Autumn-winter in the Museu Picasso: photographic review of the most notable activities

To definitively close the autumn-winter season in the Museu Picasso, we would like to do a photographic review of the activities within the framework of the exhibitions that we have organised over the past few months.  There have been four simultaneous exhibitions (one of which continues to be open), of various contents and for all publics: ideal complements for our permanent collection.  Do you want to accompany us to remember them.

Concert commemoratiu del centenari de l'estrena de "Parade" al Liceu de Barcelona.

Commemorative concert of the first night of «Parade» in the Liceu of Barcelona.


«1917. Picasso in Barcelona», the footprint of the artist in our city

The visit Pablo Picasso made to Barcelona in 1917 accompanying the Russian ballets of Diàguilev was the seed of an exhibition which served to catch the ambiance of the period and to follow the footprint that the artist left that year in our city.

Coinciding with the centenary of the first night of «Parade» in the Gran Teatre del Liceu, for which Picasso painted the scenery and sets, we organised a concert given by two pianists from the Conservatori del Liceu, Carolina Santiago and Elisabeth Vera, and with the reading of texts by the actors Enric Majó and Abel Folk. Furthermore, the curator of the exhibition, Malén Gual, and the head of Restoration and Preventive Conservation of the Museum, Reyes Jiménez, presented in public the findings that emerged from the research prior to the exhibition.

A roundtable with Eduard Escoffet, Malén Gual, Joan M. Minguet, Elina Norandi and Xavier Theros served to reconstruct the historic context of the visit of Picasso, in a moment in which Barcelona was a refuge for the European avant-gardes who were fleeing from the Great War.

Finally, the Hidrogenesse explained to us how people danced in the 20th century in a concert-vermouth which signified the final part of the exhibition and which filled the Pati Noguera of the Museum.

Mireia Zantop en una performance del «Contuberni pugilístic» entre Arthur Cravan i Carles Hac Mor.

Mireia Zantop in a performance of the «Pugilistic conspiracy» between Arthur Cravan and Carles Hac Mor.


«Arthur Cravan. Maintenant?», closer to the myth

The aim of this exhibition, linked closely to the previous one, was to approach the public to one of the most intriguing and still unknown characters, from the beginning of the last century: Arthur Cravan. The myth of this adventurer, poet and boxer lasted one hundred years after his disappearance, when it seemed that he had drowned in the Atlantic after his boat sank during his voyage from Mexico to Argentina.

The activities of this exhibition included two sessions of performances. The first we called «Pugilistic conspiracy in Picasso’s home: Arthur Cravan versus Carles Hac Mor» and served to pay homage to the Catalan writer, who during his trajectory vindicated the non-conformist work and spirit of Cravan, as well as being the translator to Catalan.  In the second session, called «Cravan Constellation», five young artists presented their creations inspired by key characters in the biography of Cravan, such as Mina Loy, Olga Sacharoff, Otho Lloyd and Francis Picabia.

Another activity within the framework of this exhibition was the projection of the film «Cravan vs. Cravan», which included a colloquium presided by its director, Isaki Lacuesta. Furthermore, the exhibition shared with «1917. Picasso in Barcelona» both the roundtable about the avant-garde who fled the Great War, as well as the concert-vermouth of the Hidrogenesse.

Espai pedagògic de «El taller compartit» en què el públic ha pogut fer els seus propis gravats.

Pedagogical space of «The shared studio» in which the public were able to do their own engravings.


«The shared studio» or engraving as the nexus for joining artists and generations

 One of the facets of Picasso was the fact of being an engraver, an activity which moreover began a family legacy which has lasted to this day.  As such, in this exhibition we have reviewed the personal and professional ties that exist between Picasso, J. Fín, Vilató and Xavier, artists who share the passion for the technique and a strong desire to dedicate themselves to it.

In the roundtable «Engraving as a family legacy» we attended the conversation between the curator of the exhibition, Marta-Volga de Minteguiaga-Guezala, and the conservator of the graphic work of the Museum, Claustre Rafart, about the role that engraving played in these four generations of artists. To round up the session, there was a projection of the documentary «The uninterrupted line».

But the engraving can be understood even better from practice, and that’s why the artist Xavier came to the Museum to offer us a master class that he complemented with anecdotes and experiences he has lived during his fifty years dedicated to the trade.  Furthermore, the public attending the exhibition was able to enjoy a pedagogical space within the framework of the exhibition where they could learn about the technique of engraving and where family workshops were also held in which young and old were able to do their own engravings and take them away as a souvenir.

Imatge de l'entrada de l'exposició de Lucien Clergue.

Image of the entrance of the exhibition of Lucien Clergue.


«Lucien Clergue: Twenty-seven meetings with Picasso», the most private part of the genius

We have recently prolonged this exhibition which should have closed on 28th January, but now you can visit until 15th April.

Curated by Sílvia Domènech, by means of 350 photographs, the exhibition takes a look at the friendship between Lucien Clergue and Pablo Picasso, who met on 5th April 1953 at a bullfight in Arles. Two years later, Clergue visited Picasso at his home of La Californie, in Cannes, in what would be the first of twenty-seven encounters that they would have over the next eighteen years.

The photographs show the more private side of a Picasso who let Clergue capture his moments of work, leisure and intimacy, and form part of the collection of 600 images acquired by the Museum in 2016.  So, take advantage of these last few weeks of the exhibition to visit it!


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