This month of May, The Pigeons (1957) and the plates Parade of the bullfighters (1957) and Plunging a pair of “banderillas” into the bull (1957) have travelled to the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes de Mèxic for the exhibition “Picasso revealed by David Douglas Duncan” which can be seen until July 20th. But how have the works been prepared to go away on this trip?
Pablo Picasso. The Pigeons. Cannes,September 6th 1957. Oil of canvas. 100 x 80 cm. Gift of Pablo Picasso, 1968. MPB 70.451 | Pablo Picasso. Parade of the bullfighters. Cannes, 1957. Cancelled copper plate of the sugar lift aquatint. 20.1 x 30.1 x 0.1 cm. Given by the Barcelona City Council , 1963. MPB 70.878 | Pablo Picasso. Plunging a pair of “banderillas” into the bull.Cannes, 1957. Cancelled copper plate of the sugar lift aquatint. 20.,1 x 30,1 x 0.1 cm. Given by the BarcelonaCity Council, 1963. MPB 70.889
First of all a revision of the work is carried out to see and document its state of conservation.
The works are usually accompanied by a technician of the museum, called “courier”, who is the person charged with supervising the processes of unpacking and installation of the work, to detect any change or incident, and if required, to physically intervene in the work. In this image we can see the courier, our head of restoration Reyes Jiménez, while installing of the two copper plates in the display case of the exhibition in Mexico.