On April 27th, the exhibition “Picasso céramiste et la Méditerranée” was inaugurated in the Chapelle des Pénitents Noirs, the art centre of the town of Aubagne restored in 2011.
On Friday 13 April the Museo Picasso Málaga auditorium hosted the fourth celebration of the 4th International Seminar on Art and Law in Malaga, a result of an agreement between the lawyers’ Bars of Málaga, Barcelona and Paris, to organize consecutively a gathering each spring that would provide a forum for the latest developments in the field of law applied to art, and would not be limited to members of the Law career but actively undertake to share and discuss these matters with the other parties involved: museums, galleries, artists, dealers, public authorities, author’s rights agencies, etc.
On 15 February, the monumental exhibition “Picasso & Modern British Art” opened to the public at Tate Britain in London. The show traces all of the significant points of connection between Pablo Picasso and the British art scene, from his influence on artists such as Duncan Grant and Wyndham Lewis in the early years of the twentieth century, through the admiration he inspired in such seminal figures as Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore and Francis Bacon, especially between the wars, to the second half of the century, when he was a source for inspiration to Graham Sutherland and David Hockney, among others.
The 4th of June saw the opening of the new Centre Picasso in Gósol (Berguedà), in its new home on the top floor of the village school, on the Plaça Major. The complete refurbishment and remodelling has equipped the Centre with the facilities to present its collection of ethnographic exhibits from the time that Picasso stayed in the little town in the summer of 1906, along with graphic material and reproductions to the considerable number of works that the artist made there.
The Van Gogh Museum of Amsterdam has just inaugurated the first stage of the exhibition “Picasso in Paris, 1900-1907″, jointly organised with the Museu Picasso of Barcelona where it will be presented from 1st July onwards.
This July sees the opening in the Museu de Cadaqués of the exhibition “Picasso’s Cadaqués: the Centenary of Pablo Picasso’s Stay in Cadaqués 1910-2010″. Curated by Pere Vehí and Ricard Mas, the show boasts an impressive selection of photographs, drawings and oil paintings by artists associated with the little town of Cadaqués. Read more »
On 12 June the museum of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute inaugurated the American phase of the exhibition “Picasso Looks at Degas“, which will have its unique presentation in the European Museu Picasso from 14 October.
The Clark Institute is a highly prestigious museum and centre for research in the history of art in Williamstown (Massachusetts), in the heart of New England. Just a couple of hours north of New York City, the town hosts a wealth of cultural activities during the summer, and the opening, part of the annual Summer Gala, brought together over 300 people in the Clark’s lovely gardens. Read more »
On Monday, November 9, the doctoral thesis ‘Picasso’s Iconography between 1905 and 1907. The Influence of Pompeian Painting’ by Conchita Boncompte, and supervised by Dr. Lourdes Cirlot, was read at the Universitat de Barcelona.
The thesis sets out to demonstrate the influence of Pompeian painting on the work Picasso produced between 1905 and 1907, an influence that was supported by and engaged in dialogue with Picasso’s milieu and his experience of Catalan Romanesque from his stay in Gósol. The highly stimulating presentation of this study, which runs to more than 700 pages, and promises to open up new avenues of research, has already prompted many to wish that it be made accessible to a wider readership.
It would be an impossible task to summarize here the wealth of research and visual information put forward in the session, and we have therefore asked the author herself to give us a brief extract: