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Bilbao (Spain) / The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao hosts the exhibition that brings together a large group of colourful portraits by the British painter David Hockney, made in California to friends and collaborators, which is a celebration of friendship and a study of the current Californian society.

The exhibition, titled David Hockney: 82 portraits and a still life, is made up of full-length portraits in a seated position, of other friends, close collaborators or acquaintances of the artist.

Hockney painted them during three years of intense work in his studio in the Californian city of Los Angeles after concluding the successful tour of the landscapes of his British land of Yorkshire.

Curated by her friend and collaborator Edith Devaney, who also made one of the portraits that are now shown in Bilbao, the exhibition shows Hockney’s ability to capture the personality of each of the people he portrays.

They posed for him for seven hours a day, three days in a row, in which he came to lock up a great knowledge of the people portrayed.

The portraits were made by express invitation of the artist to his closest friends, employees and collaborators, never by order, according to the curator Edith Devaney in the presentation of the exhibition today at Guggenheim Bilbao.

In some cases, he extended this invitation to the relatives or collaborators of the portrayed ones, with what he reflected in his extensive work, the largest of the portrait genre made by Hockney, to a broad spectrum of present-day North America.

Thus, the catalogue of people reflected ranges from members of relevant financial families such as Jacob Rotchild, fourth Baron de Rotchild, to the man who washes his car, going through his personal dentist or relevant members of the Californian art world.

He also portrayed artists and famous professionals whom he admires, such as John Baldessari or the author of the Guggenheim Bilbao building, the architect Franck O. Gehry, although his selection criteria were never influenced by the celebrity of the character to be reflected, he has specified the Police station.

To all of them, he portrayed in the same way and with the same light: sitting in a chair in his studio in Los Angeles. (November 11, 2017, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
La noticia trata…
de una exposición en un museo español.
de una exposición en la capital de España.
de una exposición en un museo británico.
Question 2
En la noticia se dice que…
los cuadros que se exhiben no se pintaron en el país de origen de Hockney.
todos esos cuadros fueron pintados en la tierra natal de Hockney.
Hockney solo retrató a personas que él no conocía.
Question 3
Según el texto, ¿cómo aparecen las personas retratadas?
De pie.
Question 4
En la muestra se quiere mostrar…
la influencia que recibió este artista de otros pintores.
las diferentes etapas artísticas del pintor.
cómo el pintor mostraba la personalidad de los retratados.
Question 5
Hockney tardó varios días en pintar a cada uno de los retratados.
Es verdad.
Es mentira.
¡No se sabe!
Question 6
Hockney retrató a todo el mundo que se lo pidiera.
No se sabe.
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