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Closing Soon: ‘Olga Picasso’, Museo Picasso Málaga, until 2 June

Pablo Picasso, Olga Pensive (winter 1923), Musée national Picasso-Paris (c) RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris)/Mathieu Rabeau, Sucesión Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2018

The Museo Picasso Málaga presents Picasso’s first wife Olga Khokhlova and her story in the first show of its 2019 exhibition calendar. The exhibition Olga Picasso was inspired by the letters and photographs found in the travel trunk of the Russian dancer, Bernard Ruiz-Picasso’s grandmother. The exhibition focuses on the years of Olga’s relationship with Picasso. It offers context on the creation of some of Picasso’s greatest works, connecting them with a personal story that developed alongside another, political and social, story.

Olga Khokhlova (Nezhin, Ukraine, 1891– Cannes, France, 1955) was the daughter of a colonel in the Russian Imperial Army. In 1911 she joined the prestigious and innovative Ballet Russes company, which was at that time highly successful in Europe under the direction of Serguei Diaghilev. She first met Pablo Picasso in Rome in the spring of 1917, when the artist was designing the sets and costumes for the ballet Parade. They were married in Paris, on 12th July 1918, and their first and only child, Paul, was born in February 1921. The couple separated in 1935, although they remained married until Olga’s death in Cannes, in 1955.

The Russian ballerina’s travel trunk, which her son received when he inherited the chateau of Boisgeloup—currently owned by the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte (FABA)—contained previously unseen letters and photographs. For many years, the drawers harboured Kodak envelopes full of photos that told the story of Bernard’s grandparents, their life together, their travels, Picasso’s ateliers and more. In other compartments lay hundreds of letters in French and Russian, tied with little pink or blue silk ribbons. Olga’s trunk, engraved with her initials, also held her dance attire, ballet shoes, tutus, programmes and such personal objects as a Crucifix and a Russian Orthodox Bible. The contents of the trunk, which was the only personal belonging Olga kept after her separation from Picasso, revealed new aspects of the artist’s work during their relationship.

Approximately 350 items will be shown in the exhibition, including paintings, works on paper, photographs, letters, documents and films. It has been jointly curated by Émilia Philippot, conservator of the Musée national Picasso-Paris; Joachim Pissarro, professor of art history and director of Hunter College Art Gallery (New York); and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, co-chair of the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, FABA, president of the Executive Board of Museo Picasso Málaga and member of its Board of Trustees. The exhibition has been adapted for Museo Picasso Málaga by José Lebrero, the museum’s artistic director, and Sofía Díaz, its exhibitions coordinator.

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The exhibition will travel from Málaga to Madrid, where it will be on show at the CaixaForum from 19 June to 22 September 2019. Click here for details.

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Featured exhibition: Hermen Anglada-Camarasa. Una revisión pictórica de la colección, Caixaforum, Palma de Mallorca, until 30 August 2020

AngladaCamarasaRevisioPictorica_cartell_desktop-v3-esThroughout his career the Catalan painter Hermen Anglada-Camarasa (Barcelona 1871–1959 Pollença) worked mainly in the ‘modernista’ style. During WWI he travelled to Mallorca for the first time and eventually settled for the rest of his life in the north of the island, where in 1967, following the artist’s wishes his house in Pollença was turned into a museum. This exhibition in Palma de Mallorca displays a wide range of his paintings alongside his collection of costume, furniture and Japanese prints, in a setting evocative of his house. 

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2016-06-SorollaSorolla. Apuntes en la arena
CaixaForum, Girona
28 June – 6 November 2016

(Then touring to CaixaForum, Tarragona, 23 November  – 5 March 2017)

123 works by Sorolla, primarily drawings selected by Consuelo Luca de Tena from the Museo Sorolla’s large holdings, and displayed alongside a small number of related large paintings and oil sketches or ‘colour notes’. The exhibition is divided into five sections covering his early career and different beach-side and fishing themes.

Sorolla: the Colour of the Sea, Barcelona

2014-06-Sorolla-Color del marSorolla: El Color del Mart (The Colour of the Sea), CaixaForum, Barcelona, 12 June – 14 September 2014. Previously shown at the Museo Sorolla, Madrid, from which many of the paintings have been selected along with works from the Museo Thyssen in Malaga. The exhibition focuses on Sorolla’s favourite theme, the sea and the many colours of its waters. A downloadable colour-illustrated leaflet in Spanish can be found at http://obrasocial.lacaixa.es/deployedfiles/obrasocial/Estaticos/pdf/Nuestros_centros/caixaforumbarcelona/Sorolla_cfbcn_es.pdf

Sebastiâo Salgado, Madrid and Brasilia

2014-05-SebastiaoSalgado-GenesisSebastiâo Salgado: Genesis, CaixaForum, Madrid, 17 January – 4 May; and later to Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (Distrito Federal), Brasilia, Brazil, 5 August – 29 September 2014. Another in the Brazilian-born photographer’s series of exhibitions of his black and white images of remote landscapes and their animal and human inhabitants.
This exhibition of 216 works was previously shown at the Natural History Museum, London.