For Immediate Release: August 1, 2018
Balenciaga in Black and Goya in Black and White October 7–January 6, 2019
FORT WORTH, TX— This fall, the Kimbell Art Museum presents two distinct special exhibitions featuring the works of esteemed Spanish artists who were captivated by the richness and mystery of the color black and the dramatic opposition of light and dark. Balenciaga in Black and Goya in Black and White will be on view in the Renzo Piano Pavilion from October 7 through January 6, 2019.
Balenciaga in Black showcases more than 100 exquisite examples of haute-couture fashion created by the revered designer Cristóbal Balenciaga in the prime of his career, from the 1940s through the 1960s. The carefully selected garments reveal in their astonishing silhouettes the imaginative yet simple taste of this extraordinarily skillful tailor who invented the semi-fitted suit, the tunic dress and the sack dress. This year marks the 50th anniversary since the closing of his atelier in Paris. Francisco de Goya is celebrated as one of the greatest Spanish painters of all time and equally acknowledged as an extraordinary draftsman and printmaker. A perfect complement to the magnificent Balenciaga exhibition, Goya in Black and White is comprised of over 85 superb examples of his works on paper. In addition to their common Spanish lineage and rich cultural heritage, these virtuosos of distinctively different mediums embraced the color black, in all its manifest variations and permutations, to produce work of unprecedented imagination and beauty. Acclaimed for their expert, inventive technique and creative vision, Balenciaga and Goya each produced work that seems modern even today.
Balenciaga in Black
The Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895–1972) is often called “the couturier’s couturier”—the fashion designer most admired by other fashion designers, among them Christian Dior and Coco Chanel. “Haute couture is like an orchestra whose conductor is Balenciaga. We other couturiers are the musicians, and we follow the direction he gives.”