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And Fellini dreamed of Picasso

13 Feb. 2018 13 May. 2018

In 1962, the great Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini (1920-1993), got up one morning and described an encounter with Picasso in The Book of Dreams, a set of notebooks in which, like an anthology, he wrote and drew what he had dreamed about, as requested by his psychoanalyst Ernst Bernhardt. Between November 1960 and August 1990, Federico Fellini filled up two books with extensive imagery composed of characters and pictures, in which Pablo Picasso appeared three times: in his first dream in 1962, Fellini and his wife were visiting Picasso at home, where they gathered in the kitchen - a comfortable, friendly scene. Five years later, in 1967, he again dreamed about Picasso, describing him as an elder brother and artistic father. Last of all, in 1980, Fellini tells of his third and final dream about Picasso, in which he again speaks to him as if to a friend and a teacher.

Federico Fellini’s world will be brought to Museo Picasso Málaga in an intimate and small-scale exhibition curated by Audrey Norcia, who holds a PhD in art history. The selection of drawings, films, photographs and other documents belonging to the Italian director, along with paintings, sculptures and drawings by Pablo Picasso, make evident the sensibilities and obsessions shared by these two 20th-century giants. They involve dilemmas such as transgression, sexuality, the exaltation of life, exuberance and metamorphosis, at times presented in a surreal manner and in singular circumstances.

Throughout his life, Federico Fellini made notes of the world around him, producing grotesque drawings to which he would sometimes add comments. Although as a young man he had earned his living as an illustrator and caricaturist, it was film that was to become his artistic means of expression. Fellini directed films from 1950 to 1990, although his greatest successes as a filmmaker were in the 60s and early 70s. He confessed that he hoped cinema might be, in its own way, a painting, and his films are made up of episodes that may certainly be described as pictorial.

Organized with the collaboration of Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte.