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Image: Meadows members standing in front of the Citrus Foundation in Valencia, Spain
Year or Sorolla: Valencia and Madrid
May 22-28, 2023
To mark the important centenary celebration of the death of artist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863–1923), the Spanish government has declared 2023 the “Year of Sorolla.”
In the fall of 2023, the Meadows Museum will present Spanish Light: Sorolla and American Collectors, to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the artist’s death. This groundbreaking exhibition features major works by Sorolla from private collections throughout the United States and is curated by Blanca Pons-Sorolla, leading scholar and the artist’s great-granddaughter. We have likewise timed our first member travel opportunity following the Covid-19 pandemic to coincide with the celebratory events in Sorolla’s native country.
The members went on a Sorolla-themed journey from Madrid to Valencia from May 22–28. Beginning in Madrid, they enjoyed special access to the Museo Sorolla, the artist’s former home and studio, thanks to a tour led by Blanca Pons-Sorolla. The Madrid portion of the trip also included private visits to the Museo del Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums as well as a special visit to the Liria Palace. Another special treat organized by Ms. Pons-Sorolla was a festive dinner accompanied by flamenco guitar at the elegant Club Monteverdi, one of Madrid’s most exclusive private arts clubs.
Traveling by luxury motor coach from Madrid to Valencia, Dallas’s “sister city,” they visited the sunny beaches where Sorolla famously painted children and fishermen in the surf. Scholar David Gutierrez Pulido guided the group as they followed in Sorolla’s footsteps. As always, Meadows Museum guests will enjoy the best of local cuisine in intimate and private settings, including Valencia’s most famous dish: paella. From the golden sands of Playa Las Arenas and the flamboyant Rococo architecture of the Palace of the Marqués de Dos Aguas, to the cobbled, maze-like Old Town, Valencia has a lot to offer.
International travel with the Meadows Museum is a benefit offered at the Ribera Patron level and above. As Dalí Visionary, Fortuny Angel, and Meadows Museum Advisory Council members, we are offering you one week of exclusive priority registration.
Image: The George Peabody Library, Mt. Vernon Campus, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
Spanish Art Treasures in Baltimore and Washington DC
October 27-31, 2019
Meadows Museum members at the Velázquez Court level and above are invited to join Meadows Museum Director Mark A. Roglán for this premier trip to experience the Spanish treasures to be found in Baltimore and Washington, DC. We’ll visit private collections rarely seen by the public and get insider tours of some of the area’s most important institutions. A high point will be Baltimore’s Evergreen Museum and Library, home to several important works by Ignacio Zuloaga y Zabaleta (1870–1945). The Meadows is preparing to mount a Zuloaga exhibition in 2021, and this trip will afford travelers an incredible opportunity to view these paintings in situ, where they’ve been installed for more than a hundred years. The centerpiece of the trip will be a visit to the National Gallery in Washington, DC, to get a firsthand look at the exhibition Alonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain before it travels to the Meadows Museum in March 2020. Visit the program page for all the details.
Image: Palace of the Argentine National Congress
Argentina: Buenos Aires and Mendoza
April 24-May 1, 2019
Meadows Museum members at the Ribera Patron level and above are invited to join us in 2019 to explore Argentina. We will discover the beautiful and vibrant city of Buenos Aires, before continuing to South American’s premier wine region, Mendoza.
Image above: In April of 2018, museum members explored the Basque Country, Rioja, and Madrid, Spain, visiting museums like the Guggenheim in Bilbao, stunning vineyards and wineries around Elciego, and prestigious private collections. The focus of the trip was the life and work of Eduardo Chillida (1924–2002), whose sculpture was exhibited the Meadows Museum earlier this year.
Northern Spain: Bilbao, San Sebastián, ElCiego and Madrid
April 16-24, 2018
Meadows Museum members at the Ribera Patron level and above are invited to join us in 2018 to explore Basque Country, Rioja, Castile, and Madrid. During this journey, we will visit sights ranging from the architectural marvel that is the Guggenheim in Bilbao, to the beautiful vineyards and wineries around Elciego. The focus of our art appreciation on this trip will be the life and works of Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002), who was from the Basque region of Spain. Chillida’s art will be prominently featured in an upcoming exhibition that will take place at the Meadows Museum in the spring of 2018. Chillida has major public works in cities around the world including Barcelona, Paris, and even Dallas. His monumental sculpture De Musica sits on the promenade in front of the Meyerson Symphony Center.
Image: The Getty Museum, California
Spanish Missions: Discovering the Missions of Camino Real
October 1-8, 2017
Meadows Museum members at the Ribera Patron level and above are invited to join Dr. Mark Roglán for an incredible journey exploring the Spanish footprint on America. Between 1769 and 1823, the Spanish crown established religious outposts along the Camino Real (Royal Road) to represent Spanish presence in the new world. Today these historic architectural monuments mark an important period in California’s history and are representative of the state’s cultural identity. The missions are symbols of a remarkable heritage influencing artists, writers, painters, and photographers. With their architecture style synonymous with California itself, these glorious missions are not only tourist destinations but storehouses of art and archaeological artifacts. Our journey along the Camino Real will include behind-the-scenes tours of museums, private homes, gardens, collections, and five of the most spectacular Spanish missions. Tour highlights include: luxury accommodations, Norton Simon Museum, Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Broad Museum, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Getty Museum, and The Hearst Castle. Trip price is $7,990 per person in double occupancy and $9,235 per person in single occupancy (airfare not included).
In April of 2018, museum members explored the Basque Country, Rioja, and Madrid, Spain, visiting museums like the Guggenheim in Bilbao, stunning vineyards and wineries around Elciego, and prestigious private collections. The focus of the trip was the life and work of Eduardo Chillida (1924–2002), whose sculpture was exhibited the Meadows Museum earlier this year.
Spanish Splendors of the UK!
May 29-June 6, 2016
Museum members journeyed to the United Kingdom this past spring, experiencing the best of Spanish art in both London and Edinburgh, as well as visiting Auckland Castle, County Durham, to view its series of Zurbarán paintings.
Our trips combine curatorial expertise, historical perspective, and behind-the-scenes viewing arrangements.
Members at the Ribera Patron level and up may join future trips such as this one; e-mail membership (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 214.768.2765 to upgrade your membership today.
Photo left: The group pictured with the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire (seated, third and fourth from right) at Chatsworth House
Explore the House of Alba with the Meadows Museum!
March 1-11, 2015
In March, our members joined Dr. Mark Roglán for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate the 530 year-old House of Alba’s masterpieces and decorative arts before they arrive in Dallas for the opening of Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting.
Tour highlights included visits to the Duchess of Alba’s three largest palaces: The Liria Palace in Madrid, The Palace of Las Dueñas in Seville and the Palace of Monterrey in Salamanca. The trip included visits to villas, museums and cultural attractions connected to this most illustrious family. Meadows Museum Members at the Ribera Patron level and above were invited to join this travel program that took place March 1-11.
Photo right: Meadows Museum members in the Liria Palace, Madrid, on a private tour with the Duke of Alba, March 2015.
Following in El Greco's Footsteps: Toledo to Madrid
April 21-30, 2014
In April, our Meadows Museum members commemorated the 4th centenary of El Greco’s death in 1614 by retracing the artist’s footsteps throughout central Spain.
The ten-day, exclusive trip led by museum director, Dr. Mark Roglán, involved visits to public and private art spaces throughout Toledo, Cuenca, El Escorial and Madrid. In addition to viewing over 300 works by El Greco, our members met with museum professionals, distinguished society members and dined in some of the finest restaurants. The El Greco exhibition in Toledo, with over one million visitors broke the attendance record for all Spanish exhibitions.