplation of the original work, the exhibition offers a sensory tour of Sorolla’s paintings, photographs and personal documents through LED multi-screens and the immersive effect of an original soundtrack, and a virtual reality experience that allows visitors to travel to the time and scenarios in the life of the Valencian artist. These experiential resources have been developed with the most innovative technologies and under the editorial coordination of the curators.

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