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Picasso's South. Andalusian References

9 Oct. 2018 3 Feb. 2019

The exhibition will reference subjects that form part of Pablo Picasso’s iconography, such as the rituals of bullfighting, still-life and vanitas paintings, motherhood, the study of the Baroque masters, and an awareness of Mediterranean mythology, and which will help to reveal aspects of his strong understanding and sophisticated knowledge of Spain’s artistic tradition. It will include a significant group of Greek and Roman archaeological pieces, while Spanish Baroque paintings by Velázquez and Murillo and other great masters such as El Greco and Goya will be instrumental in analysing the themes that the artist explored at different periods of his career. The product of his emotional and intellectual connections, they are essential to better understanding Picasso’s origins and the way he identified with Andalusia, in particular, and with the land where he grew up - a place that is a synthesis of three cultures.

Picasso's South. Andalusian References has benefitted from scientific advice from the directors of Museo de Bellas Artes de Granada and Museo de Málaga. The purpose of the exhibition is to relate Pablo Picasso’s works to an outstanding range of Spanish artistic heritage, from Iberian and Phoenician art to the advent of Spanish Modernity in the 20th Century. A valuable and generous contribution has also been made by several Spanish fine arts museums, as well as by organizations that include Musée National Picasso-Paris, Museu Picasso Barcelona and Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, thanks to a selection of major works by Pablo Picasso that encompass his early works in Barcelona up to his final period on the south coast of France.

The exhibition Picasso's South. Andalusian References will be held at Museo Picasso Málaga from 9th October 2018 to 3rd February 2019, coinciding with the Fourth International Picasso Congress, which on this occasion has been given the generic title Picasso and History.

Exhibition sponsored by Fundación Unicaja.