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Featured Exhibition: Picasso/Rivera: Still Life and the Precedence of Form

mm-70-1000pxPicasso/Rivera: Still Life and the Precedence of Form, Meadows Museum, Dallas, USA, until  5 November

This focused exhibition of paintings is inspired by a work in the Meadows Museum’s collection, Picasso’s Still Life in a Landscape (1915). In the early 20th century, Picasso and the Mexican artist Diego Rivera both lived and worked in Paris. Initially friends, in 1915 they fell out because Diego Rivera accused Picasso of plagiarising the foliage from one of his own paintings.

The source of Rivera’s ire was the perceived semblance between his 1915 Zapatista Landscape (The Guerrilla) and Picasso’s Seated Man (1915-16), which in its first iteration – as seen by Rivera in another visit to Picasso’s studio in August 1915 – was known as Man Seated in Shrubbery. Rivera noted acute similarities between his canvas and that of the early state of Picasso’s work; namely, both works featured a similarly structured still life set outdoors. The Mexican artist’s very specific complaint was his former mentor’s liberal borrowing of Rivera’s formulaic foliage – scumbled patches of green and white paint on a dark ground.

Picasso/Rivera: Still Life and the Precedence of Form takes as its point of departure another case study of the two artists’ works: Picasso’s Still Life in a Landscape (1915) at the Meadows, which will be displayed for the first time with Rivera’s Still Life with Gray Bowl (Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, Austin), painted in the same year. Exhibited in close proximity, these two paintings together encapsulate the two artists’ overlapping of themes and motif appropriation during that period.

Picasso/Rivera: Still Life and the Precedence of Form affords a closer look at the development of Picasso’s Still Life in a Landscape in the Meadows collection by presenting it together with its analogue from the Columbus Museum of Art as well as Rivera’s variation on the theme from Austin. The visual dialogue taking place in 1915 between these two giants of modern art will be further outlined through the display of Rivera’s 1915 Still Life with Bread Knife, a second generous loan from the Columbus Museum of Art. Beyond the rich anecdotes regarding the relationship of the two artists, this group of paintings provides an opportunity to find parallels as well as deviations between these canvases. In spite of limited wartime resources, 1914-15 proved to be a fecund era of creativity for both Picasso and Rivera.

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Featured exhibition: Picasso. Ceramics from the Attenborough Collection

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Pablo Picasso, Heads of Women, Aztec vase, 1957. Image by kind permission of the Estate of Lord and Lady Attenborough and The Leicester Arts and Museums Service. © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2017.

Picasso. Ceramics from the Attenborough Collection, York Art Gallery, York. Closes 5 November 2017.

Lord and Lady Attenborough began collecting ceramics by Picasso in 1954 and continued collecting for over 50 years, building one of the most significant private collections in the UK. Highlights from their collection have been loaned to York by the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester. The Picasso ceramics created in the 1950s will be shown within York Art Gallery’s Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA), which showcases ceramics by more than 600 artists including the founders of the British Studio Ceramics movement.

Exhibition: Picasso and the Mediterranean, @ Fundación Canal, Madrid

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Fundación Canal, Calle Mateo Inurria, Madrid
1 June – 15 August 2017

Free exhibition of 91 works, mainly ceramics and prints, selected from the Picasso Museo Casa Natal in Málaga. About half the exhibition is devoted to the inspiration Picasso drew from bull-fighting and its rituals and includes his series of Toro lithographs from 1945-1946, which encompass naturalistic, cubist and surreal representations of the animal. Two other sections focus on the influence of Greco-Roman antiquity on Picasso’s nudes and mythological figures and the final section includes works showing the influence of ancient cultures including that of the Arab world.

For more information, click here: Picasso and the Mediterranean

Image: © Sucesión Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2017. Source: Fundación Canal

Closing soon: Picasso and Naples: Parade

Picasso and Naples: Parade
Museo di Capodimonte, Naples,
and the Antiquarium, Pompeii
8 April-10 July 2017

Exhibition across two venues celebrating the centennial of Picasso’s trip to Italy in 1917. The artist arrived in Rome on February 18, 1917, in the company of Jean Cocteau, with whom he was working on the designs for Parade, a ballet for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes (with music by Eric Satie).Spending a little over two months in Italy, Picasso visited Naples twice, in March and April 2017. The displays include examples of Picasso’s stage and costume designs not only for Parade but also for Petrushka.

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Click here for Joffrey Ballet’s revival of Parade

Closing soon: Picasso Primitif (Paris)

 

Picasso Primitif

Musée de Quai Branly, Paris

28 March – 23 July 2017

As evidenced by the exhibition’s documents, letters, objects and photographs, Picasso’s personal collection of the arts of Africa, Oceania, the Americas and Asia accompanied him in his moves from one studio to the next. The aim is not to show any eventual influences of primitive art on Picasso, but rather to show the attraction that the arts of Africa, Oceania, the Americas and Asia held for him.

The second, more conceptual part of the exhibition offers a comparative view of the artist’s works with those of non-Western artists. The resulting juxtapositions reveal the similar issues these artists addressed (for example: nudity, sexuality, impulses and loss) through parallel 3-dimensional solutions such as deforming or deconstructing bodies, for example).

BSS Event – Private View – Art Revolutionaries: Homage to the Pavilion of the Spanish Republic 1937 – Wed 8 Feb 2017 – 6.30-8.00 pm

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British Spanish Society Event

Private view  – Art Revolutionaries: Homage to the Pavilion of the Spanish Republic, 1937
– paintings and sculptures from Picasso, Miró and Calder – with a talk at 7.00pm by Director, Jordí Mayoral.

Date: Wednesday 8th February 6.30 – 8.00 pm

Venue: Mayoral at 6 Duke Street, St. James’, London SW1Y 6BN

Tickets: British Spanish Society Members £15 – Non Members and Friends of Members £20.

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Upcoming exhibition: Picasso Portraits, London

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Picasso Portraits

National Portrait Gallery, London

6 October 2016 – 5 February 2017

Major exhibition of over eighty works focusing on the artist’s portrayal of family, friends and lovers from all periods of his  career and in all media. Works on show range from the realist paintings of his boyhood to his later ultra-spontaneous canvases. Includes celebrated masterpieces loaned by international institutions to works in private collections being shown in the United Kingdom for the first time.

Exhibition co-organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Museu Picasso, Barcelona.