We started this exhibition project more than three years ago, the only way in which an exhibition of such a size could have been developed. We presented the project to the Museu Picasso at the beginning of 2010 and it was accepted straight away, so it was necessary to get working quickly. The first question we asked ourselves was, obviously, if it had been done before. There existed some precedents but limited to a part of the exhibition, and not to its totality (specifically, the extraordinary “Picasso and Portraiture”, shown at the MoMA in 1996, the curator of which was William Rubin and with a text about self-portraits by Kirk Varnedoe). All in all, as of today no monographic exhibition has been carried out about the self-portrait in Picasso. From the exhibition point of view, it would seem that Picasso is an overexplored artist, and the inexistence of precedents signified quite a challenge.
The Museo Picasso Málaga has just inaugurated an exhibition entitled “Picasso of Malaga. Earliest works”, curated by Rafael Inglada, which looks into the ties between Picasso and his city of birth. This exhibition has been organized with the support and collaboration of the Museu Picasso, Barcelona.
The exhibition brings together 53 works by Picasso, most of which are from his childhood and early youth, along with a selection of works from his later years that reveal how Malaga left a mark on his work. Furthermore, it includes 35 works by other artists settled in Malaga at the end of the 19th century and more than 100 documents that recreate how the city was at that time.
We are starting 2013 very much on the right foot and with good perspectives for the future of the museum. Nevertheless, we don’t want to forget everything we did in 2012, so you can find here a small selection of images of some of the projects we carried out in the museum last year:
In 2012 we started a new period in the hands of the director Bernardo Laniado-Romero, focusing especially on a revision of the Collection of the museum, as well as giving emphasis to education and accessibility from all the fields.
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No plans for the holidays? If this Christmas you are in Barcelona we propose activities for all the family that you can do either if you come to the museum or if you stay at home:
· Visit the exhibition “Picasso ceramics. Jacqueline’s gift to Barcelona”: an exhibition organized on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the donation by Jacqueline Picasso of 41 ceramic pieces produced by the artist.
On Friday, the new exhibition of the museum “Picasso ceramics. Jacqueline’s gift to Barcelona” will be open to the public. The exhibition is organised on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the donation that Jacqueline Picasso made to the city of Barcelona of 41 original pieces of ceramics in 1982 and that form part of the Collection of the museum.
During the month of March we held the third Laboratory Exchanges. The contents developed during these sessions, as well as the previous ones, will be included in the speech of the project “FX Archive: from Economy zero”, within the framework of which we will also present the exhibition “Economy: Picasso” this May.
As follows we will give you a summary of the most relevant contents of the third sessions of these laboratories: Read more »
Back in February we started the Interchanges Laboratory, which has continued this month with a block of sessions on 6, 7 and 8 March, and a third and final block on 20, 21 and 22 March.
Below is a summary of the second sessions, highlighting the most relevant inputs from these debates, talks and performative acts that offer a variety of views and interpretations of the relations between art, work, object and economy, which will be incorporated into the discourse of the project FX File: On Economy Zero, in the context of which we will also be presenting the exhibition “Economy: Picasso”.
On 21, 22 and 23 February we held the first sessions of the Interchanges Laboratory, part of Pedro G. Romero’s project Archivo F.X. : On Economy Zero, of which the upcoming exhibition “Economy: Picasso” will also form part.
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 putting together of “Picasso 1936. Traces of an Exhibition” was a very special challenge. There we were, an art museum, proposing a show containing no original work of any kind: in the words of the curator of this radical venture, Sílvia Domènech, it was a question of creating an exhibition of documents rather than with documents, in order to conceptualize the significance of the Picasso Exhibition held in Barcelona, Madrid and Bilbao in 1936 through analysis of the archives.