“Picasso e la modernità spagnola” in Palazzo Strozzi until 25 January 2015

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Pablo Picasso (Malaga 1881-Mougins 1973), Seated Woman Resting on Elbows 8 January 1939, oil on canvas, 92 x 73 cm. Collection from Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid
Pablo Picasso (Malaga 1881-Mougins 1973), Seated Woman Resting on Elbows 8 January 1939, oil on canvas, 92 x 73 cm. Collection from Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid

Pablo Picasso in Palazzo Strozzi (20 September 2014 - 25 January 2015)

Starting 20 September 2014, Palazzo Strozzi in Florence will once again be shining the spotlight on modern art with a major new event devoted to Pablo Picasso, one of 20th century painting’s greatest masters.
Picasso and Spanish Modernity has put together a broad selection of works by the great master, from the collection of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, in an attempt to stimulate a reflection on his influence on every aspect of art in the 20th century, and on his interaction with such leading Spanish artists as Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Juan Gris, María Blanchard and Julio González.

Pablo Picasso (Malaga 1881-Mougins 1973), Seated Woman Resting on Elbows 8 January 1939, oil on canvas, 92 x 73 cm. Collection from Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid
Pablo Picasso (Malaga 1881-Mougins 1973), Seated Woman Resting on Elbows 8 January 1939,
oil on canvas, 92 x 73 cm.
Collection from Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid

Picasso and Spanish Modernity comprises some ninety works by Picasso and other artists, ranging from painting to sculpture, drawing, engraving and even a film by José Val del Omar, thanks to the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi’s synergistic cooperation with the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.
The works of art on display include such celebrated masterpieces as Woman’s Head (1910), Portrait of Dora Maar (1939) and The Painter and the Model (1963) by Picasso, Siurana, the Path (1917) and Figure and Bird in the Night (1945) by Miró and Dalí’s Arlequin (1927), along with Picasso’s drawings, engravings and preparatory paintings for his huge masterpiece Guernica (1937), none of which have been displayed outside Spain in such vast numbers before now.
Curated by Eugenio Carmona, Professor of Art History at Malaga University, a member of the Patronatos del Museos Patio Herreriano in Valladolid, of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and of the Comisión Andaluza de Museos, the exhibition covers the years 1910 to 1963, exploring the relationship between Art and Culture and establishing the elements that comprised that plastic transformation – and also subsequent plastic transformations – of artistic awareness in Spain’s cultural diversity through shared styles or common, coinciding and interacting aesthetic denominators and plastic interests.

Pablo Picasso - The Painter and the Model
Pablo Picasso (Malaga 1881-Mougins 1973), The Painter and the Model
27 march – 7 may 1963,
oil on canvas, 130 x 161 cm.
Collection from Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid

The exhibition also shows how those shared styles developed over time and were expressed by each individual artist, in relation to the social, historical and political context in which they saw the light of day.
With this exhibition Palazzo Strozzi celebrates Picasso in a very special year which also will see the re-opening of the Picasso Museum in Paris, on October 25th, the birthday of the artist, the myth of the twentieth century, ever present in his inexhaustible modernity.

 

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Dal 20 settembre Palazzo Strozzi inaugura un nuovo importante evento espositivo dedicato ad uno dei più grandi maestri della pittura del XX secolo: Pablo Picasso.

Una rassegna davvero straordinaria di opere provenienti dalla collezione del Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía di Madrid.
Picasso e la modernità spagnola presenta un’ampia selezione delle opere del grande maestro, che permettono di riflettere sull’influenza che ha esercitato su tutta l’arte del XX secolo mettendolo a confronto con importanti artisti spagnoli come Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Juan Gris, Maria Blanchard, Julio González.
L’esposizione accoglie circa 90 opere della produzione di Picasso e di altri artisti tra dipinti, sculture, disegni, incisioni e un film di José Val del Omar grazie alla collaborazione tra la Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi e il Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía di Madrid.
Tra le opere esposte sono presenti capolavori assoluti come Testa di donna (1910), Ritratto di Dora Maar (1939) e Il pittore e la modella (1963) di Picasso, inoltre Siurana, il sentiero (1917) e Figura e uccello nella notte (1945) di Miró, Arlecchino (1927) di Dalí e poi i disegni, le incisioni e i dipinti preparatori di Picasso per il grande capolavoro Guernica (1937), mai esposti in numero così elevato fuori dalla Spagna.
La mostra è curata da Eugenio Carmona, professore di Storia dell’arte all’Università di Malaga, Membro de los patronatos del Museos Patio Herreriano di Valladolid, del Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía e della Comisión Andaluza de Museos, e ripercorre un periodo cronologico amplissimo compreso tra il 1910 e il 1963 esplorando i rapporti tra Arte e Cultura, stabilendo gli elementi che configurarono quella trasformazione plastica della coscienza artistica nella diversità culturale spagnola attraverso poetiche o attraverso denominatori estetici, coincidenti, condivisi o interrelazionabili.

Con questa mostra Palazzo Strozzi celebra Picasso in un anno speciale che vede anche la riapertura del Museo Picasso a Parigi, il prossimo 25 ottobre, giorno del compleanno dell’artista, mito del XX secolo, sempre attuale nella sua inesauribile modernità.

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