Red River Storm by Robert Nava
Museum Exhibitions

Robert Nava

May 11 – Sep 22, 2024
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Within its exhibition program devoted to the collection of Blanca and Borja Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum presents a retrospective on the work of the American artist Robert Nava. Curated by Guillermo Solana, this exhibition will feature 17 large-format works created by the artist between 2019 and 2024, among them Castle Back Flyer (2021), which belongs to this collection.

Consciously avoiding academic norms, Robert Nava has evolved a markedly individual style related to “bad painting”, a term used to define works which challenge good taste. Influenced by Prehistoric and Egyptian art, Pre-Columbian culture, cartoons and the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Cy Twombly, Nava aims to create a new mythology that reflects the present day, comprising hybrid creatures and zoomorphic monsters located in scenes that involve an element of violence.

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  • Museum Exhibitions — Robert Nava at the Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, May 7, 2024