Ricardo Viñes, visionary, composer and virtuoso
This exhibition dedicated to the pianist Ricardo Viñes (1875-1943) was presented at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Orléans with the support of the ADRIC association. This visionary interpreted works of the most important composers of his time.
From February 19th to March 10th, 2002.
Musée des Beaux-Arts of Orléans.
This exhibition highlights the career of Ricardo Viñes , the renowned Spanish pianist through his letters, his friends ones, many portraits and documents, especially thanks to loans by the Bibliothèque Nationale, manuscripts of pieces that he created or which have been dedicated to him.
Great virtuoso blessed with a prodigious memory, open-minded man, he is passionated by all arts. His piano repertoire is tremendous: youth, future major composers, forgotten and unknown persons are all welcomed on his piano. Fauré, Duparc, Ravel, Debussy, Satie, Déodat de Séverac, Spanish, Russian even Argentinian composers, and Les Six passed before his enchanted fingers.
Moreover, this musician is interested in painting of his time, from Redon to Monticelli. He standed up for Nabis, Impressionnists and supported Picasso, then unknown. At this end of a recital, he happened to see his friends reciting a hundred of verses of Baudelaire or Verlaine.
This exhibition has been created and designed by Evelyne de Boisgrollier and Isabelle Klinka, with the participation of the Bibliothèque Nationale and thanks to the loans of Madame Nina Gutrisch-Viñes (personal collection).