The stylistic variety of the genius centers the new permanent collection of the Picasso Museum in Malaga

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Pablo Picasso’s work is the only argument necessary to justify that the will to experiment was a constant in the career of the Malaga genius. Today that spirit of change and renewal is the backbone of the new stage of the Buenavista Palace.

The Picasso Museum in Malaga has presented this Monday the new tour of its permanent collection, which coincides with the return to normality after more than two months with its rooms empty due to confinement. «Dialogues with Picasso. 2020-2023 Collection »presents a chronological and thematic review of his artistic career, with the firm desire to delve into the idiosyncrasy of his work by focusing on his work processes.

The “new normal” arrives in the museum rooms with a substantial change in the distribution of the works, a selection of 152 pieces donated by the Almine Foundation and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso for Art (FABA), which includes some never before exhibited In Malaga. They articulate the updating of the collection, which also includes works that the gallery houses today and others that return to the capital after having previously been exhibited in the collection or in temporary exhibitions.

In total, more than 400 pieces developed by the artist between 1894 and 1972 give shape to “Dialogues with Picasso”, with the incorporation into the museum’s own funds of 44 paintings, 49 drawings, 40 graphic works, 10 sculptures, 17 ceramics, 1 tapestry and a linoleum iron.

It is a set of pieces carefully selected to offer a complete sample of Picasso’s evolution, from his formative stage to the milestones of his career. It includes creations such as “Bust of a Woman” (1906); “Absinthe Cup” (1914); “Susanna and the Elders” (1955) or a 1958 tapestry made from “The Young Ladies of Avignon”.

Although global, cubism is one of the foundations of what is the museum’s sixth transformation since it opened in 2003, when it revolutionized the Andalusian cultural scene and became the flagship of the Malaga museum offer. The artistic team of the MPM and FABA have shared the baton with Pepe Karmel, professor of the Art department at the University of New York and invited as associate curator.

According to Karmel, the greatest challenge in displaying the genius’ work is “to do justice to its astonishing diversity while demonstrating the unity and coherence of its work. In a few years, Picasso traveled from the drama and tenderness of the Blue and Pink Periods to the brain experiment of cubism. After World War I, he invented a new modern form of classicism.

In this sense, he refers to that perpetual metamorphosis remembering how in the 1920s and 1930s, he came and went between cubism, classicism and surrealism. “After World War II, he invented new styles for which art historians have yet to find names. He is best known as a painter, but he was also the greatest sculptor of the 20th century. And the best engraver », he explains.

Those who visit the museum will find the works distributed in groups focused on topics such as the human body, portraiture, or still life. There is a room dedicated to paintings and sculptures of bulls, birds and cats, as well as a selection of drawings that narrate and illustrate the lucid comedy of Aristophanes, Lysistrata or the myth of the Minotaur, “according to Karmel.

The new tour is the result of unprecedented work in the history of the museum, which has been forced to organize the exhibition in person and from different countries. “It was a learning experience: to look at, to see and understand Picasso in a different way,” said the artistic director of the institution, José Lebrero, during the telematic presentation.

The President of the Foundation, Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, has also delved into this line, highlighting how hard it is for professionals in the art world not to be able to be present when installing the works in the collection. “It is the moment that culminates two and a half years of work,” said the artist’s grandson, who welcomed the result, which was the result of collaboration despite the difficulties of the pandemic.

In 2023, the institution will put the finishing touch with this sample on its first 20 years of life, also coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death. This Sunday, its rooms said goodbye to “Genealogies of art, or the history of art as visual art”, the temporary exhibition that opened on February 27 and could hardly be visited for a few weeks as a result of the coronavirus, which forced the closure of the museums in Malaga and in the rest of the country. .


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