Alexander Calder (1898-1976) and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) changed the way we perceive. By exploring figurative themes like abstraction, the exhibition “Calder-Picasso” will examine expressions of negative space in the works of these two artists, both in their resonances and in their differences. The exhibition will focus on tangible traces of their relationship — their points in common, their meetings, their artistic collaborations, and the coordinated display of their works. These elements will underlie the exhibition as it suggests objective and metaphorical interpretations of both artists’ works through the matrix of the void. Embedded in 20th century modernity, Calder and Picasso privilege the direct and personal experiences impressed upon the viewers of their art as they offer obscure and sometimes illusory perspectives. The exhibition will assemble approximately 150 works, organized according to a thematic route, unified through the theme of the void, revealing some of the formal and conceptual tensions latent in the art of these two major artists of the 20th century. The show will be accompanied by a catalogue comprised of numerous major texts.
The show is produced in partnership with the Calder Foundation and la Fundacíon Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte. It will travel to the Museo Picasso Málaga in Fall 2019.