Boasting over a hundred paintings, drawings, sculptures and other artworks, this exhibition embraces every period of Picasso's career, paying particular attention to one aspect of his ouvre: the constant transfigurations in his portrayal of the human figure.
Visitors are invited to take an informal journey through Picasso's distinctive creative method, focusing on the series he produced, his recurring motifs and landmark moments of breakthrough. The emphasis lies on the evolution in Picasso's approach to figural depiction as he progressed through a life of art that spanned more than seven decades. The human form played a prominent role in every period: the woman,, the emotional and passionate being, the thinker, the artist, the socio-political player, the member of the star-system. The changes in the way Picasso modelled his figures reveal the very essence of his art, and his incessant innovation imbued everything he touched. This can be traced through the variety of media shown here: as well as paintings, which make up the lion's share of the exhibition, there are also prints and drawings, works of sculpture and ceramic, photographs and film. The exhibition features over a hundred works, the majority of which - 74 - have been kindly loaned to us by the Musée national Picasso-Paris; these are supplemented by selected masterpieces from other major, global museums, including the Israel Museum of Jerusalem, the Beyeler Foundation of Basel, the Kunstmuseum Bern, the Pushkin Museum of Moscow and the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart.
TVisitors can also see three paintings from the Ludwig Museum of Budapest, and an exquisite selection of etchings from the Collection of Prints and Drawings of the Museum of Fine Arts.The exhibition catalogue - published in Hungarian and in English - contains essays by eminent French and Hungarian scholars, who offer a variety of perspectives on Picasso's artistic method. The catalogue covers all the works displayed, and is the first publication to print the documents in the Parisian museum archive that are connected with Hungary.
Cooperating partner: Musée Picasso Paris