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PICASSO AND ABSTRACTION

Art | January 5, 2023 |

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Picasso & Abstraction
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels
October 14, 2022 – February, 12 2023

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, in close collaboration with the Musée national Picasso-Paris, are devoting a unique exhibition to Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) next fall. The two institutions are decrypting a theme that has never been explored before: for the very first time, Picasso’s relationship with abstraction will be brought to light, through more than one hundred and forty exceptional works.

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Even though Picasso was an assiduous detractor of abstract art, and despite the fact that his work was entirely his own, he was nonetheless perceived by many of his contemporaries as one of the precursors of this history. This paradox is partly due to the fact that the artist himself had an ambiguous relationship with the principle of abstraction, constantly returning to it throughout his life. Many of the artists who fully embraced non-figurative painting, from the Russian avant-gardes to the American Abstract Expressionists, claimed his legacy.

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The exhibition will address the major stages that marked the links between Picasso’s work and the history of abstract art, from the first Cubist experiments of 1907, carried out on the fringes of Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, to his later work, which is sometimes situated on the borders of action painting. This surprising relationship, made up of small advances, retreats and backward steps, will be presented in the subtle chronological and thematic course of the exhibition, revealing the artist’s pendulum movement between abstraction and the figurative over the decades.

This back-and-forth dynamic also demonstrates the deconstruction of modern and contemporary art history. It is no longer a question of identifying a decisive moment that would set in motion a new and unprecedented process, but of revealing how the birth of an artistic movement is more a phenomenon of visual culture – no development in any artist’s work has been hermetic to the outside world – than to a particular work.

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Another major theme of the exhibition will be the artist’s studio, a true formal laboratory, and will show Picasso’s creative process through various series (drawings and prints), allowing the viewer to understand how he works and reflects on the representation of the chosen motifs. The studio, which is both a place of creation and a setting for the work, is also the space where the painter’s imagination is realised, allowing a glimpse of the ambiguity between reality and fiction.

The exhibition, with its sharp and innovative theme, will show how Pablo Picasso works tirelessly, and will reveal his legendary curiosity and his application to understand the functioning of the things around him. The viewer will not only be invited to appreciate Pablo Picasso‘s extraordinary creativity and his ability to constantly reinvent himself, but also to measure, through his work, how impulses towards the unknown remain an excellent way of getting to know oneself better and of freeing oneself from the limiting labels.

more. www.fine-arts-museum.be

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