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Bernard Plossu: “Picasso is a photographer!”

During the last days of Picasso, the photographer’s gaze, the exhibition has had a luxury guest, the French photographer Bernard Plossu (1945), well known for his subtle and poetic landscapes in black and white and one of today’s major European photographers. While, in the photomontage of Joan Fontcuberta, which is included in the exhibition, Picasso wore two watches, then Plossu had two cameras hanging around his neck during the guided visit to the exhibition on Thursday12th September, accompanied by the director of the museum, Emmanuel Guigon, and the curator of the exhibition, Violeta Andrés.

Josep Rocarol, the set designer who saved the monastery of Pedralbes

In October 1902 Picasso and his friend Josep Rocarol i Faura took the train from Barcelona to Paris.  They were happy because they had just managed to avoid doing the military service after their respective families had paid an amount to “redeem them” from the mili.  For Picasso this would be his third trip to Paris.  Very excited but with not a lot of money in their pockets: Rocarol, 35 pesetas; Picasso, over confident that things would work out, not one cent.  Just on reaching Paris, they went to stay in a cheap hotel of Montparnasse. Rocarol paid, of course, ...

Picasso, behind and in front of the camera

In mass society, the stars are photographed to infinity and Picasso was the first international media star painter. Therefore, it is to be expected that his relationship with photography was very intense, either in front of the camera - how many great photographers of the 20th century photographed him! – as well as behind it. The exhibition «Picasso, the photographer’s gaze», which you can see in the museum until 24th September, precisely explores this fruitful relation between Picasso and photography. But this isn’t just an exhibition of photographs by Picasso and about Picasso, but it also aims to bear testimony to ...

Rosa Amorós: “The inspiration of Picasso is life”

Rosa Amorós (Barcelona, 1945), an artist who has centred a large part of her life on ceramics, shows us in an enthusiastic way, in a book that she keeps in her studio, the photographs of David Douglas Duncan in which you can see Picasso transform the bones of a recently eaten fish into the central motif of a ceramic dish. This capacity of Picasso for the metamorphosis of everyday elements especially fascinates Rosa Amorós who holds the painter as one of her artists of reference. Rosa Amorós, al seu estudi amb un llibre sobre la ceràmica de Picasso Picasso in La Californie ...

Evocation and reinterpretation of Picasso

A portrait of Jacqueline, carried out by Picasso in 1957, was the origin and original inspiration of the performance by Eulàlia Valldosera, The Other Invisibles, which took place on 9th May in one of the galleries of the museum. In an exercise of self-hypnosis, the artist turned her body into a sort of antenna and with the help of the attending public, invoked Picasso and Jacqueline herself, Picasso's last wife and the recurrent model of his paintings in the last years of his life, by means of the vibration and recordings of the painting, in a very moving action that ...