Picasso in Tel Aviv

From 17 November 2011 to 20 January 2012 the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is hosting the Picasso exhibition “Tauromachy. Works from the Collection of the Museu Picasso Barcelona”. The initiative has come about as part of the cooperation agreement between the Museu Picasso and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), which chose to show Picasso for the first time in Israel, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two states.

Table of registers

The space in which the Picasso’s works are being shown could not be more appropriate. The Tel Aviv Museum, opened in 1959 and expanded as of this month, has the world’s largest collection of Israeli art and a very good selection of modern and contemporary Western art. Walking through the rooms, we saw some superb sculptures by Archipenko and Lipchitz and paintings by Kandinsky, Braque, Léger, Gris, Klimt, Pollock, Dubuffet, Dalí and Vuillard, among others, and the current temporary exhibitions, which are devoted to German Expressionist graphic work and Anselm Kiefer.

Assembly of the exhibition

In addition to the new show of works from our collection, Picasso has an important place in the museological discourse here, in the form of nine works dating from 1901  to 1968.

Exhibition “Tauromachy. Works from the Collection of the Museu Picasso Barcelona”

The exhibition “Tauromachy. Works from the Collection of the Museu Picasso Barcelona” ??is installed in a series of rooms in the main building, and has been structured in four areas. In the first we find works from the artist’s early years, which together with an engraving and a photograph from the 1960s serve as an introduction to the whole. The second area is devoted to works Picasso made in Barcelona between 1899 and 1903, and the larger third area is given over to etchings and lithographs dating from 1930 to 1959, while the last has the plates and aquatints that Picasso made in 1957 to illustrate the book La Tauromaquia o el arte de torear by José Delgado.

Malén Gual
Museum curator

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