In January 2015, the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid signed an agreement concerning the loan of art works for a renewable period of two years. The first loan relates to 15 works, which have now become part of the museum’s permanent exhibition.
This unlimited-term partnership originated from the Museo Reina Sofía’s desire to expand its collection of post-war European works, ranging from art informel to Nouveau Réalisme, and the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art’s aim to make its collections accessible to the public. Thanks to this loan, the presence of several artists in the Museo Reina Sofía collection is strengthened, while others are displayed for the first time.
Two major symbolic works henceforth echo one another: Sarah by Jean Fautrier, loaned by the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, and Guernica by Pablo Picasso. Both were tributes to victims of war, comparable at the time with writers such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Francis Ponge.