When Picabia declared, in 1922, that “Picasso is the only painter I love”, was it simply another example of Picasso’s gravitational pull? A measure of his decisive influence over 20th century artists?
Painting a more complicated picture, this exhibition aims to reflect the fact that, in addition to his love, Picasso was also the target of Picabia’s witticisms and pastiches.
The first exhibition to compare their work, Picasso-Picabia offers an insight into an artistic tandem unprecedented in the history of 20th century painting. Exploring fifty years of rich, diverse and uninterrupted artistic production, it features both masterpieces and sometimes lesser-known works by these two artists of Spanish heritage. Presented in an 800 sq.m. temporary exhibition space, some 110 works by these two artists echo but also occasionally clash and combine with each other.
This history of painting, strewn with conflict and rivalry, but also unsettling
similarities, sheds light on the founding pictorial practices and movements of Modernity: Cubism and Orphism, Dada machines and Ingresque Classicism, mid-1920s “monster Surrealism” in the South of France, portraits of women in the 1930s, and the vital role played by photography in their work.
Enjoying the same artistic freedom, Picasso could well have said - as Picabia did of himself - that he was an “artist in all genres”, and both men changed the face of painting in the 20th century.
This exhibition forms part of Picasso Méditerranée, an international cultural event that runs from spring 2017 to spring 2019. More than sixty institutions have come together to create a program around Pablo Picasso's stubbornly Mediterranean work. On the initiative of the Musée National Picasso-Paris, this journey in the creation of the artist and in the places that inspired him offers an unprecedented cultural experience, wishing to tighten the links between all the banks.
09 June to 23 September 2018 :
from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m to 7 p.m.
(Closing the boxes at 6:30 p.m.)
Weekly closing on Mondays.
Full admission : €10
Reduced admission : €8
Free under 18s, student under 26.
Presale : April 2018