The collection of the Russian Museum in cooperation with the “La Caixa” Foundation presents new temporary exhibitions with three proposals: “Picasso’s Perpetual Freedom and Life”, “The Reason for Dreams: Forms and Their Limits” and “Picasso the Painter of Words”. The artworks and pieces displayed in the exhibitions come from the collections of Picasso’s Birthplace Museum and from his library’s collection.
The Unbound Picasso: Freedom and Life
The exhibition halls of the collection of the Russian Museum host an exhibition It depicts the multifaceted and inexhaustible creative ability of Pablo Picasso. With more than three hundred pieces produced by the Malaga-born artist between 1905 and 1971, which come from the funds of the Casa Natal Picasso Museum, it is about displaying an anthology of themes, techniques, methods, experiences and testimonies of a life based on creation and on the use of freedom that goes to its limits. Along this route, visitors will witness the magnificence of the Malacca-born artist, from his first maturity to his later years, through thematic hubs covering the different aesthetic modalities of producing his work: from transitions between blue and pink periods to Analytic Cubism, Synthetic Cubism, Classical, Surrealism, and Freeform based on A mixture of cubist and surrealist elements.
Rarely have we had the opportunity to appreciate this selection of pieces (prints, ceramics, books, photographs and watercolor prints) in a universal and universal spirit to show the boundless and inexhaustible Picasso, the Picasso to whom life and freedom mean the same. The exhibition consists of twenty works: Françoise; Jacqueline, woman in a chair; Eternal feminine. Nudist Man Survivor Face; wild animals; Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Chef Dover is unknown; Gongora’s poems. Carmen. the lost body buried the Count of Orgaz; bulls. The song of the dead. Picasso in front of the lens of Gyènes; Asqua friendship. Arias family legacy; others mirror. and leave.
The cause of dreams. Shapes and their limits
This selection of artwork attempts to show visitors how dreams have their own rules and reasons. Through eight thematic and formal sections, comprising one hundred works of art, an iconic repertoire that embodies the aesthetic vibration of an era that continues today will be on display.
These sections are Ante la esfinge (with works by Raphael Canogar, Daniel Henry Moore, Alex Katz, Joan Bunch and Jumi Balensa); El espejo del alma (including, among others, Francis Bacon, Francisco Benado, Dorothea Tanning, Georges Segal, Jerry Georges Ducobel, Encarni Lozano, Joan Bunch and Zouch); pop music La pulsión (with tracks by Joan Ponç, Carlos Pazos, Ed Ruscha, Georg Baselitz, Max Ernst, Lope, Chema Lumbreras, Jorge Castillo); Obscura nocte per umbram (including pieces by Bacon, Venussa, Karel Abel, Lucio Muñoz, Cristo and Vieira da Silva); El canto de la carne (Gabriel Padilla, Fritz Scholder, Antonio Clavé, Enzo Cucchi, or Roland Penrose); Esplendor geométrico (Larry Rivers, Robert Harvey, Equipo Crónica, Hervé Télémaque, Manolo Quejido, James Rosenquist, Eugenio Chicano, Joaquín de Molina, Arman or Antoni Miralda); clouds and signs (Amadeo Gabbino, Eduardo Chillida, Damaso Ruano, Eusebio Semper, Silvia Hornig, Gerardo Rueda, Capra de Luna, García Pons, Jessa or Barbadillo); And finally, the Visual Fauna (Clais Oldenburg, Ed Moses, Ferran Garcia Seville, Stanley Heather, Luis Gordillo, Hans Hartung, Henry Goetz, Manolo Millaris, Joan Miró, Manuel Rivera or Anthony Tapis).
Picasso Word Maker. Illustrative books from the collection of the NATAL Museum Library
Picasso collaborated with the original graphic works in 156 books, of which the Casa Natal Museum library owns more than a third. Besides a small collection of picture books, this gallery houses several Picasso’s drawing manuals. We know of 190 of these pamphlets, but only nine of them have been reproduced in their original format.
Behind these posts, the visitor can find frequent stories of commitment and friendship. A sneak peek at the names that appear in this exhibition confirms this. Writers Max Jacob, Jean Cocteau, Paul Eluard, Ramon Reventus, Jaime Sabartes, Maurice Toisca, Georges Huguenet and Jean Marcinac, authors of the texts of some selected books, were close friends of Picasso. An old acquaintance from the time of the Ballet Russes was Boris Kochno, where he was Diaghilev’s secretary. Fernand Morlo and the Krumlink brothers were among the printers who contributed to the development of Picasso’s graphic works.
The galleries of Berggruen and Louise Leiris (the heirs to the Daniel-Henri Kahnweiler gallery) have been a constant support for the gallery and the sale of its creations. His great predecessor was the art dealer Ambroise Vollard and an important publisher of picture books. Christian Zervos, art critic and founder of the publishing house Cahiers d’art, played an important role in the dissemination and knowledge of Picasso’s work. This spread in Spain would not have been understood without the work of Barcelona publisher Gustavo Gilli, to whom he dedicated a small sketchbook when they were preparing the illustrated book La Tauromaquia de Pepe Illo together. The humor in their personal relationship is also found in the little notebooks he draws for Marcel Duhamel. Humor, love, drawings, words, art, literature and life in outdated printed books that reach the public today thanks to this exhibition.
After more than 40 exhibitions, the Russian Museum is no longer Russian!