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March 26, 2011July 4, 2011

Balenciaga and Spain

Balenciaga and Spain examines the profound and enduring influence of Spain on the work of haute couture master Cristóbal Balenciaga. The impact of Spanish culture, history, and traditions is explored through the recurring themes in Balenciaga’s oeuvre and organized in the exhibition in six sections: Spanish Art, Regional Dress, the Spanish Court, Religious Life and Ceremony, the Bullfight, and Dance. Hamish Bowles, the European editor at large for Vogue, is guest curator. Objects are drawn from museum and private collections in France, Spain, and the United States, including the FAMSF collection.

Image: "Balenciaga and Spain" installation at the de Young.


Balenciaga and Spain is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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Major Patrons
San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums
Christine Suppes

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Neiman Marcus
Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue
Diane B. Wilsey