Picasso and Picabia. Painting in Question
October 11, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - January 13, 2019 @ 8:00 pm€3
The Picasso and Picabia exhibition offers a journey through 20th century art, by bringing together two fundamental artists from the era—Pablo Picasso and Francis Picabia. The exhibition starts with the emergence of Cubism around 1910 and moves on to Dadaism in 1915 – of which Picabia is undoubtedly one of the prime exponents. Next, it looks at the 1925-1928 period, when both artists shared a taste for what we might call monstrous classicism. The exhibition ends with a selection of their final paintings. Until his death in 1973, Picasso relentlessly returned to the human figure, while Picabia, whose career finishes in 1953, reduced the act of painting to subtle monochrome works peppered with dots.
Comprising over 150 pieces (paintings and graphic arts) and archival documents (journals, letters and photographs) the dialog established here between the works by Picasso and Picabia will reveal the real or imagined links between them. These two Spanish artists were often mixed up in their early days due to the similarity of their surnames. This caused confusion in the press when they were still not well known. But, first and foremost, they shared the desire to challenge the pictorial conventions laid down by the history of art, with both of them equally determined that the “assassination of painting” was the path they should take to rejuvenate it.